Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/23/2010

Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Missouri State 4, Ball State 1
Kent State 4, Ohio 1

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Missouri State 4, Ball State 1
SPRINGFIELD - Reiann Stoute scored her first two goals of the year and Steph Anderson held strong against Ball State and the Mid-American Conference's leading goal scorer, as the Bears picked up their second straight MAC win of the year, 4-1 at Plaster Field.

It was a fast-paced game that could have been a lot higher scoring if not for some strong goalkeeping work. The Bears (5-11, 2-5) finished with 17 shots on goal, while the Cardinals (5-10, 2-6) totaled 12. Ball State also had two penalty strokes but could not capitalize on either after the first, in the 32nd minute, clanged off the post and the second, at the 67:01 mark, sailed wide. The Bears held Devanny Kuhn, who leads the MAC with 15 goals, scoreless on four shots on goal. Kuhn had scored six goals in her last two outings against the Bears.

The Bears' offensive pressure paid off early when Stoute (Jr., Bridgetown, Barbados) controlled a loose ball 25 yards out, beat a defender off the dribble and fired a shot into the near corner of the cage for a 1-0 lead only 4:20 minutes into the game.

The defender scored her second goal of the game in the 17th minute, this time off a pretty assist from Amanda Miyashtia (Sr., Richmond, B.C., Canada). Miyashita took a pass from top of the circle on the left wing and made a quick feed to Stoute near the end line, five yards out from the goal. Stoute dribbled once and snuck a shot by the Cardinal keeper, scoring from the tough angle.

When Sarah Cusick (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) redirected a lofted pass from Kristi O'Connor (So., Fort Worth, Texas) for her fifth goal of the season, it looked as though the rout was on only 23 minutes into the first half.

But Ball State struck back with Gretchen Lulow's fourth goal of the season just before the half to cut the lead to 3-1 heading to the intermission.

Just like the first half, the Bears controlled the flow of the game after the break and had multiple fast break opportunities, forcing Chelsea Mitchell of Ball State to make six saves in the second half. Casey Bayliss (Jr., Bathurst, NSW, Australia) finally beat Mitchell in the 48th minute to make it 4-1. Miyashita created the score when she set up Bayliss with a pass to the left corner that got by Mitchell, allowing Bayliss to have an easy put away to close the game's scoring.

Coming off a shutout of Central Michigan Sunday, 1-0, goalkeeper Steph Anderson (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) impressed once again, saving 10 Cardinal shots. The sophomore has allowed only one goal in her last 141:56 minutes between the pipes and improved her save percentage to .752, second in the MAC.

The win moved the Bears ahead of the Cardinals and into fifth place in the MAC. MSU welcomes the conference-leading Miami (Ohio) RedHawks into Plaster Field Sunday, Oct. 24, for a 12 p.m. showdown. The RedHawks are 10-6 overall, 5-2 in the MAC, winning the two teams' last meeting Oct. 3 in Oxford, 3-0.

Kent State 4, Ohio 1
ATHENS, Ohio - Katherine Ballard's first-half goal was not enough as Ohio (9-9, 5-3) fell to Kent State (11-6, 6-2) this afternoon at Pruitt Field, 4-1.

Ballard's goal in the eighth minute was her fourth of the season and the senior canceled out a Kent score two minutes prior. The assist was credited to Brooke Edwards, her eighth of the season to put her alone in third place on the MAC leaderboard. Ballard and Edwards were the two goal-scorers in the 'Cats win over the Golden Flashes last year at Pruitt Field.

It was the first home loss of the conference season for Ohio and the first blemish at Pruitt Field in conference play since dropping a 3-2 affair back on Aug. 26, 2008 to Miami. This was the first regular-season home loss since a 2-1 decision to nationally-ranked Ohio State back on Aug. 31.

"You could see it today, we just didn't come out with any fire," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "We only got going those last 15 minutes and for a Division I team to come out and play like that, there's no excuse."

Kent out-shot Ohio 9-3 and held an 8-1 edge in penalty corners. Cathryn Altdoerffer and Taylor Brown were the only two Bobcats other than Ballard to register a shot.

Debbie Bell, the MAC's leading scorer and one of the top-10 goal-scorers in the country, had two goals for the Golden Flashes. Reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week Rachel Miller added her ninth goal of the year and an assist while Nicole Leach scored four points on a goal and two helpers.

Tomorrow's contest with Central Michigan starts at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, Ohio will honor its seniors, Ballard, Brittany Zorn, Courtney Seiders and Paige Herr. Everyone in attendance will also be given a pink ribbon to support Ohio's "Attack for the Cure."