Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Radford 1, Ohio 0
Ball State 3, Longwood (OT)
Miami 4, California 3
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Radford 1, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team dropped a tough contest to Radford this afternoon, 1-0. The season opener at Pruitt Field saw the Bobcats out-shoot their opponent but miss out on scoring a goal.
"We played well today, we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "We had some good looks
down the field and some really nice passing combinations at times. We hit the post, we missed some opportunities and their goalie and defense played well to keep us out."
The Bobcats had a potential game-tying goal in the first half waved off despite protests that it deflected off a player within the circle. The two best second-chances were wiped off due to a high shot and a defensive save by RU's Megan Lenhardt on Katherine Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.)
Taylor Brown (Elkton, Md.) led Ohio with two shots on goal while Brooke Edwards (Milford, Pa.), Ballard, Cathryn Altdoerffer (Conestoga, Pa.) and Louzeth Schutte (Senekal, South Africa) all had one.
"The people we plugged in at the positions vacated by the seniors did a nice job today," Macmillan said. "I also think the two freshmen that played for us [Jessica Jue and Jessica Bitz] did some nice things for us."
Ohio started the second half strong (five shots, three corners) but only mustered three shots over the final 19 minutes.
"Radford's a good team and they won their half of the [NorPac] conference last season," Macmillan added. "We were not playing a bad team today and we created opportunities and chances, we could move the ball, we just couldn't put it in the net."
Ohio out-shot Radford 5-4 in the first half and 8-3 during the second half. Despite the advantage in shots, the Green & White could not find the equalizer. The 'Cats also held an edge in penalty corners, 9-8.
Senior Courtney Seiders (Mt. Joy, Pa.) made four saves and the Bobcat defense held Radford without a goal over the final 53:29.
The Highlanders got their goal about midway through the first half from All-NorPac selection Marlee Schramm off a pass from Courtney Poole. NorPac East Division Defensive Player of the Year Jennifer Wisniewski made five saves and earned the shutout in net for Radford.
Ohio (0-1) came into the contest ranked 29th after receiving 47 votes in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll.
The last team to blank the 'Cats in a non-conference game was No. 2 Virginia last season.
Ohio hosts St. Louis on Sunday afternoon at Pruitt Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Ball State 3, Longwood 2 (OT)
Farmville, Va. - Ball State field hockey head coach Beth Maddox earned her first career win Friday afternoon when the Cardinals defeated the Longwood Lancers, 3-2, in a topsy-turvy overtime win at the Athletics Complex.
"It was a team effort today, our upperclassmen really stepped up," Maddox said. "Our captains were great leaders and with the support of the team we came away with the win."
Ball State (1-0) defeated Longwood (0-1), connecting on eight-of-nine shots on goal. Junior CJ Hermes (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy) opened the Cardinals' offense early as the forward struck from just inside the circle at 6:59. Longwood's Lauren Sullivan tipped in the equalizer at 26:26, in front of sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Hammer (Pittsburgh, Pa./For Chapel Area).
The final minutes before halftime saw senior forward Hannah Jones (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Manual) slip in a saved and returned shot from junior midfielder Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) for a goal at 29:26.
However, Longwood fought back early in the second half, as Kimberly Sullivan netted the Lancers' second and final goal of the day. It was not until overtime, at 81:01 mark, when Kuhn's breakaway goal bested goalkeeper Kaye Goulding and secured the win for the Cardinals.
Kuhn, a communication studies major, also recorded four shots in the game, while Hermes, Jones, senior defender Elizabeth Blaum (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) and juniors Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) and Brandi Mixell (Fort Littleton, Pa./Frostburg State) added one each.
Hammer made six saves in 81:01 minutes of action, while Longwood's Goulden finished with three in the cage.
Ball State will face Appalachian State at 1 p.m. Sunday from the Athletics Complex.
Maddox and the team opens the home portion of the 2010 season Friday, Sept. 3 at the BSU Turf Field against Robert Morris at 3 p.m. The Cardinals have tallied an all-time record of 43-54 (.443) at BSU Turf Field in Muncie, Ind. since the facility opened Sept. 12, 1998.
Miami 4, California 3
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Miami field hockey team overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second half to beat California, 4-3, on Friday evening in its season opener. Senior Christine Brightwell scored the game winner with seven minutes remaining off a penalty corner.
Freshman Kelsey Lund got things started for the RedHawks in the seventh minute when she scored her first career goal. The unassisted tally went past the Bears' goalkeeper to her right finding the corner of the cage. Despite outshooting Cal 6-4 during the first half, Miami was unable to score again as the Bears put in two goals of their own to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
"We came out like gangbusters early," said head coach Jill Reeve. "But Cal played well and played itself back into the game."
In the 37th minute, another California goal made the score 3-1. Jackie Nguyen came to the rescue for the Red and White, scoring unassisted goals in the 40th and 47th minute to tie the score at three.
"Jackie's second goal that she absolutely drilled sent the message that we were still in this game and we were going to finish it," said Reeve.
In the 64th minute, the Bears were called for a foul in the circle, allowing the RedHawks their 10th penalty corner of the night. Kate Snyder sent the pass in and Amanda Seeley settled it for Brightwell, who took the long shot and put it in the back of the net. Cal had a penalty corner of its own in the final 10 seconds of the game, but the RedHawks were able to defend it and hang on for the 4-3 victory.
"It was a great test of our team's character to not panic when we fell behind and to come back and get each goal one-by-one until we had the victory."
Nguyen led Miami with her two goals and five shots, four of which were on net. The RedHawks outshot the Bears 13-11 for the match. In her career debut freshman goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made four saves.
Miami remains in Berkeley for two neutral site games. The RedHawks will take on Pacific on Sunday at 3 p.m. (EDT) and close the trip with a contest against UC Davis at 3 p.m. (EDT).