Sunday's Field Hockey Scoreboard
Miami 1, Kent State 3
Northwesern , Central Michigan
Ball State 1, Indiana 6
Kent State 3, Miami 1
KENT, Ohio – The stage was set for a great performance by Kent State (8-8, 4-0 MAC) on Sunday (Oct. 27), and the team did not disappoint, taking down rival Miami (8-9, 2-2 MAC) 3-1 to claim at least a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season title.
"I'm pleased to come out with a win against a really tough, well-coached Miami team," said Head Coach Kathleen Wiler. "I think that we have three things that we focused on: our unshakeable belief in ourselves, our grittiness and that we attack in everything that we do. Today wasn't pretty but we gritted it out."
A lot was riding on the line coming into Sunday's game. Kent State and Miami shared the regular season title in 2012 and the RedHawks beat the Golden Flashes in last year's MAC Tournament Championship. It was Senior Day for Kent State's four seniors, whom hadn't beaten Miami since their freshman year. The day was also a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the program's first championship in 1988; many team members from the 1988, 1991 and 1992 championship teams were recognized at halftime.
A victory was the perfect finale for the day.
Miami was able to take an early lead after a goal four minutes into the game. But Kent State turned the game around and took control for the majority of the remaining 66 minutes.
Hannah Faulkner scored off an assist by Rebecca Lee to tie the game at halftime.
Kent State scored the deciding goal at the 59 minute mark when Madison Thompson scored, assisted by Sami Surdy. Miami kept things on edge, as they were rewarded a penalty stroke a few minutes later. However, the shot went wide, securing Kent State's 2-1 lead.
Julia Hofmann powered a shot off a corner with four and a half minutes remaining to cushion the Golden Flashes' lead. Sabrina Binder and Alyssa McFerren had the assist.
Miami had 12 shots and eight corners compared to Kent State's eight shots and four corners in the game. The Golden Flashes had four shots on goal compared to the RedHawks' three.
Kent State travels to Ohio next Saturday (Nov. 2) to finish out the conference season. With a win, the Golden Flashes will be the sole MAC Champions. It would also mark just the second time in program history that Kent State has recorded an undefeated conference season (the 2000 team went 10-0).
"Every year we're in pursuit of a championship," said Wiler, "and the pursuit still hasn't ended. We'll enjoy the victory today and we're going to refocus for Ohio this week."
The game is slated to begin at 1:00pm in Athens. The Golden Flashes will then play No. 14 Louisville on the road on Sunday (Nov. 3) to close out their 2013 regular season.
Ball State 1, Indiana 6
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Ball State field hockey team (6-11, 1-3 MAC) fell to the Indiana Hoosiers (9-8, 1-4 Big Ten) Sunday afternoon, 6-1, at the IUFH Complex. Sophomore Bethany Han scored her second goal of the season.
The Hoosiers got on the board first in the eighth minute when Karen Lorite scored off a penalty corner. The Cardinals would counter nearly a minute later when Han secured a solo goal. IU’s Sydney Supica would find the back of the net at the 11:25 mark and Lorite would score her second goal in the 28th minute. Audra Heilman, Mariella Grote and Supica would score the rest of the Hoosiers’ goals in the second half.
Han was credited with three shots for the Cardinals while freshmen Lexi Kavanaugh and Bryce Barnes also managed shots. Ball State drew three penalty corners to Indiana’s 11. Ball State made eight saves while IU’s goalie Maggie Olson made three and Morgan Dye earned a defensive save.
The Cardinals will wrap up the season visiting MAC foe Missouri State for a 1 p.m. match up on Sunday, Nov. 3 in game that could have post-season implications for the Cardinals. The top four teams in the MAC will make it to the MAC Championships. Kent State is a perfect 4-0 in conference action followed by Central Michigan with a 3-1 MAC record. Miami and Ohio are both sitting at 2-2 in league play followed by the Cardinals, 1-3, and Missouri State, 0-4.
Northwesern 2, Central Michigan 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan was unable to come away with a win in its final home game of the season Sunday, falling to No. 13 Northwestern, 2-0.
The Wildcats (14-4, 4-1 Big Ten) sealed the shutout at the 69:50 mark of the second period when CMU sophomore back Anne Middeldorp’s shot was blocked off a penalty corner.
The Chippewas (6-10, 3-1 MAC) attempted to spark the offense in the beginning of the second period at the 40-minute mark off a shot from senior back Skylar VanNatta and later in the period at the 63rd minute from junior back Jordyn Brengosz, but couldn’t convert.
The Maroon and Gold defense held the Wildcats to only two goals in the first period. Northwestern midfielder Dominique Masters chipped in the first goal off a penalty corner at the 16:02 mark.
Masters scored the second goal for the Wildcats at the 32:52 mark of the first period off a pass from Julia Retzky from a penalty corner.
The Chippewas held the Wildcats to only three shots on goal. Northwestern started its offense right of the start with a shot only 52 seconds into the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds made her only save for the day.
Senior Julianna Markinos attempted to find the back of the cage in the beginning of the first period but Wildcat goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter made one of her three saves.
The Chippewas honored its seven seniors – Abby Roth, Markinos, VanNatta, Alexis Gersbach, Ellen Riley, Simone Lazar, and Bailey McKeon at today’s match.
CMU will finish its regular season on Saturday, November 2 at noon against Mid-American Conference opponent Miami.