Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/28/2009

Sunday, September 27 

Miami 2, Central Michigan 1 (OT)

Missouri State 3, Ohio 2 (OT)

Miami 2, Central Michigan 1 (OT)  

MOUNT PLEASANT - For the second straight meeting, the Central Michigan field hockey team played neck and neck with Miami. Unfortunately, the Chippewas once again found themselves on the short end of the final score as they dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the RedHawks at the CMU Field Hockey Complex on Sunday..

Pam Seufert got the Chippewas (3-5, 1-2 Mid-American) started on the right foot when she drove home a loose ball for her third goal of the season just 2:54 into the match. Kelly Jordan assisted on the play, her third helper of the weekend.

"We got off to a very good start today," head coach Cristy Freese said. "I thought the players came out with a lot of confidence and energy off of yesterday's win over Ball State."

MU evened the score seven minutes later when Maggie Marcum walked the ball in from the left side and got behind the CMU defense for her fifth tally of the season. The score remained 1-1 going into halftime and Central owned an 8-7 advantage in shots.

The Chippewas struggled to find offense in the second half and were pinned in their own end for several long stretches. Strong defense and even better goalkeeping by Melinda Curran kept the RedHawks off the board despite MU holding a 9-2 edge in shots in the second half.

"Our defense responded well and Melinda made some huge saves for us," Freese said. "Miami is a good team and holding them to one goal in regulation is hard to do."

Central created some opportunities in overtime; Jordan got possession of the ball near the Miami goal twice but ran out of real estate both times. The Chippewas had a glorious opportunity to pull out a victory after Kim Erasmus broke up a 5-on-1 RedHawk rush and create a counterattack one for CMU. Unfortunately, the key pass to spring Jordon on a 2-on-1 was just out of her reach as MU dodged a bullet.

Marcum ended the contest with her second goal when she redirected a crossing feed 8:40 into the extra session.

The RedHawks ended the contest with a 19-12 advantage in shots while the Chippewas finished with a 9-8 edge in penalty corners.

Curran was stellar once again in goal. The senior made nine saves, several in spectacular fashion, out of 11 Miami attempts.

"We did some very good things today, despite the loss," Freese said. "We have improved our level of play each week and I think we're going to be in good shape if we can build off our performance this weekend going into next week."

The Chippewas return to action on Friday when they host defending MAC champion Kent State.

Missouri State 3, Ohio 2 (OT)
Alyssa Hile's (Wildwood, Mo.) overtime goal capped a late Missouri State field hockey comeback, as they scored a crucial conference win, 3-2 over the Ohio University Bobcats at Plaster Field.

Trailing 2-0 with less than ten minutes to play in regulation, the Bears rallied behind senior Melissa Lantz (Wildwood, Mo.). On the heels of her hat trick Friday against Kent State, Lantz scored in the 61st minute to cut the lead in half and again in the 65th minute to tie the game. The former came on an unassisted shot from 11 yards out while the latter was from five yards away on a cross from freshman Kristina O'Connor (Fort Worth, Texas).

Hile's heroics came 11 minutes in to the extra session. After Lantz gained control of a lose ball and fed her in the middle, Hile shot from ten yards away. The ball scooted in the right side of the goal to put the Bears on the right side of the scoreboard.

"I think this win really boosts are confidence," said Hile. "They are a really good team and it is a good way to start conference play."

With the late comebacks today and Friday against Kent State, a 6-3 loss in which the Bears scored three times in the second half to cut the lead to one with five minutes to play, the Bears showed the kind of resiliency that had been lacking.

"We found the fight," said head coach Dawn Callahan. "Last year's team would have quit. This year's team showed they are different."

Callahan credits that fight to the three seniors out on the field, Lantz, Hile and defender Molly Busch (San Jose, Calif.).

"I am really happy and pleased with the way our seniors stepped up this weekend," said Callahan. "This is what we have been waiting for them to do."

Lantz, whose five goals in the last two games move her in to a tie for 11th on the all-time goals list with 31, said the team wanted to come out and show that this will be a different type of year for the Bears in the MAC.

"It proves to every one that we do belong in the top half of the MAC," said Lantz. "This win shows where this program is going."

Her fellow Wildwood native agreed. "They underestimate us," said Hile.

The Bears hit the road when they play Thursday, at Saint Louis. It will be a rematch from earlier this season when MSU won in dominating fashion, 7-0. The Bears improve to 3-7, 1-1 in the MAC, while the Bobcats fall to 2-6, 0-1 in the MAC.