Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Friday's Field Hockey Scoreboard - 10/19
Kent State 4, Missouri St 3
Central Michigan 2, Ohio 1
Kent State 4, Missouri St. 3
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kent State capped off a dramatic come-from-behind victory in overtime on Friday to secure a bid to the Mid-American Tournament. The Golden Flashes (7-11; 3-1 MAC) remain tied for first in the MAC after they defeated Missouri State (4-10; 2-3) by a final of 4-3.
It was a clutch day, for Kent State which picked up its first road win over the season as the team forced overtime with just over a minute remaining in the game when sophomore Julia Hofmann (Bad Muenster, Germany) scored off a corner to tie the game.
In the extra session, sophomore Hannah Faulkner (Edwardsville, Ill.) played the hero for the Golden Flashes, giving her team the win in the 84th minute. Faulkner was able to slip past her defender before receiving a well placed ball on the right side of the net from Lee, she then shot the winning goal, keeping the Golden Flashes on top in the MAC.
The Golden Flashes got off to a strong start in Springfield scoring two goals in the first seven minutes of play. The first came off of a shot by junior Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia) after she was fed the ball by junior Melanie Kahn (San Diego, Calif.) in the 2nd minute of play. It was Lee's 8th goal of the season.
It did not take long for Kent State to add another goal, putting the Bears under pressure early. Just moments later in the 7th minute of play sophomore Julia Hofmann (Bad Muenster, Germany) released the ball from the middle of the circle, recording her MAC leading 13th goal of the year off of a penalty corner. Assisting on the play was junior Alyssa McFerren (Gibbsboro, N.J.), for her 7th assist on the year.
From there on the Golden Flashes offensive attack cooled off, as they were not able to capitalize on opportunities around the net. The defensive unit was able to keep the shutout for another 15 minutes before the Bears leading scorer on the year, Hillary Lawless, took a shot from 10 yards out that went past sophomore goalie Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.). The goal put Missouri State only one point behind in the 22nd minute of action. The two teams took that score of 2-1 to halftime.
Momentum was in favor of Missouri State in the second half as they were able to even the score at 2-2 in the 40th minute of play. The two sides battled back and forth for the next twenty minutes before either side was able to gain an edge. That side happened to be the Bears, as they took the lead, 3-2, in the 60th minute off of a deflection.
Hofmann and Faulkner then finished off the Bears. The victory keeps Kent State in the lead in the MAC, and has guaranteed them a berth in the MAC Tournament, as the top four teams in the conference advance.
Kent State returns to action tomorrow against No. 12 Iowa at 1:00 p.m. It will be the Golden Flashes seventh game against a ranked opponent this year.
Central Michigan 2, Ohio 1
Mt. Pleasant, Mich - Ohio Field Hockey dropped its fourth overtime game of the season and fell a game off the pace in the race for the MAC regular-season title this afternoon, losing 2-1 at Central Michigan. Kristine Gegas' first goal as a Bobcat forced the extra time but the 'Cats could not find the winner.
CMU had the first chance of the game when Baily McKeon was denied by Brittany Walker in the fifth minute. Ohio inundated the Chippewa end over a six-minute stretch, earning six penalty corners. However, the Bobcats managed only two shots, each from Taylor Brown, one of which was saved.
The home side found the breakthrough in the 19th minute as McKeon won a battle in front of the cage for her seventh goal of the season. Ohio defenders had successfully blocked two scoring attempts by Erin Dye prior to the CMU goal.
In the 23rd minute, Jessica Vaeth had a try go wide and Ohio would eventually find the equalizer via Gegas. The sophomore tapped in the first goal of her career off a pass from Laura Mastro on Ohio's final scoring chance of the half.
It took 15 minutes of play in the second half until one of the sides earned a scoring opportunity. CMU worked a penalty corner but McKeon's try went wide of goal. Ohio countered with a try from Mastro that was blocked and then Vaeth was denied a goal by CMU's Anastasia Netto in the 53rd minute.
With an Ohio player out after receiving a green card, CMU earned a penalty corner but Erica Garwood missed the target for the Chippewas with 8:30 to play in regulation. After another miss by the home team, Ohio earned its first penalty corner of the second half.
Unable to get a shot during that try, the Bobcats earned two more attempts in the final minute. Despite their last-minute efforts, Ohio only got one good look as Brown had a try blocked by a CMU defender.
On the first scoring chance for either team in the extra session, CMU's Jordan Brengosz deflected a penalty corner past Walker for her second goal of the season and the game-winner.
This was the Bobcats' sixth overtime game of the season as the team fell to 2-4. Ohio has now dropped two of the last three in this series at CMU, both in extra time.
Each team finished with only three shots on goal with CMU racking up nine total shots, as opposed to seven for the Bobcats. The Green and White did however hold a major edge in penalty corners during the contest, 10-4.
Ohio concludes the regular season next Saturday at Miami. The game is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. The Bobcats will then head back to Oxford for the MAC Tournament, Nov. 2-3, as they try and capture a second-straight MAC title and fifth in seve