Miami 9, Missouri State 0
Kent State 2, Ohio 1
Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices
Miami 9, Missouri State 0
OXFORD, Ohio - It was a record-making day at the Miami Field Hockey Complex today as the Miami RedHawks defeated the Missouri State Bears 9-0 to extend their winning streak to seven games. Miami is now 8-4-0 and remains undefeated in the MAC at 5-0-0 while the Bears move to 4-8-0 in 2009 and 1-3-0 in the conference.
With the win today, the RedHawks tacked on the seventh game to their winning streak. This is only the third time in program history that a team has put together a stretch of seven or more games, and the first time that a team has done so since 1981. The nine goals scored today ties the program record for the most RedHawk goals scored in a game, and is only the sixth time that it has been accomplished.
"We play together and put forth a united effort," commented Head Coach Jill Reeve about the success of the team so far. "We saw what happened when we didn't play together and we've made adjustments. Being united brings success and the wins that we've been able to string together is a direct outcome of their efforts."
Scoring early and often was the name of the game today for Miami as a well-rounded scoring effort began 11:37 into the first half with an unassisted, breakaway goal from Mary Hull. Hull was back in action only six minutes later, striking again at 17:31 when she deflected a shot from Katie Brightwell for Miami's second goal.
Keeping the Bears on their heels was Jackie Nguyen who recorded a hat-trick today. Nguyen found the net at 20:37, 47:23 and 52:16, two of which were unassisted and one off the stick of Brightwell again. Kate Snyder also scored a pair for the RedHawks today, once at 33:29 on a shot from a penalty corner and again at 41:46 unassisted from the left side.
Never letting up, Miami remained on the offensive into the final minutes of the game, with Brittany Branco and Christine Brightwell rounding out the scoring efforts for the Hawks with their goals off of a penalty stroke at 55:35, and unassisted at 62:47, respectively.
"Our second half was especially strong and shutting out Missouri State was significant because they have a lot of powerful scorers," said Reeve. "The next challenge is Ohio State who we haven't beaten, but this is an opportunity to stretch our wings and to show the team that we are and the level that we've reached."
Miami will be back in action this Wednesday at the Miami Field Hockey Complex at 3 p.m. as they take on No.18 Ohio State.
Kent State 2, Ohio 1
KENT, Ohio ?Junior Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia / MacKillop College) scored off her own rebound nine minutes into the overtime period to give Kent State a 2-1 win over visiting Ohio in a Mid-American Conference show-down at Murphy-Mellis Field. The win improves the Golden Flashes to a perfect 3-0 in the MAC.
In a rematch of last season’s MAC Championship game, it was a penalty corner attempt that helped set up the overtime scoring opportunity for Kent State in the 79th minute. After Miller’s first attempt from seven-yards out was blocked by Ohio goalie Courtney Seiders, the KSU All-American controlled the rebound and flipped one over the outstretched goalie and into the back of the cage. The goal was her 12th career game winner. The penalty corner was set up when sophomore Amy Wimsatt (Louisville, Ky. / Mercy Academy) made a defensive interception and was fouled after dribbling into the circle.
“In overtime we just told the team it was important to stay patient, apply pressure on defense and to keep fighting,” said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen Schanne. “Overall we had a great possession game with the way we passed, moved without the ball and stayed in the right positions.”
The rest of the scoring all came within a two minute span at the end of the first half. Katherine Ballard struck first for Ohio when she slammed home a penalty corner shot in the 31st minute. On the next KSU possession, sophomore Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) took the ball from mid-field down inside the circle. With three Ohio players surrounding her she backhanded her league best 12th goal of the year to even the count at 1-1.
Each team attempted two shot in the second half, but none found the net as the game went into the extra session, marking just the third overtime contest at Murphy-Mellis Field since it opened in 2005. Both prior games have come against Ball State. The last overtime contest for KSU was a 1-0 win at Michigan on Oct. 19 of last year.
Junior goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa. / Crestwood) made three saves in the game, including both shot attempts by the Bobcats in the second half. For the game Kent State held a 10-5 advantage in shots taken.
Having won four of their last five, the Golden Flashes improved to 6-5 on the year. Ohio meanwhile slipped to 1-2 in the MAC and 3-7 overall.
Kent State hits the road next weekend for a match-up of MAC unbeatens on Saturday at Miami (5-0) and another league contest at Ball State (1-3) on Sunday.