UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Michigan State women's soccer fell to No. 23 Penn State, 5-1, on the road to close out opening weekend of Big Ten play.
With the loss, MSU falls to 7-3-0 on the season and 0-2-0 in conference play, while Penn State improves to 5-4-2 overall and 1-1-0 in Big Ten matches.
On a hot day at Jeffrey Field that included two mandatory hydration breaks throughout the match, the Spartans had 26 different players enter the pitch, with seniors Julia Crowe, Marta Gappy and Madison VanDyke making their first appearances of the season.
"We played a very good 44 minutes in difficult conditions, and we used the bench like we planned to," MSU head coach Tom Saxton said. "The Penn State team really needed a win at home. It was a game of inches; with 12 seconds left in the half, just missed a clear and a goal to concede. The first five minutes of the half were obviously crucial, we just did not organize quick enough. Credit to Penn State, they're a very solid team. We're just going to take this one and move forward."
UP NEXT: The Spartans return home to the friendly confines of DeMartin Stadium next week for the second week of Big Ten play. MSU will host Indiana in the Big Ten home opener on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. under the lights. The team will then take on Purdue on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. to close the home weekend.