Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 8/31/2012

Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Central Michigan 4, Delaware 3 (OT)
Indiana 5, Missouri State 1
 


Central Michigan 4, Delaware 3 (OT)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Junior forward Bailey McKeon scored the game-winning goal in overtime, her second of the match, to defeat Delaware, 4-3, Friday afternoon.
 
McKeon’s goal in the 11th minute of the 15-minute overtime period sealed the deal for the Chippewas (2-1) after the Blue Hens (0-3) scored on a controversial goal with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra session.
 
The Blue Hens fired a shot from 35 yards away from the net - well outside the circle in which all goals must be scored - that was deemed deflected, and therefore a goal.
 
“This is a huge win because we were up 3-1 with six minutes left and then they walked back down and scored a goal and then they tied with 30 seconds remaining,” head coach Cristy Freese said. “Certainly Delaware had all the momentum going into overtime when you’re coming back from a 3-1 deficit and you’re able to tie the game. I thought our players did really nice being able to pull out the win.”
 
The Chippewas are becoming accustomed to overtime matches, with their last two going into extra time dating back to Sunday’s 3-2 loss against Villanova. All three of Delaware’s matches have gone into overtime.
 
With two goals Friday for the Chippewas, McKeon now has four on the season, just one shy of her total from 2011. In addition to the goal that closed the match, she found the back of the cage in the 15th minute to give the Chippewas a 2-0 lead.
 
“She is doing exactly what the left side forward should do,” Freese said. “I always feel that the left forward should score a lot of goals because it’s just a strong side to score from.”
 
Veteran junior forward Erica Garwood, in her fourth season with the Chippewas, didn’t waste any time scoring her first goal of the season in the first 30 seconds of the game. Sophomore forward Cayleigh Immelman dribbled into the circle and passed to Garwood, who put it behind the goalkeeper into the cage. The assist was Immelman’s first of the season.
 
Following McKeon’s goal to give the Chippewas a 2-0 lead, the Blue Hens answered back in the 17th minute, getting a goal from Kasey Prettyman, assisted by Jackie Coveleski, on a deflection of a long shot from the top-right part of the circle to pull within 2-1.
 
Senior defender Emily Girasole, the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week following last weekend’s competition, scored with just under six minutes remaining in regulation on a shot from the top of the circle to give the Chippewas a 3-1 lead.
 
Again the Blue Hens responded, this time just 40 seconds later as Michaela Patzner scored found the top of the cage, to pull within one and setting up the controversial goal that sent the match into overtime.
 
McKeon led an efficient Chippewas offense, which scored four goals on six shots on goal and seven total shots. Girasole, Garwood and senior midfielder Erin Dye each also recorded a shot on goal.
 
The Chippewas are back in action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against No. 22 Maine in Ann Arbor.
 
Indiana 5, Missouri State 1
Missouri State goalkeeper Katie Mulloy recorded 14 saves and junior defender Meagen Good scored her first goal of the year, but the Bears (0-2) dropped their contest at Indiana (3-0) by a 5-1 score.
 
Despite the loss, Missouri State head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa said she was pleased with the overall strides the squad showed after last weekend’s 6-1 loss at Virginia Commonwealth, noting that Mulloy was especially impressive.
 
Assistant coach Erika Dombkowski agreed with Gomez Sosa’s assessment.
 
“This was a positive game for everybody,” Dombkowski said. “It was an improvement in our confidence and ability to work together."
 
Penalty corners were the Bears’ undoing early in the game. Hoosiers senior Morgan Fleetwood scored the game’s first goal off a penalty corner in the seventh minute of the first half. Less than two minutes later, Indiana doubled their lead on another penalty corner, that time off a rebound by sophomore Audra Heilman. The Hoosiers made the score 3-0 on a deflection by junior Emily Bowker in the 15th minute.
 
For the second-straight week, the Bears got on the board as the clock was nearing triple-zeroes. Good’s shot found the back of the cage on an unassisted breakaway with just 27 seconds remaining in the first half.
 
However, the Hoosiers regained their three-goal advantage when junior Hannah Boyer knocked in a goal in the game’s 50th minute. Indiana junior Mariella Grote capped the scoring with a goal in the 67th minute to provide the final 5-1 margin.
 
Indiana out-shot the Bears by a 35-to-7 margin and placed 20 shots on goal, compared to Missouri State’s two.
 
The Bears will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Iowa City, Iowa.