9/28 Field Hockey Scoreboard
Ohio 2, Towson 1
Kent State , St. Francis
Ball State 3, Vermont 0
Miami 1, Penn State 2
Ohio 2, Towson 1
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – The Ohio University field hockey team (3-5) put together a furious comeback to rally past the Towson Tigers (1-9), 2-1, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Robert Morris’ Joe Walton Stadium.
Ohio trailed 1-0 for much of the first and second halves before freshman Franziska Schmiedel (Mulheim, Germany) notched her crucial first goal of her Ohio career at 66’ to tie the score at one. From there, senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia) continued to come up big, as her third goal in the past four contests gave Ohio the extra session win at 77’. Jue also added an assist on Schmiedel’s goal to post a season-high three points and registered career highs in shots (9) and shots on goal (5).
Schmiedel notched a personal-best six shots in the contest, including two on goal. The Bobcats held a dominant 33-3 edge in shots over the Tigers for the contest and posted 18 penalty corners to Towson’s one. In all, 15 of the ‘Cats 33 shots were on goal in the contest. The +30 shot advantage was the Bobcats’ largest margin since a +31 margin against St. Louis on Sept. 24, 2011.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) allowed just one goal while making one save in 85 minutes of action in the cage for the Bobcats.
Ohio opened the contest with four shots over the first 14 minutes of action, including two on goal from senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina). But six minutes later, Towson made its first shot count, as Kelly Mattingly notched a score after a save from Walker to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead at 20’.
From there, Ohio posted four more shots on goal in the period but could not put one past Towson goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo. The Tigers took their 1-0 lead into the break.
In the second half, Jue took five penalty corners for Ohio in the first 13 minutes of action, which led to four shots on goal for the ‘Cats, including two from senior Andrea Biegalski (Collegeville, Pa.).
After a flurry of scoring opportunities in the latter portion of the second half, Ohio finally broke through with less than four minutes to play in regulation, as Schmiedel took a pass off the penalty corner from Jue and rifled it past Varacallo for the score.
The ‘Cats then had a goal waved off in the final few minutes of play, sending the contest into overtime. Jue notched the game winner in the seventh minute of the extra session, as the Bobcats generated a key breakaway opportunity that Jue took, then found the back right corner of the cage to clinch the victory for Ohio. It marked Jue’s team-high second game-winning goal of the season.
Ohio is now 3-1 in neutral site contests this season.
The Bobcats wrap up their two-match swing through Western Pennsylvania Sunday at noon with a matchup against host Robert Morris (6-3).
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Kent State (4-6) was unable to break their current streak, falling 2-3 to St. Francis (3-3) on Saturday (Sept. 28) afternoon at Lock Haven University.
St. Francis struck first ten minutes in, but Melanie Kahn equaled the score at the 24th minute off an assist by Karleigh Carlin.
The game remained tied until after the half, when the Red Flash scored their next two tallies. The Golden Flashes did answer once more before the end, as Julia Hofmann found the back of the net off a penalty corner with the help of Abbie Carrico and Sabrina Binder.
Jahna Jordan served all 70 minutes in the goal with a total of six saves in the contest.
Kent State will face host Lock Haven tomorrow (Sept. 29) at 1:00pm to close out the weekend.
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State field hockey team secured its second shutout win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Vermont on Saturday afternoon. Redshirt sophomore Bianca Velez scored two goals for the Cardinals while junior Tori Widrick was credited with three assists.
With the win the Cardinals improve to 5-4 on the season while Vermont drops to 0-9. Ball State's five wins are the most since the 2010 season when the Cardinals posted a 6-14 record.
Velez got Ball State on the board in the fifth minute off a penalty corner. Widrick fed the ball to sophomore Natalie Jardell who set up Velez. Sophomore Allie White would enter the game a few minutes later and made her presence known by scoring a goal in the 14th minute off an assist from Widrick.
Ball State would score its third goal in the same fashion as its first, off a penalty corner. The trio of Widrick, Jardell and Velez combined for the third goal of the game.
Ball State led an offensive furry with 21 shots on the day to Vermont’s five. Ball State also held the advantage in penalty corners 10-3. Sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Henley made one save on the day.
The Cardinals are back in action on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. when they travel to Central Michigan to open up MAC play. Ball State will face Michigan on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Miami University field hockey team had an early lead against another ranked opponent on Saturday, but a second half goal gave eighth-ranked Penn State a 2-1 victory in a neutral site game in Bloomington, Ind. The RedHawks fall to 5-6 on the season, while the Nittany Lions improve to 6-3.
"We gave maximum effort, and of course we are disapointed about the loss, but we're positive that this will help us in Mid-American Conference play," said senior back Jordan Long. "We've grown so much from this challenging schedule as individuals and as a team. We no longer let a loss affect us. We use it as fuel for the next opportunity to show everyone what Miami field hockey is."
Miami got on the board right away when freshman midfielder Carla Romagosa sent a pass down the field towards junior midfielder Valentina Neira. She tipped it past the final Penn State defender, allowing senior forward Alyssa Logan to get a breakaway. Logan finished her chance to give the RedHawks a quick 1-0 lead 4:47 into the game.
The Red and White had another chance to score in the 12th minute when they earned a penalty corner. Junior back Ali Froede got open for the shot, but Nittany Lion goalkeeper Kylie Licata made a diving save to keep it a one-goal game.
Penn State turned on the offensive pressure during the last 15 minutes of the second half. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller was up to the task, making three saves on Nittany Lion shots. PSU finally broke through with a goal in the 33rd minute to send the game into halftime tied at one.
A penalty corner in the 41st minute was Miami’s best chance to score in the second half. Neira got the ball in deep, but her shot was blocked and went just wide of the net.
A foul on a penalty corner attempt in the resulted in the Nittany Lions being awarded a penalty stroke. Brittany Grzwacz converted on the stroke to give Penn State a 2-1 advantage. Play mostly remained in the midfield during the final 20 minutes as the Nittany Lions were able to hold on for the victory.
Neira and freshman forward Grace Leeker led Miami with two shots apiece. Mueller made seven saves in goal.
"I'm really happy we were able to play Miami field hockey for the full 70 minutes despite the tough team we were playing," said Logan. "We were relentless on offense and defense, and definately made Penn State fight hard for their win."
Miami’s next scheduled game is to be the Mid-American Conference opener at Ohio on Friday. Check with MURedHawks.com for potential updates.