Michigan State 4, Bowling Green 0

Nov. 11, 2005

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Michigan State women's soccer team used four second-half goals to defeat Bowling Green, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at Alumni Field on the campus of Notre Dame. The win propels the Spartans (12-5-5) into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. It marks the end of the season for the Mid-American Conference Champion Bowling Green Falcons (14-7-2).

"If you look at the first half, you've got to give Bowling Green credit," said head coach Tom Saxton, who earned his 150th career win this evening. "They really had us on our heels. We were fortunate to get that first goal, but it brought us to life and after that our girls really got going."

The Falcons kept the pressure on the Spartans for the majority of the first half, but the MSU defense led by defenders Nina Mastracci (Sr., Troy), Taryn Lee (So., Saginaw) and Erin Doan (So., Dearborn) held strong, keeping BGSU off the scoreboard.

Sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Galas (Sterling Heights) made eight stops in the first half and twelve in the game. Galas' most impressive save came in the 17th minute when she stopped Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Corbie Yee in a one-on-one opportunity. Galas earned her 11th shutout of the season.

The Green and White regained some momentum towards the end of the half with the efforts of attackers Emma Harris (Sr., Portage) and Dana Voorheis (Sr., Saginaw). Voorheis fired a shot forcing BGSU goalkeeper Ali Shingler to make a stop. Harris had an opportunity after a strong drive down the sideline, firing a shot wide of the Falcon goal.

The momentum carried over to the second half when the Spartans came out strong offensively. Voorheis fired a shot wide of the goal and Maureen Pawlak (So., Commerce Township) shot the ball at the upper-right corner of the net, forcing Shingler to make another save.

At 39:39, the added MSU pressure paid off. Mastracci served a free kick from high in the Bowling Green end into the box, where Erin Konheim (Sr., West Bloomfield) was tied up with a Falcon defender. Konheim got loose from the Falcon defense and nudged the ball into the Falcon net to give MSU the 1-0 advantage.

Jenee Witherspoon (Jr., Midland) gave State a more comfortable lead with her first goal of the season in the 71st minute. Witherspoon converted a pass from Kristi Timar (Fr., Novi), who earned her second assist of the season.

Timar put the Spartans up, 3-0, with just 8:52 left in the match when she received a pass from Konheim and Harris. Timar sealed the MSU victory less than three minutes later with her second goal of the game. Her second tally was unassisted. For Timar, it marks her first two career goals, and her first career multiple-point game, with two goal and one assist on the evening.

"It was a big game and we didn't hold back," said Timar. "We left everything on the field. I had a feeling today that I needed to step up and contribute. Now we've got to keep moving along."

Next up for MSU, it moves on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history to face the winner of the match between Valparaiso and host Notre Dame. The second round match will be in South Bend, Ind. at Notre Dame's Alumni Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday. ND's radio broadcast of the game will be available through www.msuspartans.com.



-- Courtesy Michigan State