MAC Field Hockey First Round Results

Updated 11/4/2010

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Thursday's MAC Field Hockey Results
No 4. Central Michigan 2, No. 5 Missouri State 1
No 3. Ohio 5, No. 6, Ball State 0

Central Michigan 2, Missouri State 1
Box Score
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- A late second-half goal propelled Central Michigan to a 2-1 victory over Missouri State in the quarterfinal of the 2010 Mid-American Conference tournament on Thursday at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.

The No. 4 seed Chippewas (6-13, 3-7 MAC) scored 28:49 into the match on a penalty corner by Erin Dye. The Bears (5-15, 2-8 MAC) evened the score with less than two minutes left in the half on a goal by Casey Bayless, but Pam Seufert put CMU in front for good off an assist from Bailey McKeon at 54:54.

Anastasia Netto recorded two saves in net for the Chippewas, and MSU's Andrea Bain faced two shots - both were goals.

Central Michigan faces No. 1 Kent State Friday at 11 a.m. in a semifinal match.

Ohio 5, Ball State 0
Box Score
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.- Brooke Edwards had a goal and two assists and Laura Mastro scored the eventual game-winner and added a helper as Ohio (12-9) moved on to the MAC Semifinals for the 13th year in a row with a resounding win over Ball State this afternoon, 5-0.

We did everything well today that we didn't do here against Central during the regular season," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "We passed it well, we did the little things ... passed the ball, made smart decisions and were tactically sound."

Mastro scored on the first shot of the game for the Bobcats to give them a quick 1-0 lead. It was the sophomore's first goal since September 19. Three minutes later, Mastro set up Brittany Zorn for a 2-0 lead.It was the senior's fourth goal of the season and made her the seventh Bobcat to reach double-digit points this season.

With eight minutes to go in the first period, Edwards scored her sixth goal of the season for a commanding 3-0 lead heading into intermission. At the break, Ohio held an 11-2 edge in shots and a 4-1 lead in penalty corners.

Late in the second half, the Bobcats received two more goals from Cathryn Altdoerffer and Louzeth Schutte. Altdoerffer, second on the team in goals with nine, picked up her first tally in almost a month (October 8). Schutte, who was injured in non-conference play and only suited up for the final three conference games, scored her first goal since August 31.

"Everyone in our midfield stepped up today. We played well and really aggressively," Macmillan said. "Andrea played at an extremely high level and Paige's experience complemented her and Lo's play today."

Edwards assisted on both second-half goals and now sits second on the Green & White's roster with 22 points (six goals, 10 assists). The junior from Pennsylvania is now second in the MAC in assists and her four points today moved her into a tie for ninth in the conference in that category.

"Brooke did a great job moving up front and was more open than she usually is," Macmillan added. "Even her goal was a good reaction to where the ball was and she buried it."

The final statistical tallies had Ohio recording 18 shots to Ball State's four and a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners. 

Goalkeeper Courtney Seiders made only one save while Schutte picked up a defensive save, her second of the season.

"We played really well defensively and did a great job of receiving our passes and intercepting theirs," Macmillan said. "We denied them getting down the field today, which was a real key."

The Bobcats have won the conference tournament three of the last four years and have won nine of their last 10 games in the single-elimination playoffs. The games are being held this year on the campus of Central Michigan this marked the first time Ohio has won a MAC Tournament game in Mount Pleasant. 

Ohio has defeated Ball State in 12-consecutive meetings and improved to 7-5 all-time in the MAC Tournament against the Cardinals, winning the last six. The Bobcats have not lost to Ball State in the conference tournament since 1995.

Tomorrow the 'Cats will play arch-rival Miami with whom they split the regular-season series. Each team was victorious on their home turf with Ohio winning 2-1 at Pruitt Field but losing 4-0 in Oxford.