Top-seed Michigan State women’s soccer defeated Minnesota 2-1 Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
MSU clinched the regular season Big Ten title after an undefeated conference season.
Sophomore forward Jordyn Wickes scored both of Michigan State’s goals as the Spartans came back from down 1-0 in the second half.
Wickes’ first goal came in the 55th minute when graduate defender Ruby Diodati blasted a corner kick across the field to Wickes who was able to knock it in.
Her second goal was scored in the 67th minute. Celia Gaynor passed the ball to Wickes at the top of the penalty area when Wickes shot it to the left of Minnesota senior goalkeeper Megan Plaschko, giving MSU the lead with just over 23 minutes to play.
It was the fourth time this season that Wickes scored the game-winning goal.
“I have no idea,” Wickes said when asked about her goal in the 67th minute. “I had the ballgame at my feet and everything went blank. I saw it hit the back of the net, hands went up, and everyone was hugging me. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Sophomore Jordyn Wickes netted both the equalizer and the game winner in front of 2,838 fans today. When asked what it felt like... pic.twitter.com/pflZvOCvx3— David Harns (@DavidHarns) October 30, 2022
The rest of the tournament is neutral-site in Columbus at the home of the Columbus Crew. Michigan State will face No. 4-seed Nebraska on Thursday at 2 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
2022 Women’s Soccer Big Ten Tournament
|Oct. 30||Match 1: No. 8 Minnesota at No. 1 Michigan State||East Lansing, Mich.||4 p.m.||Big Ten Network|
|Oct. 30||Match 2: No. 5 Ohio State at No. 4 Nebraska||Lincoln, Neb.||1 p.m.||BTN+|
|Oct. 30||Match 3: No. 6 Penn State at No. 3 Wisconsin||Madison, Wisc.||5 p.m.||BTN+|
|Oct. 30||Match 4: No. 7 Rutgers at No. 2 Northwestern||Evanston, Ill.||1 p.m.||BTN+|
|Nov. 3||Match 5: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Nebraska||Columbus, Ohio||2 p.m.||Big Ten Network|
|Nov. 3||Match 6: No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 2 Northwestern||Columbus, Ohio||4:30 p.m.||Big Ten Network|
|Nov. 6||Match 7: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 6 Penn State||Columbus, Ohio||2 p.m.||Big Ten Network|