Saturday's Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/5/2009

Saturday’s Field Hockey Results

Missouri State 7, Robert Morris 1

California 2, Kent State 0

Louisville 4, Miami 0

Villanova 4, Ball State 1

Rider 3, Central Michigan 0

Missouri State 7, Robert Morris 1

Spurred by Alyssa Hile's (Wildwood, Mo.) two goals and two assists, Missouri State field hockey dominated the Robert Morris Colonials from start to finish and captured their first win of the season, 7-1 at Plaster Field.

The Bears controlled every facet of the game. They led 4-0 at halftime and 6-0 with 15 minutes to play before finally surrendering a goal. The Colonials did not record a shot until the second half, finishing with five, while MSU totaled 20 shots for the day. Six different Bears scored, three different Bears had assists. It was by far the team's most impressive performance of the season.

"We're very pleased with everything we saw from the girls and all the improvements they made during the week following last weekend's games," said head coach Dawn Callahan.

The Bears blitzed the Colonials defense all day. Hile's unassisted goal in the 22nd minute started the offensive fireworks. Kristen Pettey's (San Diego, Calif.) first goal of the season followed less than two minutes later on an assist from Melissa Lantz (Wildwood, Mo.). In the 25th minute, Hile struck again, this time on an assist from Stephanie Chase (Chesterfield, Mo.). Kristina O'Connor's (Fort Worth, Texas) third goal in as many games closed the first half scoring.

 Great team defense prevented Robert Morris from gaining any momentum on offense.

"It was a very good job by the defense of stepping up and denying the ball," said Callahan. "We communicated well in the back and were always set."

Lantz, Megan Shamleffer (St. Louis, Mo.) and Sarah Cusick (San Diego, Calif.) all scored in the second half to stretch the lead. The goal for Lantz was the 24th of her career, making her the 15th leading scorer in MSU field hockey history.

The seven goals mark MSU's highest scoring output since the fifth game of last season, an 8-0 defeat of Lindenwood University.

Missouri State improves to 1-3 on the season, while Robert Morris drops its season opener.

Callahan and her team are right back at it Monday when they host in-state rival Saint Louis. The Bears, who swept the two games against the Billikens last season, lead the all-time series, 51-27-2. Start time is 12:00 p.m. at Plaster Field.

California 2, Kent State 0
BERKELEY, Calif. ? The Kent State field hockey team was dealt a 2-0 loss by host California today at Maxwell Family Field.  The loss moves the Golden Flashes back to .500 on the season with a 2-2 overall record, while the Bears remained perfect at 2-0. 

California sophomore Jessica Kreck provided all the offense in the game scoring both goals.  Her first tally came in the 17th minute of the match when she deflected a pass that just trickled past the Kent State keeper, Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa. / Crestwood) and into the cage.

In the second half, Kreck added her second goal in the 46th minute when she found an opening in front of Suitch and blasted a shot into the left side of the cage.

Sophomore Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) notched a game-high five shots for the Golden Flashes, which out-shot the Bears, 9-8.  Kent State also earned one more penalty corner than Cal (4-3).  Suitch, made three saves for the second consecutive game.

The Golden Flashes wrap up the west coast swing on Sunday at Stanford.  Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. Eastern. 


Louisville 4, Miami 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ? The Miami field hockey team dropped a 4-0 decision to Louisville Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 0-3 on the season, while the Cardinals improve to 2-1.

Haley Turner scored three minutes into the game and followed it with a second goal in the 20th minute to set the pace for the Cardinals. Louisville added two more goals in the second half.

Jackie Nguyen led Miami with two shots, including one on goal. Kelsey Dean made two save for the RedHawks in 47 minutes of action.

"Statistically it was an even match, however we still lost on the scoreboard 4-0," said head coach Jill Reeve. "A lot of that comes down to executing the game plan and working as one unit. Those are things we need to work on in practice."

Miami returns home next week when it hosts Central Michigan and Northwestern for a three team event. On Friday, Sept. 11, the RedHawks face the Chippewas in both teams’ Mid-American Conference opener at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 12, Central Michigan will take on Northwestern at 1 p.m. Finally on Sunday, Sept. 13, Miami faces Northwestern at 1 p.m. All three games will take place at the Miami Field Hockey Complex.

Villanova 4, Ball State 1
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Ball State field hockey team fell to Villanova Sunday 4-1, despite logging 10 shots on goal to the Wildcats' six.  The Cardinals hold a 2-2 overall record.

"This weekend was tough to come out 0-2 when you total more shots in both games," said head coach Annette Payne.  "But that's something that's great about non-conference.  We just need to continue to build and learn to finish on opportunities."

Sophomore defender Katie Norris (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy) posted the first goal of the game just 1:28 into action.  Junior midfielder Kaitlan Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) provided the assist off a penalty corner.

However, six minutes later Villanova's Meghan Ryan tied the game on an unassisted shot to the right side of the goal.  The Wildcats never looked back, scoring two more goals before the half.  Ball State tried to comeback, notching 11 shots to 3 in the second period.  But Villanova clinched the win with a final goal by Sam Haas putting the game out of reach for the Cardinals 4-1.

Ball State returns to action 1 p.m. Sunday against Michigan in Ann Arbor.  The Cardinals open Mid-American Conference play 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 16 against Miami on the road.

Rider 3, Central Michigan 0
One day after allowing only one shot against Colgate, the Central Michigan field hockey team struggled to generate any offense of its own in a 3-0 loss to Rider on Saturday afternoon.

The loss evens CMU’s record to 1-1 in the young season.

Rider’s Megan Pisani opened the scoring in the seventh minute when she deflected Marlaine Schneider’s shot into the back of the net.

The Broncos struck again when Jackie Adams fired home a rebound in the 30th minute to hand Rider a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

The Chippewas were held to four shots in the first half and did not register a shot attempt for the first 29 minutes of the second half.

Rider capped the scoring in the 55th minute when Pisani tallied her second goal of the afternoon of a Schneider centering pass.

Melinda Curran got her second consecutive start in goal and turned aside six of the nine shots that came her way.

The Chippewas return to action on Friday, Sept. 11 when they head to Oxford, Ohio for a Mid-American Conference match against Miami University.