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Friday's MAC Field Hockey Scoreboard - 9/21
Miami (Ohio) 4, Central Michigan 1
Kent 2, Ohio 1
Miami (Ohio) 4, Central Michigan 1
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Playing the fifth-hardest schedule in the country during the non-conference season paid off for the Miami University field hockey team as it opened Mid-American Conference play with a 4-1 victory over Central Michigan on Friday. The RedHawks improve to 3-6 overall and 1-0 in the MAC. The Chippewas fall to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the MAC.
Miami would strike first when Olivia Miller put home an unassisted tally in the eighth minute. It would prove to bet the only goal of a defensive first half in which Central Michigan outshot the RedHawks, 5-4. When tested, junior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller was up to the task, making three saves during the period.
Play was much more wide open in the second half. Valentina Neira would quickly make it 2-0 in favor of Miami in the 39th minute when her shot was deflected off a CMU defender and into the net. The Chippewas would earn a couple of penalty corner attempts over the next 10 minutes, but each time they would have their shot attempts blocked. Finally in the 53rd minute, Erin Dye would score to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The RedHawks answered right back three minutes later when Kaitlin Evans redirected Emily Gruesser’s shot into the goal to make it 3-1. Central Michigan would go on the attack, but once again Mueller came up big, making four saves, including three in a 20-second stretch. Miami would earn a penalty corner in the 68th minute and put the game away with a conversion. Ali Froede would score her second goal of the season off assists from Miller and Sid Marcum.
The Chippewas outshot the RedHawks, 18-10, for the game. They also had a 10-5 advantage in penalty corners. Miller led Miami with two shots, but it was a balanced attack that saw nine different players attempt shots. Mueller finished with nine saves in goal.
The RedHawks return to non-conference action when they host a pair of games. On Sunday, Miami will take on Georgetown at 11 a.m. The RedHawks will then face Saint Francis (PA) on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Field Hockey Turf complex.
Kent StateState 2, Ohio 1
KENT, Ohio – The Kent State field hockey team took its first step toward avenging a painful 2-1 loss to their Mid-American Conference rivals in the 2011 conference title game by exacting a little bit of revenge Friday (Sept. 21) at Murphy-Mellis Field.
Junior midfield Melanie Kahn (San Diego, Calif.) beat sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Walker on a breakaway 9:17 into overtime for her third goal of the season to give Kent State a 2-1 victory over Ohio in the 2012 MAC opener.
The Golden Flashes (5-6, 1-0 MAC) won their sixth straight conference lid lifter and ended a two-game losing skid with the victory over the Bobcats (4-4, 0-1 MAC).
Ohio struck first 10:34 into the contest when senior Taylor Brown scored off an assist from senior Cathryn Altdoerffer.
Junior midfield/forward Julia Hofmann (Bad Muenster, Germany) evened the score 13 minutes later with her team-high eighth goal of the season after receiving passes from freshman forward Alexis Madeira (Harrisburg, Pa.) and junior defender Sabrina Binder (Krefeld, Germany) off a corner.
The second half was a war of attrition, and Kent State sophomore goalkeeper Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.) did her part to put the Golden Flashes in position for an overtime victory by keeping Ohio off of the scoreboard.
The Flashes close the weekend by stepping back out of conference play to battle Louisville Sunday (Sept. 23) at noon.