Women’s soccer ties with Nebraska, 2-2

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Michigan state women’s football played the roller coaster of a game against Nebraska on Thursday night, battling to a 2-2 draw with the Huskers on the road at Hibner Stadium.

The Spartans score a point in the Big Ten game with the tie, dropping to 7-1-3 this season.

The score stagnated for most of the first half until the Huskers found themselves on the board in the 33rd minute. Haley Peterson of Nebraska sneaked past the Spartan goaltender Lauren Kozal ten meters from the net. Offensively, Nebraska dominated Michigan State in the first half with six shots to three for MSU. The Huskers totaled four shots on target, while Ava cook was the only Spartan to register a shot on goal in the first frame.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Michigan State equalized. Cook ended a hiatus with his first goal since Aug. 30 against Florida Atlantic. Dribbling down the right side of the field, Cook dodged two Husker defenders and landed a left-footed strike, sending the ball over the head of the Nebraska keeper in the upper right corner of the net. The solo goal was his fourth of the season.

Nebraska moved up five minutes later to regain the advantage. Abbey Schwartz struck quickly from the right side, narrowly sending the ball past Kozal’s rescue attempt.

Facing a 2-1 lead over Husker with 20 minutes left in regulation, the Spartans remained resilient. It took only four minutes for the Greens and Whites to find the equalizer. Justine Gaynor scored his second goal of the season, set by Jordyn wickes for a wide shot over the goalie’s head in the upper right corner of the Nebraska net. An offside penalty was momentarily involved, but the goal was a 2-2 score.

Two overtime periods have passed without either team being able to capitalize and claim victory. The Spartans made three shooting attempts in the 20 minutes and limited the Huskers to one shot. Both teams failed to land a shot on target in overtime.

Michigan State led the offensive charge in the game with 14 shooting attempts, while Nebraska totaled 13. The Huskers found more accuracy, with nine shots on goal to three for MSU. The Spartans struggled with penalties throughout the game, totaling 20 fouls and five offside calls. Lauren Kozal made seven saves in goal, three short of a season-high.

The Spartans continue their road stand this Sunday, October 3 against Iowa. Kick-off in Iowa City is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT


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