Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/9/2010
Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Ohio 3, Kent State 1
Michigan 4, Miami 3 (OT)

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Ohio 3, Kent State 1
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State field hockey team held a 25-9 advantage in shots taken, but it did not materialize on the scoreboard as the Golden Flashes fell to visiting Ohio 3-1 in a Mid-American Conference match-up earlier today at Murphy-Mellis Field.

"We had the stats but did not finish as a team," said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler.    

Ohio (7-7; 3-1 MAC) grabbed a 2-0 lead at the half after taking advantage of both its penalty corner opportunities in the first period.  The Bobcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes when Cathryn Altdoerffer scored out of a penalty corner situation at the 3:30 mark.  The Kent State (7-6; 2-2 MAC) deficit then grew to 2-0 just before half time when Andrea Biegalski scored for the Bobcats in the 32nd minute.  

The Golden Flashes came alive in the second half earning 15 of their season high 18 corners and attempting 18 of their 25 shots.  Junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) finally put Kent State on the board in the 58th minute to cut the margin in half with 13 minutes still remaining.  The goal, which was out of a penalty corner, came off a pass from Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia/MacKillop College) and marked Bell's ninth of the season.  

The Kent State momentum would be short lived for however as the Bobcat's Talyor Brown lofted a shot from the center of the circle into the back of the net less than two minutes later.  The Golden Flashes continued to fight earning eight corners in the final 10 minutes, but were unable to add on to the scoreboard.  

The 18 penalty corners for KSU were the most since the team record 19 at Missouri State on Sept. 29, 2007.  

Kent State is back on Sunday, October 10th against Missouri State at 12:00 p.m.  The Golden Flashes are take part in the nationwide initiative this to support breast cancer awareness with a Play 4 the Cure game.  KSU will don pink warm-ups and other pink accessories.  In addition the team will be accepting monetary donations that will go directly to The Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and awareness.

The field hockey team encourages fans to wear pink to the game in support of the Play 4 the Cure program.

Michigan 4, Miami 3 (OT)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Miami field hockey team fought hard to overcome a two goal deficit against 15th-ranked Michigan on Friday, but ultimately fell, 4-3, in overtime. The RedHawks fall to 8-5 overall, while the Wolverines improve to 8-5.

"I thought our team played like champs," said head coach Jill Reeve. "After some bad luck goals early, they really fought their way back into the game. With two teams playing evenly it could have gone either way, and it just didn't go our way today. I was very proud of their effort and it was a well played game."

Miami struck first when Emily Gruesser put home the rebound of Mary Hull's shot in the 16th minute. That would be all the RedHawks would manage in the first half however, as Michigan responded with three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead into halftime.

Hull came through with a deflection of Christine Brightwell's pass to pull Miami within one early in the second half. In the 65th minute, the RedHawks tied it up at three when Gruesser scored her second of the game, taking a pass from Brightwell and beating the goalie to her left. Miami's defense led by Amanda Seeley held strong throughout the period, keeping the Wolverines off the board and sending the game to overtime.

Playing seven-on-seven, the two teams played nearly the entire first overtime session before Rachael Mack was able to score the game winner past RedHawk goalkeeper Sarah Mueller in the 85th minute.

Hull led the RedHawks with three shots on goal. For the game, Michigan outshot Miami, 12-7. The Wolverines also had the penalty corner advantage at 10-4.

The RedHawks return to Mid-American Conference action on Sunday when they travel to Central Michigan for a noon game.