Women's Soccer Edged Out by Michigan State, 2-1
Aug. 19, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Similar to the team's opener against Michigan, the Fordham women's soccer team's second game of 2012 saw plenty of shots, as the Rams and Michigan State Spartans combined for 36 at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Rams, the result of the match was also the same as the Spartans picked up a late goal in each half to win by a 2-1 margin.
With the loss, Fordham is 0-2 on the season, while Michigan State improved to 2-0.
Play was tight in the opening half, as the two teams combined for just seven shots by the midway point of the frame. Fordham goalkeeper Rachel Suther made two saves over the first 40 minutes, which included a brilliant stop on Rachel VanPoppelen with 6:30 remaining in the half.
The Spartans kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a goal in the 42nd minute. Off a corner kick play, Annie Steinlage picked up a loose ball in the box and knocked it into the net for a 1-0 advantage.
Suther's day would end at halftime with just the two saves, as she was replaced by Ally White. White would make three saves in the second half before Michigan State netted its second goal of the game in the 79th minute. Off a corner kick, the ball hit the post and the rebound was knocked in by Jordan Mueller.
The Rams had one more scoring chance over the final 7:19 of the game to try and tie the game, but Maksuti's shot with about three minutes left was grabbed by Spartans' goalkeeper Courtney Clem, sealing the victory.
White (0-2) was charged with the loss, having made four saves in 45 minutes of action.
The Fordham women's soccer team will next be in action on Friday, August 24th, when the Rams have their home opener at Jack Coffey Field against the Manhattan College Jaspers, beginning at 7:00 PM.