Friday's MAC Field Hockey Scoreboard - 9/14
Louisville 3, Central Michigan 2
Albany 3 Missouri St. 0
Louisville 3, Central Michigan 2
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Central Michigan field hockey team took two separate leads in the first half, but fell to Louisville, 3-2, in double-overtime in the opening round of the Michigan State Tournament on Friday.
Junior forward Abby Roth and sophomore midfielder Mary Alice Moore each scored goals in the first half for the Chippewas (3-3), but the Cardinals (5-2) answered back with goals of their own off penalty corners within five minutes of each.
Neither team scored in the second half or the first overtime period, but in the second minute of the second extra period, Louisville’s Alyssa Voelmle finished off a breakaway drive with a goal into the upper-left corner of the cage to end the match.
The Chippewas are now 1-2 in overtime matches this season, and all six of their matches have been decided by one goal.
“It was a very even game that back and forth from both ends,” head coach Cristy Freese said. “We jumped out quick with a goal and were able to respond to Louisville’s first goal, and we had some chances to score. Defensively, our defenders just have to do a better job of playing the ball off of Anastasia’s saves and get the ball out of the circle.”
Roth charged into the right side of the circle in the 16th minute and muscled through defensive traffic to find the back of the cage from two yards away for her first goal of the season.
Four minutes later, Louisville tied the match off a penalty corner. Senior goalkeeper Anastasia Netto blocked the initial shot attempt, but Elisa Garcia corralled the rebound and put it in the back of the net.
The Chippewas answered quickly with a goal from Moore in the 21st minute, which she redirected into the goal off a hard shot by sophomore forward Cayleigh Immelman. Immelman was credited with the assist. Junior forward Bailey McKeon set up the goal with a strong push up the right side.
Again the Cardinals responded with a goal off a penalty corner of their own five minutes later, when Becca Maddock scored off Netto’s deflection of the initial direct corner shot.
The Chippewas will face the loser of the No. 19 Michigan State and American match, which had not concluded as of publication, in the consolation match at 11 a.m.
Albany 3, Missouri St. 0
Chelsey Medlock recorded a pair of defensive saves, but the Missouri State field hockey team (2-4) fell to 20th-ranked Albany by a score of 3-0 in front of 51 fans in Iowa City, Iowa.
At the moment, inconsistency is perhaps one of Missouri State’s greatest foes, assistant coach Erika Dombkowski said.
“We took a step back today,” Dombkowski said. “We need to be more consistent with our level of play and we need to have desire in game we play.
“When you have the right attitude, nothing can stop you. This was that wake-up call.”
The Bears and Albany were locked in a scoreless tie for the first 10:27 before Albany’s Echo Bretz scored her first goal of the year off a rebound. However, Missouri State goalkeeper Andrea Bain stopped three more shots in the first half, which left Missouri State’s deficit at just one goal at the break.
However, Albany got back on the board quickly in the second half when Nina Walters scored off a rebound a little under three minutes into the stanza. Missouri State goalkeeper Katie Mulloy replaced Bain in net with 17:57 remaining in the game and allowed the game’s final goal to Albany’s Daphne Voormolen, who was assisted off a penalty corner by Laura Page and Jessica Longstreth.
Mulloy and Bain recorded save totals of four and three, respectively. Medlock’s two defensive saves were her first two of the year. After allowing 21 goals in the year's first three contests, MSU has held their last three opponents to a total of nine goals.
Missouri State was out-shot 25-to-0 and gave up 19 penalty corners.
The team will return to action on Sept. 16 with a noon matchup against the California Golden Bears in Bloomington, Ind.