Oct. 3, 2013
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (DeMartin Stadium)
Score: #21 Michigan 2, Michigan State 1
Records: U-M (8-2-1, 2-1-1 Big Ten), MSU (7-3-2, 1-3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 6 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 1 p.m. CDT
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Two goals in the first 15 minutes -- by junior Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff) and senior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) -- were the difference for the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team as it downed rival Michigan State, 2-1, on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 3) at the DeMartin Stadium.
The Wolverines' first marker came in the 10th minute off a set piece. From about 25 yards out, Murillo fired a shot right on target that Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem got a piece of, but the ball went through her hands and underneath the crossbar to put Michigan up, 1-0. Senior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) was credited with an assist.
Close to five minutes later, Toohey tacked on a second goal to make the score 2-0. Fifth-year senior Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) started the play, initially firing a shot that bounced off a Spartan defender. The ball then fell to Toohey, who made one touch to her right and put a shot on target that ended up in the right-back corner of the net.
Following the two-goal outburst, Michigan State changed goalkeepers, and Michigan went into the half with that two-goal lead and also led in shots (8-5) and shots on goal (3-0).
Michigan kept attacking in the second half in search of some insurance goals. In the 56th minute, Murillo played a ball in behind the Michigan State back line to senior Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry), but McCombs' header attempt went high and wide. In the 65th minute, Michigan State had an illegal passback to the goalkeeper, leading the referee to signal a free kick for the Wolverines just inside the 18-yard box. The ensuing shot by Hein hit the wall and bounced back to her, but her follow-up attempt with the left foot went high over the crossbar.
The Spartans got a goal back with 12:45 to play in the contest. A foul was called on Michigan to give Michigan State a free kick from the right side of the field. Kirsten Evans sent the ball in to the far post, and Mary-Katherine Fiebernitz rose up over the Michigan defense to head it into the back of the net. The Spartans did not challenge again, and Michigan played keep away for the rest of the match to secure the win.
Bucklin played all 90 minutes in net but did not make a save.
Michigan stays on the road for its next match, facing No. 23 Nebraska on Sunday (Oct. 6) in Lincoln. The match will begin at 1 p.m. CDT and will be streamed online on MGoBlue.com.
Shots: U-M 20, MSU 9
Shots on Goal: U-M 5, MSU 1
Saves: U-M 0 (Taylor Bucklin), MSU 3 (Courtney Clem 1, Gabrielle Gauruder 2)
Corner Kicks: U-M 1, MSU 1
Cards: Michigan State, Jessica Kjellstrom, 22:29 (Yellow).
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423