Saturday's Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/15/2012

Courtesy of MAC Home Sports Information Departments 

MAC Field Hockey Results - 9/15
Kent 6, Villanova 4
Virginia 6, Miami 1 
Ohio 2, Robert Morris 1 
Northwestern 8, Ball State 0 

Kent 6, Villanova 4
– A pair of second half goals by sophomore midfielder/forward Julia Hofmann (Bad Muenster, Germany) helped the Kent State field hockey team overcome a one-goal deficit and top Villanova, 6-4, Saturday (Sept. 15) in a neutral site contest at Syracuse’s J.S. Coyne Stadium.

The Golden Flashes (4-4) achieved a new team season-high in goals scored while Hofmann extended her season total to a team-high six scores in the win over the Wildcats (4-3).

Sophomore midfielder Hannah Faulkner (Edwardsville, Ill.) helped Kent State land the game’s first punch just under eight minutes into the contest when she dribbled into the top left of the circle and hit from the top of the middle for an unassisted goal, her second of the 2012 season. Junior defender Sabrina Binder (Krefeld, Germany) gave the Flashes a 2-0 lead seven minutes later off a rebound on a penalty corner for her first goal of the year.

Villanova answered with just under 15 minutes to play in the first half when senior midfielder Amy Jackson scored off a rebound at the left post to cut Kent State’s advantage to 2-1. Jackson struck again from the left post just over three minutes into the second half off a rebound on a penalty corner to knot the score at two-all.

Hofmann put Kent State back in the driver’s seat two minutes later with her fifth goal of the season off a penalty corner, but the Wildcats responded with two goals in less than two minutes by sophomore forward Leah High, putting Villanova in the lead, 4-3.

The Golden Flashes finished strong, though, scoring the contest’s last three goals to put the Wildcats away. Freshman forward Karleigh Carlin (Drexel Hill, Pa.) tied the game three minutes after High’s two goals, and freshman forward Alexis Madeira (Harrisburg, Pa.) put Kent State back in the lead for good with a tip in off a penalty corner six minutes later. Hofmann closed the victory out by adding an insurance score off a corner thanks to assists from junior midfielder Alyssa McFerren (Gibbsboro, N.J.) and Faulkner.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.) made eight saves and earned the win in goal for the Flashes.

Kent State looks for its first win over a ranked team since 2010 when it battles No. 2 Syracuse in a Sunday (Sept. 17) showdown at 1 p.m.

Virginia 6, Miami 1
- The Miami University field hockey team ran into one of the top teams in the nation on Saturday, falling to ninth-ranked Virginia, 6-1. The RedHawks are now 2-5 on the season, while the Cavaliers improve to 7-2.

Miami kept the Virginia offense in check for the first six minutes, holding the Cavaliers without a shot. In the seventh minute, UVA was able to earn a penalty corner, and Elizabeth Hanks would convert to put the Cavaliers up, 1-0. Two minutes later, Paige Selenski, a member of the United States National Field Hockey Team that competed in London over the summer, would score from the right corner to make it 2-0. RedHawk goalie Sarah Mueller would hold tough from there, making five saves to keep the score 2-0 going into the half.

Selenski would make it 3-0 in the 37th minute. In the 42nd minute, Miami would earn a penalty corner of its own. During the play Bea Dechant would find Ali Froede, who put it in to cut the deficit to 3-1. Seven minutes later, the RedHawks would score an own goal when a Virginia shot deflected off a RedHawk defender and into the net to make it 4-1. Miami would have another attempt to score off a penalty corner, but Olivia Miller's shot was saved. The Cavaliers would score two goals late to make the final score 6-1.

Virginia outshot Miami, 14-8, for the game. The RedHawks had a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners. Miller led the way with three shots. Mueller made seven saves in goal.

Miami returns to action Sunday when it travels to Williamsburg to take on William & Mary at noon.

Ohio 2, Robert Morris 1
- Luli Gomez Teruel scored the game-winner with under four minutes remaining to give Ohio Field Hockey a 2-1 win during a back-and-forth encounter with Robert Morris this afternoon.

“This wasn't our best game,” Gomez Teruel said. “We started off well with the goal but didn’t keep it up. We played poorly at times and then we had chances in the second half that we just didn't capitalize on. So it was frustrating at times today.”

“I’m happy with the result,” Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. “Winning was key, obviously. We just can't leave it until the final four minutes. Other than that we did a nice job on controlling play. We had a lot of corners that we just didn't execute on. That's something that we can get better with through practice.”

Goalkeeper Brittany Walker had to be on her toes early, making a save on RMU's Jamie Hartley in the first three minutes. Ohio came right back and scored on its first offensive foray. Jessica Jue delivered a corner to Laura Mastro, who then set up Taylor Brown. The senior rocketed her shot past the RMU goalkeeper for an early 1-0 lead.

The goal was the 35th of Brown's career, tying her for fourth all-time in Ohio history with former assistant coach Ali Johnstone (1998-01).

The next nine minutes belonged to Robert Morris as it worked two penalty-corner opportunities and finally capitalized when Hartley's try was deflected home by Jess Martin-Brown in the 14th minute.

With the score tied 1-1, Ohio turned up the pressure. The Bobcats had five shots and four penalty corners over the final 21 minutes while stifling RMU's attack. However, the game remained even at the break with RMU goalkeeper Erin McKenzie making two big saves on Cathryn Altdoerffer and one on Jessica Jue.

After the intermission, the Bobcats continued to get good looks on goal but McKenzie stood tall to keep the game deadlocked. The RMU goalkeeper made four saves on eight Ohio shots in the first 16 minutes of the second half and her defense stifled five 'Cats penalty corners.

The Colonials got their first shot since the first=period goal in the 52 minute when Walker denied Hartley. Martin-Brown's rebound try was then cleared away on a nice defensive save by Lauryl Desch. Over the next eight minutes, the ball remained in the Bobcat defensive zone as Ohio fended off four shots and two penalty corners.

The Bobcats flipped the field for the final seven minutes and their persistence paid off as Gomez Teruel capitalized on a scrum in front of goal to score the winner. It was the junior's sixth of the season and was set up by Jessica Jue. It was the junior's third assist of the season after setting the single-season mark last year with 18.

Ohio finished the game with an 18-9 edge in shots and 12-5 advantage in penalty corners. Walker finished with four saves while McKenzie had eight for the Colonials.

The Bobcats open MAC play next weekend with a match at Kent State on Friday at 3 p.m. This contest is a rematch of last year's championship contest, won by the Bobcats. Ohio's next home game is next Sunday, Sept. 23 at noon against No. 10 Northwestern.

Northwestern 8, Ball State 0
. - The Ball State field hockey team dropped an 8-0 decision to the No. 10 Northwestern Wildcats Saturday afternoon in Evanston, Ill. The Cardinals (1-5) are headed back to Muncie to play its first home game of the season against Lindenwood.

"We were working on very specific things today," said head coach Beth Maddox. "This is a process and to see the fight from our team was really rewarding. The results will come. We have a chance to make some adjustments and test them out tomorrow [against Lindenwood]."

Northwestern (8-1) was led by Tara Puffenberger who scored four goals and had one assist. The Wildcats' remaining goals were scored by Chelsea Armstrong and Kaylee Pohlmeyer. The Wildcats outshot the Cardinals 31-3.

Ball State was able to get shots from freshman Allie White (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont), sophomore Tarel Teach (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) and senior Marisa Weachter (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central).

Shelby Henley (Novi, Mich./Novi) played all 70 minutes in goal for the Cardinals, making 13 saves.

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