Saturday's MAC Field Hockey Result
Ohio 3, Central Michigan 0Game story courtesy of Ohio Media Relations Departments
Ohio 3, Central Michigan 0
ATHENS, Ohio - Brooke Edwards scored twice and Courtney Seiders earned her fourth shutout of the season on an emotional senior day at Pruitt Field as Ohio defeated Central Michigan, 3-0. The 'Cats improved to 10-9 with the win, 6-3 in MAC play.
"We did a much better job today, really played with pace throughout the game," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "From the start we controlled the tempo of the game and due to the work we did during the game, we were able to put together two good halves of hockey today."
Ohio was extremely effective on penalty corners with three goals on five opportunities in the first half. Edwards scored twice after setups by Katherine Ballard and Louzeth Schutte. Edwards leads the team in assists this season with eight and her multi-goal game gave her five on the season, good for third on the team. The assist for Schutte was her first point since being injured earlier in the season.
"I think you create those chances by being aggressive," Macmillan said. "I don't think they even had an attacking opportunity until the second half and then on the offensive end we were pressing forward and creating things. We were really aggreesive and played well at both ends, just a complete balanced attack."
Taylor Brown scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season in the eighth minute with assists going to Paige Herr and Jenna Green. That goal would go down as Brown's third game-winner of the season. It also moved the sophomore into ninth on the single-season goal-scoring list as she tied Torrie Albini (2004-07).
Seiders earned her fourth shutout of the season as Ohio's defense kept her relatively clean on the afternoon. The senior only faced one shot but made the save when it counted. It was Seiders' 19th win as a Bobcat.
The senior class of Ballard, Herr, Seiders and Brittany Zorn have now combined to win 51 games over four years in Athens. The quartet is also a combined 29-10 in MAC play with two MAC Championships already to their credit and a possible third this season.
"They all offer something completely different because they all play different roles on the field," Macmillan added. "These four have worked so hard and have helped us really dominate these last four years. As a group, they are a great group. They are all fantastic people to be around because their demeanors are always relaxed. They're never tense and they get along with all their teammates and that's what you ask of your players."
Ohio has now had a winning record in MAC play every year since 2004 and only one losing record in conference action since 1998.
Ohio dominated play, out-shooting CMU 11-1 and holding a 9-1 edge in penalty-corner opportunities.
The regular season closes for Ohio next Friday with a 1 p.m. tilt at Missouri State.