Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/29/2010
Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Ohio 2, Missouri State 1 (2OT)
Miami 7, Ball State 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Ohio 2, Missouri State 1 (2OT)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Taylor Brown's second goal of the game six minutes into the second overtime gave the Bobcats a 2-1 win and ended the Bears' hopes of their third conference victory in a tightly-contested match at Plaster Field.

The Bears (5-13, 2-7) looked to be in the driver's seat late in the second half after Kristi O'Connor (So., Fort Worth, Texas) scored her third goal of the season in the 16th minute to give them a 1-0 lead, and the defense limited the Bobcats (11-9, 7-3) to only five shots on goal through 65 minutes.  

But all that changed when Ohio's Jessica Vaeth found a streaking Taylor Brown in the middle of the Bears' circle, where she fired a well-placed shot into the cage's lower right corner to tie it at 1-1 and force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Brown, now tied for second in the MAC with 15 goals, scored from just about the same spot on the field off a penalty corner in the 92nd minute to clinch a Bobcat victory and keep them in the chase for the Mid-American Conference crown.

The Bears had their chances to put the game out of reach, but they failed to capitalize on nine penalty corners in the second half and a slew of shots on goal.

The matchup between the top two goalies in the MAC, based on save percentage, lived up to its billing as Courtney Seiders saved 12 shots and Steph Anderson (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) had 11 saves of her own. Seiders rebuked two Amanda Miyashita (Sr., Richmond, B.C., Canada) shots with diving stops coming off two consecutive penalty corners. She also saved two potential game-winners, one in each overtime. Her performance bumped her MAC-leading save percentage to .772.

Anderson was nearly as impressive, especially down the stretch. The sophomore saved four shots late in the second half and then kept the Bears in the game with five saves in the first overtime. She turned away five Ohio corners in the extra sessions.

It is the second straight overtime loss for the Bears after their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Miami (Ohio), Sunday, Oct. 24. Overall, the Bears are 0-4 in overtime this season, with two of those losses coming in double overtime.

The Bears still have a shot at fourth-place in the conference when they face the first-place Kent State Golden Flashes in the regular-season finale, Sunday, Oct. 31, at Plaster Field. The Halloween affair will celebrate Senior Day for four Missouri State Bears, Liz Grasso (Haddonfield, N.J.), Kelly Irwin (Bexley, Ohio), Jennifer Portell (Edwardsville, Ill.) and Miyashita. Start time will be 11 a.m.

Miami 7, Ball State 0
OXFORD, Ohio - Mary Hull scored two goals and had two assists as the Miami field hockey team routed Ball State, 7-0, on Friday afternoon. With those six points, Hull becomes only the fourth player in school history to pass the 100-point mark for her career. The RedHawks improve to 12-6 overall and 7-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Cardinals fall to 6-11 overall and 2-7 in the MAC.

Miami has now tied Kent State with its 7-2 record in MAC games. With a win Saturday, the RedHawks will clinch at least a share of their first MAC Championship since the current format began in 1984. The win Friday secures one of the top two seeds in the upcoming MAC Tournament and a bye into the semifinals, as Miami owns the tiebreaker advantage over Ohio, which finished its regular season with a 7-3 record.

The RedHawks struck first in the 10th minute when Emily Gruesser's shot went off a Ball State defender's foot and into the goal. Only a minute and a half later, Olivia Miller redirected Jordan Long's shot to make it 2-0. In the 20th minute, Miller found Kelsey Lund just to the left of the goal, and her tip in made it 3-0 and gave Miami total control of the game.

The offensive attack continued in the 22nd minute, when Kylie Landeros scored on a penalty corner. Miami got its final goal of the first half in the 25th minute when Hull found Lund to send the RedHawks into the break up, 5-0. Miami outshot Ball State 11-0 in the period.

Hull completed the RedHawks' scoring with two goals in the second half. The first in the 43rd minute, off of a breakaway, put her exactly at 100 career points. She followed by deflecting a Christine Brightwell shot into the net off of a penalty corner in the 59th minute.

Hull, Brightwell and Gruesser each had two assists on the day. Lund led Miami with three shots on goal. The RedHawks outshot the Cardinals 18-6 for the game and had the penalty corner advantage at 7-2. Sarah Mueller made three saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season.

Miami will attempt to earn its first MAC Championship Saturday when it hosts Central Michigan at 1 p.m. The game is also Senior Day, where Hull, Brightwell and Kate Snyder will be honored in a pregame ceremony.