Indiana 3, Central Michigan 1
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Central Michigan field hockey team struggled to create offense in a 3-1 defeat at Indiana on Saturday afternoon.
The Chippewas (3-8, 1-4 Mid-American) were held to only three shots in their fourth straight defeat.
The Hoosiers got on the board just 9:22 into the contest when Haley Funk tapped in a crossing feed from Morgan Fleetwood to go up, 1-0.
IU added to its one-goal lead late in the first half as Katie Griswold fired a shot home from the top of the circle, putting the Hoosiers up 2-0 at the break.
Indiana increased its lead to three under seven minutes into the second half as Fleetwood tipped Griswold's shot into the goal.
Kelly Jordan put the Chippewas on the board with her sixth goal of the year in the 54th minute, but that was as close as the Maroon and Gold would get.
"Offensively I felt we played better than we have been lately," head coach Cristy Freese said. "We were able to get the ball into the circle, but weren't able to generate shots. We had some chances to score in the second half that could have put more pressure on Indiana, but we just weren't able to get that second goal."
Indiana held a 12-3 advantage in shots and a 7-4 edge in penalty corners in the match.
Melinda Curran started in goal for CMU and stopped five of eight shots.
Central returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it faces eighth-ranked Michigan State in East Lansing. The match starts at noon.
Ohio 3, Ball State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State field hockey team suffered a 3-1 loss to Ohio 1 p.m. Saturday at the BSU Turf Field. Despite Ball State leading in all statistical categories, a late rally by Ohio gave the Bobcats the two-goal margin of victory in the final twenty minutes.
Both teams battled back and forth in the first 30 minutes as Ball State led seven shots to four while doubling Ohio's shot on goal attempts. Brittany Hammer compiled three of the seven shots for Ball State. Neither team could break the stalemate until Ohio's extra penalty corner opportunity provided an area for the Bobcats to score late in the first period. Ohio carried that lead into halftime.
Freshman Leann Carroll stopped a three-on-one fast break by the Bobcats near the 18 minute mark in the second period. Minutes later, Morgan Cloutier scored her second goal in two games on a penalty corner opportunity to tie the game at one apiece. Katie Norris and Devanny Kuhn provided the double assist. However, after four minutes of both teams taking shots, the Bobcats regained control with a shot from the top of the circle by Marcy Hull for her second goal of the day.
With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Ohio sealed the game by scoring a third goal off a fast break down the middle of the field.
The Cardinals move to 3-9 on the season and 1-4 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Bobcats improve to 4-7, 2-2 in MAC play.
Kent State 5, Miami 2
OXFORD, Ohio - An early goal and aggressive play were not enough for Miami Saturday as the field hockey team came up short against conference rival Kent State at the Miami Field Hockey Complex, 5-2. The RedHawks are now 8-6-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Golden Flashes improve to 7-5-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the MAC.
The RedHawks got off to a quick start today as the first Miami goal was scored 1:36 into the first period off the stick of Jackie Nguyen from Maggie Marcum. The defenses of both teams were able to stay strong until Kent responded with a goal at 11:18 by Laurie Wilkins from Debbie Bell. Kent State would strike again twice before the end of the first half with goals by Bell and Rhodenbaugh at 15:25 and 21:10, respectively.
Miami once again opened the new period with a goal at 39:12 by Marcum, assisted by Nguyen from the left side off a short pass. The momentum did not remain in Miami's favor for long, however, as Kent State responded with two quick goals at 42:26 from Kara Rhodenbaugh and at 46:44 from Bell. Despite several shot attempts, neither side would strike again, leaving the Golden Flashes with the win.
"We didn't fight hard, and Kent State fought for the entire 70 minutes," said Head Coach Jill Reeve after the match. "There was a lull for us in the first... We were not putting it all out there and that is always the difference in the outcome. Ohio is another physical team that plays as a tight unit, and we will have to fight hard for one another."
Miami is back in action tomorrow against Ohio at 1 p.m. at the Miami Field Hockey Complex.