Ohio 5, Central Michigan 0
ATHENS, Ohio - Marcy Dull scored a hat trick and Courtney Seiders posted a shutout during an exhilarating 5-0 domination of the visiting Central Michigan Chippewas. The Bobcats (8-8, 6-2 MAC) outshot Central Michigan 22-5 in the match and completely dictated the tone of the day.
The match began with the teams trading possession and a few shots early on. Patty Donahue (Powell, Oh.) fired one towards the goal in the 10th minute that was met by Central's Melissa Curan. Back and forth the play went until the 29th minute, when Dull (Ephrata, Pa.) scored on a penalty corner. The ball was fed in by Nina Bruno (Chevy Chase, Md.) straight to Dull, who put it away.
The Bobcats struck again just two minutes later when Brooke Edwards (Milford, Pa.) found the back of the net for her second goal of the season. Paige Herr (Lancaster, Pa.) had a nice assist on this tally.
"It was great," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "We knew that we'd have to move the ball well and we had been working on that this week."
With a 2-0 lead, the Bobcats kept up the pressure. Dull scored her second of the day on a penalty corner in the 52nd minute when Brittany Zorn (Millersville, Md.) fed the ball to Katelyn Shelley (Ephrata, Pa.), who laid it up nicely for Dull's strike.
Ten minutes later, Shelley and Dull were running down the field in a two-on-one situation. Shelley stick handled well enough to pull the sweeper out of position and then crossed the ball at the last moment to Dull, who slammed it home for her third of the day and eighth of the season.
"Getting a hat trick is definitely a team goal," said Dull. "All of my goals were assisted and without my teammates I would not have been able to score those goals. It is a team accomplishment."
The final goal of the day came from the great play of two of the younger Bobcats, freshman Taylor Brown (Elkton, Md.) and sophomore Laine Greenawalt. Brown dribbled down in the offensive zone and pulled the goalkeeper out of position then unselfishly played the ball to Greenawalt (Pottstown, Pa.) who tucked it neatly away.
"It was great execution of the game plan by our team," said Macmillan. "To get on the score sheet five times is excellent."
The Bobcats will wrap up the regular season at home next weekend when they take on Ball State (10/31) and Miami (11/1). Both game times are set for one p.m.
Miami 2, Missouri State 1 (OT)
Missouri State field hockey took the Mid-American Conference's second-place Miami (Ohio) Redhawks to overtime, but a Miami goal less than four minutes into the extra session spoiled Senior Day at Plaster Field and gave the Bears a 2-1 loss.
Alyssa Hile (Wildwood, Mo.), one of the Bears' four seniors, fittingly scored the game's first goal, an unassisted goal in the game's 16th minute. The goal was Hile's 10th of the year, setting her career high for a single season.
MSU held the 1-0 until the 23rd minute when Miami's Maggie Marcum knotted the score with a shot from four yards out.
From there, a defensive battle ensued. Making her first start of the season in goal, sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Crawford (Columbus, Ohio) performed well and held the high-powered Miami offense scoreless for the rest of regulation. After allowing a goal on Miami's first shot on goal, Crawford held strong, saving the next four Miami shots.
But the sixth Miami shot on goal was the decider. In the game's 74th minute, the Redhawks' Christine Brightwell took a loose ball and fired a shot from near the top of the circle, 11 yards out, and found the back of the net. It ended the game and gave Miami a win, 2-1. The outcome is a far cry from the Bears' 9-0 loss in Oxford, the last time these teams met.
But despite the loss, there were still plenty of positive feelings emanating from the Bear sideline.
"I was glad that we could go out like this," senior Molly Busch (San Jose, Calif.) said. "Even though we lost, it was still a good effort. My whole family was here and I love this team, so it was a good day."
Hile and Busch joined fellow seniors Katherine Aslin (Wildwood, Mo.) and Melissa Lantz (Wildwood, Mo.) in a pre-game ceremony to honor their four years as a Missouri State student-athlete.
"I think their level of play and their dedication to the program has been huge," head coach Dawn Callahan said. "They have been good role models this year for our underclassmen. We will definitely miss their desire, their work ethic and their heart next year. We have some big shoes to fill."
With the loss, the Bears drop to 4-13, 1-7 in the MAC. Miami improves to 10-8, 6-2 in the MAC.
The Bears conclude their regular season next weekend at Central Michigan, with games Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1.