Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/11/2010
Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Missouri State 1, St. Louis 0
California 4, Ohio 2
Stanford 3, Kent State 1

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Missouri State 1, St. Louis 0
ST. LOUIS - The Field Hockey Bears snapped a two-game skid with a 1-0 win against Saint Louis, pulling out the defensive struggle behind Catrina Schmidt's first career goal and the goalkeeping exploits of Steph Anderson.

Head coach Dawn Callahan's squad dominated throughout, but could not pull away from the pesky Billikens. The offense generated 13 shots, seven on goal, but could only dent the back of the cage once.

That lone goal was set up by a well-designed penalty corner. Lori Sinclair (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) started the corner with a pass to Casey Bayliss (Jr., Bathurst, NSW, Australia), who quickly fed Schmidt. The St. Louis, Mo., native tipped the pass into the corner of the cage, and the Bears were ahead 1-0 in the game's ninth minute. Sinclair and Bayliss both were credited for assists on the goal, their second and third, respectively, of the season.

The Bears overcame their wasted offensive opportunities thanks to a stellar defensive performance spearheaded by Amanda Miyashita (Sr., Richmond, B.C., Canada) and Reiann Stoute (Jr., Bridgetown, Barbados). The Billikens were limited to only four shots, two on goal. Anderson (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) took care of those two threats and earned her first shutout of 2010 and the third of her career. Anderson leads the MAC with a .800 save percentage.

The goal from Schmidt means that newcomers have scored seven of the team's 12 goals this season. The Bears improve to 2-2, while Saint Louis falls to 0-5.

The Bears will stay in St. Louis for a neutral site match against Big Ten power Northwestern, Saturday, Sept. 11. The Wildcats hold an even 3-3 record, with two of their losses coming against top eight teams (No. 8 Syracuse and No. 3 Virginia). Start time is 1 p.m.

California 4, Ohio 2
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team was defeated on the road this afternoon by Cal, 4-2. The neutral-site contest featured Bobcat goals from Taylor Brown and Jessica Jue.

Cal scored twice in the first 19 minutes to grab a 2-0 lead. A pass from Claire Dougherty on the right side was redirected past Courtney Seiders in the fifth minute by Laura Livingston. In the 19th minute, Deanna Kennedy set up Lisa Lohre who scored off a Golden Bear penalty corner.

Katharine Ballard had three shots in the first half, two were saved by Cal goalkeeper Maddie Hand and one was blocked by a defender. Brown had her first chance of the game in the waning seconds of the half and sent the attempt wide.

Jue scored her first goal as a Bobcat in the 32nd minute after receiving the ball from Brooke Edwards and dribbling into position. The freshman sliced the deficit and grabbed momentum back in favor of the 'Cats heading into the intermission.

Cal regained the two-goal advantage four minutes into the second half on a tally by Dougherty. She redirected a shot from the top left of the circle by Erin Magill off a penalty corner. A minute later, Megan Shimojima made it 4-1 in favor of the opposition off yet another redirection.

Haleh Nourani was subbed into goal at halftime for Cal and denied Cathryn Altdoerffer off a penalty corner two minutes into the second stanza. She then stopped Louzeth Schutte and Brown twice before Edwards put one high and Altdoerffer hit the post all in a two-minute span.

Altdoerffer was denied two more times before the Bobcats got one back to make it 4-2. Despite personally not scoring, the sophomore finished with a game-high four shots on goal for Ohio. In the 51st minute, a penalty corner was converted nicely by Brown for her fifth goal of the season. Paige Herr and Andrea Biegalski were credited with assists, their first points of the season.

For the game, Ohio out-shot Cal 17-10 and held a 12-6 edge in penalty corners. Seiders finished with five saves in goal for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats stay in Bloomington, Ind. and play the Hoosiers tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.

Stanford 3, Kent State 1
KENT, Ohio - No. 19 Stanford spoiled the Kent State field hockey team's 2010 home opener with a 3-1 win today at Murphy-Mellis Field.  The Golden Flashes fall to 2-3 on the year, but will have a quick turnaround as they host Iowa on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Stanford (3-1) grabbed a 2-0 at half time scoring in the 17th minute off a put back from seven-yards out and in the 24th minute off a penalty corner.  Despite the two goal deficit in the first 35 minutes Kent State trailed by just one in shot attempts (5-4) and was even in penalty corners.  

The Golden Flashes had two crucial missed opportunities in the first half.  First junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) scored what appeared to be the game tying goal in the 19th minute only to have the score waved off when the ball deflected off a teammate's foot before crossing into the goal.  In the closing minutes of the half, Bell had another chance to get on the board with a penalty shot attempt only to be denied by Stanford goalie Alessandra Moss who made a diving save attempt in the upper left corner.  

In the second half Kent State hung tough earning two penalty corners to none for Stanford, but the scoring chances went for naught as the Cardinal advantage grew to 3-0 at 46:30.  Freshman Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia/The Scots School) finally put the Golden Flashes on the board in the 63rd minute with her second goal of the season.  Lee dribble down the left sideline and into the center of the circle before firing her shot home from five yards out.  

KSU kept the pressure on in the closing minutes, but a few more shot attempts sailed wide of the goal.  The Golden Flashes finished the game ahead 5-4 in penalty corners and 10-9 in shot attempts.  

"We didn't have it today," said Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler.  "We out cornered them and had more shots, but just did not take advantage of our opportunities."

Stanford and Iowa will square off in a neutral site match-up at Murphy-Mellis Field on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Kent State then takes on Iowa on Sunday.  Stanford and Robert Morris complete the four-day field hockey extravaganza on Monday with a game at 2:00 p.m.