Saturday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/16/2010
Saturday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Kent State 3, Miami 2
Central Michigan 4, Missouri State 2

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Kent State 3, Miami 2
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami field hockey team made a spirited attempt to come back from a 3-0 deficit, but fell just short in a 3-2 defeat to Kent State Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes are 9-6 overall and 4-2 in the MAC.

"I think the result of the game was due to our performing less than 70 minutes, said head coach Jill Reeve. "We need to put 70 minutes together against a great team like Kent. We were a goal behind today because of that. I think we just need to make a few more adjustments, hopefully address those needs and be ready for a big game tomorrow."

Kent State took a 2-0 lead into halftime after scoring on two penalty corners. The Golden Flashes outshot Miami 9-5 in the period.

Things looked even bleaker for the RedHawks when Nicole Leach made it 3-0 in the 37th minute off a nice pass into the box. However, it seemed to serve as a wakeup call for Miami as the team became much more aggressive. In the 42nd minute, Christine Brightwell found the back of the net, taking a shot directly off of Kate Snyder's penalty corner pass. The RedHawks cut the lead to one at 3-2 in the 56th minute when Snyder was able to score on the rebound of a Kylie Landeros pass on yet another penalty corner.

Miami kept up the pressure trying to score the tying goal. The RedHawks even pulled goalkeeper Sarah Mueller for the final two minutes in order to gain an extra attacker. Despite forcing four penalty corner shots in a row at one point, Miami was unable to get the tying goal across and Kent State captured the 3-2 victory.

Brightwell led the way for Miami with seven shots, four of which were on goal. Kent State outshot Miami 17-14 for the game and the teams were even with eight penalty corners apiece.

Trailing in the MAC standings by one game, the RedHawks will look to pull even Sunday when they host 5-1 Ohio at 1 p.m.

Central Michigan 4, Missouri State 2
SPRINGFIELD - Amanda Miyashita and Kristi O'Connor scored their first goals of the year, but Central Michigan had an answer for every Bears' comeback attempt in their 4-2 win over MSU at Plaster Field.

A fairly level game, CMU (4-9, 2-3) had seven shots on goal to the Bears' (3-11, 0-5) six, was decided by the performance of Erin Dye who scored twice for the Chippewas. Both goals, one just before half and the other in the 58th minute, came right after the Bears' had scored to cut the lead to one.

Alexis Gersbach opened the game's scoring in the eighth minute when she notched her second goal of the season off a corner, and assist from Juliana Makrinos, to give CMU a 1-0 lead. Teammate Emily Girasole followed with her first goal of the season, once again on an assist from Makrinos, in the 19th minute to make it 2-0.

Miyashita (Sr., Richmond, B.C., Canada) got the Bears back in it when she took a direct feed from Reiann Stoute (Jr., Bridgetown, Barbados) off a penalty corner and fired a shot from 12 yards out into the right corner of the cage.

It looked as though the teams would head to the half at 2-1, but that is when Dye stifled the MSU momentum. Amanda Von Leer, who would assist on both Dye scores, set her up with a pass to the left wing. From there, Dye slapped a shot that keeper Andrea Bain (Fr., Victoria, B.C., Canada) got a glove on, but the ball went bounding behind her and bounced into the cage.

O'Connor's (Fort Worth, Texas) goal in the 48th minute cut the lead to 3-2 after a strong individual effort. The sophomore gathered a loose ball 15 yards out, beat one defender and then shook the approaching keeper before guiding the ball into the cage.

Another Chippewa penalty corner, one of eight on the day, led to the final goal of the day. Von Leer's entry pass went straight to Dye, who squeezed a shot off in traffic and by Bain into the cage's right corner.

Chippewa keeper Anastasia Netto had four saves, including a diving stop on a Casey Bayliss (Jr., Bathurst, NSW, Australia) shot early on to keep the game scoreless.

The Bears will not have to wait long for a rematch, as game two of the season series is set for Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m., at Plaster Field.