Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Iowa 10, Missouri State 0
The Missouri State field hockey team suffered their worst loss in 15 years on Sunday, as the 12th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Bears (0-3) by a 10-0 score before 198 fans in Iowa City, Iowa.
The game remained tied for the first 11:54 before the floodgates opened. Iowa’s Jessica Barnett scored the Hawkeyes’ first two goals in a six-minute span, the first off a rebound at 11:55 and the second off a penalty corner from just inside the circle.
Iowa’s Natalie Cafone, Aubrey Coleman and Marike Stribos each scored a goal to close out the first half, making MSU’s deficit 5-0.
The situation didn’t get much better in the second half. Iowa made the score 6-0 when Cafone got another shot past MSU goalkeeper Katie Mulloy about five minutes into the stanza, an unassisted goal into the far right corner. The Hawkeyes scored three more unassisted goals in the second half before Andrea Bain replaced Mulloy in goal with 15:24 remaining in the game. Stribos scored her second goal of the day off a penalty corner in the 59th minute to bring the final margin to 10-0.
Mulloy and Bain recorded save totals of 10 and one, respectively. Reiann Stoute picked up two defensive saves for the Bears.
Missouri State was out-shot 35-to-0 and gave up 19 penalty corners.
MSU hadn’t lost a game by at least a 10-goal margin since 1997, when Iowa defeated the Bears 11-0.
The team will return to action on Sept. 7 with a matchup against the Saint Louis Billikens in St. Louis, Mo.
Davidson 4, Ball State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State field hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to Davidson on Sunday, Sep. 2 in Louisville, Ky. Freshman Allie White (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) scored her first collegiate goal in the effort.
"Each game we are focusing on making progress," said head coach Beth Maddox. "Today we did some things well and others not well enough. We have made some adjustments for tomorrow and are excited to take on Louisville."
The Wildcats (2-2) got on the board early, with Amato Finley scoring a goal off a penalty corner at the 5:23 mark. Finley would finish the game with a hat trick, scoring goals in the 42nd and 61st minutes. Melissa Funsten who assisted on two Finley goals connected on a goal in the 46th minute.
White got on the board for the Cardinals (1-2) in the 34th minute getting a deflection off a penalty corner from Tarel Teach (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes). The goal was White's only shot of the day.
The Wildcats held the advantage in shots, 19-5, and penalty corners, 10-7, but the Cardinals were able to corral nine saves to the Wildcats' five.
Freshman Maddi Elliott (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) played all 70 minutes in between the posts for the Cardinals. She made eight saves, while allowing four goals.
Ball State will take on Louisville Monday, Sep. 3 at 2 p.m. at Trager Stadium. Be sure to follow the team on Twitter at @BallStFHockey or on Facebook by liking "Ball State Field Hockey". As always check ballstatesports.com for updates.
Michigan State 1, Miami 0
EAST LANSING, MIch. - It was a back-and-forth defensive battle that could have gone either way, but in the end Michigan State was able to sneak away with a 1-0 victory over the Miami University field hockey team on Sunday. The RedHawks fall to 0-4 on the season, while the Spartans improve to 3-1.
"We competed hard for 70 minutes," said head coach Iñako Puzo. "We were loyal to our game plan, and we played strong against a quality team. We paid for our mistakes, but today's performance will help us build and move in the direction we want to go."
"We played well together as a team today," added freshman midfielder Bea Dechant. "We fought hard, and we never gave up. It was a full team effort for us today."
Miami controlled play during the early portion of the game, not allowing Michigan State to even attempt a shot for nearly 20 minutes. The RedHawks got two penalty corner attempts during that time, but Spartan goalkeeper Molly Cassidy was able to turn aside shots from Jordan Long and Camerin Colby.
Once MSU was able to bring some offensive pressure, the Miami defense showed it was equally up to the task. In the 22nd minute a shot from Jessica Lindner was turned away by Leni Gross. The rebound came right back to Lindner, but a second shot was saved by the RedHawks' goalkeeper Sarah Mueller. In another impressive sequence in the 24th minute, Mueller would make two more saves, followed by another defensive save from Gross. Neither team would get another strong offensive chance and the game went into halftime scoreless.
Mueller would make two more saves off of penalty corner shots during the first 15 minutes of the second half. In the 51st minute the Spartans would finally break through as Kristen Henn would one-time her penalty corner shot into the back of the net to put MSU in front.
The Spartans had a chance to make it 2-0 five minutes later when they were awarded a penalty stroke. However, Mueller would deny them as she made a kick save to keep the deficit at one.
Miami used the momentum of that stop as it would have all the remaining offensive chances for the game. Shots by Ali Froede and Dechant off of penalty corner attempts were both stopped by Cassidy. With time expiring, Michigan State was whistled for a foul inside the circle awarding Miami one last penalty corner. Despite the clock reading 0:00, the game would continue until either the RedHawks scored or the Spartans cleared it out of the circle. Valentina Neira would take the corner and Dechant would get a good shot off, but Cassidy was once again able to make the save and MSU cleared the ball to end the game with a 1-0 win.
The Spartans held an 11-7 shot advantage for the game. The teams each had five penalty corner attempts. Dechant led Miami with two shots, both of which were on goal. Mueller made seven saves in net.
"We competed for the full 70 minutes," said Froede."We moved for each other, and we supported the ball for the entire game. We grew up as a team today."
After four contests on the road to begin the season, Miami returns home to face Longwood next Saturday at 11 a.m. The RedHawks will then travel to Columbus to take on 15th-ranked Ohio State on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.
"We have now faced four top-25 level teams in the first two weekends of the season," said Puzo. W"hile it has been a challenge, it has been an excellent process for us and this game shows that we are moving forward."