The Wolverines started October with a 1-1 tie with visiting Nebraska and then hit the road to “state” their case against the best in the Big Ten with road games at Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan State.
It hasn’t gone as planned for the Wolverines, who head to East Lansing for Saturday’s showdown with the Spartans on a two-game losing streak. It looked like a rough stretch on paper when the schedule was released and it’s proven to be just as tough on the pitch.
The Wolverines lost 1-0 on Sunday at Ohio State as the Buckeyes scored in the 81st minute to push the game into the win column for the home team. No. 17 ranked Ohio State outshot Michigan 17-4 and had a 3-0 advantage in penalty kicks.
U-M senior keeper Sarah Jackson made six saves for the visitors.
The Wolverines fall to 5-4-6 overall and 2-3-3 in the tough Big Ten. OSU is 11-2-1 overall and 6-1-0 in conference play.
Earlier in the week, the young Wolverines fell to Penn State, 2-0. The loss ended the Maize and Blue’s five-game unbeaten streak.
The Nittany Lions scored a goal in each half on freshman keeper Hillary Beall and improved to 8-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Big Ten. The good news for U-M was the return of Alia Martin and Abby Kastroll, both of whom missed action because of injuries.
Michigan will wrap up its three-game road stand, traveling to East Lansing to take on Michigan State at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Spartans (5-10-0 overall and 1-7-0 in conference match-ups) are coming off a 4-0 loss to Penn State.