Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/17/2009

Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Ohio 2, Kent State 1
Central Michigan 4, Ball State 0
Miami 2, California 1 (OT)

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations

Central Michigan 4, Ball State 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - Melinda Curran and Kahla Schwall combined for six saves and four different players on the Central Michigan field hockey team tallied goals as the Chippewas shut out Ball State, 4-0, on Friday afternoon.

The four goals matches CMU's (4-9, 2-4 Mid-American) season high, which was set in its previous meeting against Ball State on Sept. 26.

"We played a good all around game today," head coach Cristy Freese said. "I thought we did a better job defensively against Ball State than we did in our last match against them. We needed this win today."

The Maroon and Gold got on the board just 7:45 into the contest when Brooke Sihota tipped Tara Schiltz' shot into the goal to make it a 1-0 match. The tally was Sihota's third of the season.

Schiltz put the Chippewas up a pair in the 29th minute with her first goal of the season, converting off a Kelly Jordan pass to give CMU a 2-0 lead at the break.

"We were very consistent offensively today," Freese said. "We changed some things with our lineup and it got results. Tara had a big first half and her goal came off good execution on a penalty corner. Offensively, we were very crisp the entire match."

Jordan wasn't finished creating offense for her teammates as she found Lauren Leed in front of the goal for a tip-in goal in the 45th minute to give Central a commanding, 3-0, lead.

Erin Dye capped the scoring with her second goal of the season in the 51st minute.

Curran made her 13th straight start in goal this season and turned aside all five shots she faced before giving way to Schwall, who made one save in 9:32 of action to preserve the shutout.

The Chippewas stay in Muncie, Ind., for a neutral site contest against Longwood on Saturday. The match starts at 2 p.m.

Ohio 2, Kent State 1
ATHENS, Ohio - The Bobcats brought their winning streak with them upon returning to Pruitt Field Friday, upending the Mid-American Conference-leading Kent State Golden Flashes by a score of 2-1. The game was deadlocked at one until a 69th minute goal by Brooke Edwards put the Green and White ahead for good. The goal was a career first for the sophomore from Milford, Pa.

"It was amazing," said Edwards. "Honestly, I thought that I was going to hit the top corner."

The `Cats saw stellar play from both their offense and defense Friday, outshooting Kent State by a total of 15-8. Caroline Suitch made six saves in net for the `Flashes while Courtney Seiders (Mt. Joy, Pa.) stopped three en route to earning her fourth victory of the season.

The match began with both sides trading possession and really scouting one another out. Much of the play was contained in the midfield with a few chances here and there. A Patty Donahue shot and a strike on goal by Debbie Bell marked the first twenty minutes of the match, with each goalkeeper being equal to the attempts.

Ohio put together a flurry of attempts on goal just after the 20-minute mark, with Katherine Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.), Marcy Dull (Ephrata, Pa.) and Cathryn Altdoerffer (Conestoga, Pa.) pressuring the Kent defense with shots. One went wide, one was blocked and Dull's attempt was stopped by Suitch to keep the scores level going into halftime.

Just seven minutes into the second stanza, Dull almost found the back of the net in the midst of some great Ohio offensive pressure. Her two shots, quite literally back-to-back, were both met by Suitch and turned aside. The teams then settled into possession play for much of the remaining match, biding their time until another solid opportunity arose.

That opportunity came in the 63rd minute as Edwards hit two shots in the span of three seconds, one of which was saved by Suitch and the other went clanging off the post. This tenacious Ohio offense forced a penalty corner deep in the Kent zone. On the corner, Katelyn Shelley (Ephrata, Pa.) slid the ball to Ballard, who slammed it into the back of the net. 1-0 Ohio and the spirited Homecoming crowd went wild.

Kent State had designs of spoiling the celebration for the host `Cats, and they quickly answered three minutes later with a Rachel Miller tally off of a penalty corner.

"That's as good as you can hit a corner," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "That's why she's on the Australian 21-team. Beautiful goal."
It was now Ohio's turn to respond, and did they ever. Showing great resilience and fortitude, the `Cats patiently worked their way back up the field, eager to get one more chance. Seiders made a very solid save to begin their methodical progression up the pitch, and Edwards made sure that this game wasn't destined for overtime. Following a tremendous individual effort by Dull to keep possession in the offensive zone, Shelley picked up the ball and made a great pass to the waiting Edwards, who placed it just under the crossbar with a mere 76 seconds remaining.

"I thought our attack, which starts with us moving the ball up from the back, was really nice," said Macmillan. "We had some great patterns and moved the ball well. Resiliency...we showed that and came back to win the game." Ohio's next game is on Sunday at one pm when they play the Bears of Missouri State.

Miami 2, California 1 (OT)
OXFORD, Ohio - It was a fight to the finish, but a strong Miami University squad was able to overcome the California field hockey team Friday at the Miami Field Hockey Complex 2-1 in overtime. The RedHawks advance to 9-7-0 on the season while the Golden Bears fall to 4-9-0.

Wanting to snap a three-game losing streak, Miami came out ready to fight. It was an even battle on both ends of the field with the RedHawks striking first. Opening the scoring on the day was sophomore forward Jackie Nguyen at 11:18 from senior forward Mary Hull off a breakaway pass. Despite four Cal shots, the Miami defense and goalkeeper senior Kelsey Dean remained solid throughout the rest of the first half.

Miami held its lead well into the second half until Natalie Nurnberg found the net for the Golden Bears at 48:45 from Erin Magill on a rebound off a penalty corner. Another eight Miami shots and two by California would not find the net before the end of regulation. A saved shot by Katie Brightwell at 67:56 would end the second half's scoring drives.

Overtime found Miami keeping Cal on its heels, lasting less than four minutes before Hull scored the game-winning goal for Miami at 73:23 with the assist by Amanda Seeley from a rebound off of a penalty corner.

"It was an even match throughout," said Head Coach Jill Reeve after the win. "But our girls stepped up and they really wanted it. They put in a 70-minute effort and created a lot of opportunities for us, which gave us the upperhand. Mary Hull, Maggie Marcum and Kylie Landeros were really great for us today, but everyone stepped up for the win."

The RedHawks will be back in action this Sunday as they take on the visiting Michigan Wolverines to wrap up a two-week home stretch and Miami's Alumni/Bicentennial Weekend. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at the Miami Field Hockey Complex.