Central Michigan 1, Miami 2
Ohio 3 , Kent State 2
Central Michigan 1, Miami 2
OXFORD, Ohio – Sooner or later, one has to go in.
That mantra was the theme of the Miami field hockey team’s 2-1 double overtime win over Central Michigan at the Miami Field Hockey Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The RedHawks (9-9, 3-2 Mid-American) outshot the Chippewas (6-11, 3-2 MAC) 27-8, but the game was nearly sent to penalty strokes before Ali Froede ended it with 2:31 left in the second overtime period.
The Red and White held a 6-2 advantage in shots, with four of those attempts on goal, in a scoreless first half. The RedHawks also created five penalty corners while allowing the Chippewas only one attempt from the corner. CMU keeper Sadie Reynolds stopped all four attempts to hold MU off the board.
While CMU only had two shots, both were on goal, forcing Sarah Mueller to make some quality saves. The Chippewas’ first chance came on an Abby Roth penalty stroke in the 16th minute of play. Roth fired a shot to Mueller’s right and she reacted quickly to turn away the uncontested shot. Her other save came on a Bailey McKeon attempt that was set up by CMU’s lone penalty corner of the half.
MU finally got on the board in the 45th minute when Valentina Neira swung a pass to Emily Gruesser down the right side of the attacking circle. Gruesser had a clear path to the net and worked the ball around Reynolds for her sixth goal of the year to put the Red and White on top 1-0.
It took less than six minutes for the Chippewas to respond. In the 51st minute, CMU earned a penalty corner and took full advantage. After the entry pass, the ball eventually was served to Bailey McKeon, who flung a shot that was tipped by Jordyn Brengosz to even the score at one apiece.
CMU’s goal would cap the regulation scoring, even though MU dominated statistically. The RedHawks outshot the Chippewas 11-2 while holding a 6-3 edge in penalty corners during the final regulation period. Despite the heavy shot advantage, regulation would not be enough to decide it.
Miami outshot the Chippewas 6-3 in the first overtime, placing five of those attempts on the cage. Reynolds stood tall for CMU, however, turning aside each of those attempts to force another overtime period.
The second overtime period appeared to be going the way of the first as time and again Miami put together a scoring opportunity only to see it negated by Reynolds’ play in goal or a CMU defensive play. With the final overtime period winding down and penalty strokes an increasingly real possibility, Froede had the game on her stick. After working herself into the circle, Froede launched a shot from the top of the attacking circle that beat Reynolds far side for her ninth goal of the year. That tally put MU into the win column and moved it into a second-place tie in the standings with CMU.
In addition to the 27-8 edge in shots, MU finished up with a 13-6 lead in penalty corners. Bea Dechant led all players with seven shots.
While most of the shots were directed towards Reynolds (17 saves on 19 shots), Mueller did make two strong saves on the three shots CMU put on goal.
The RedHawks conclude their regular season with a non-conference showdown against Providence on Sunday. That contest begins at noon.
Ohio 3 , Kent State 2
ATHENS, Ohio - Senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia) scored the game-winning goal with 12:44 remaining in the second overtime as the Ohio University field hockey team (7-9, 3-2 MAC) rallied to knock off Mid-American Conference rival Kent State University (8-9, 4-1 MAC), 3-2, on Senior Day Saturday at Pruitt Field.
With the win over the first-place Flashes, the Bobcats clinched a spot in the 2013 MAC Tournament, scheduled for next weekend (Nov. 8-9) in Oxford, Ohio.
Ohio held a 20-11 edge in shots for the match, including a commanding 11-5 advantage in the second half. Ohio also won the penalty corner battle (12-8), including a crucial opportunity in the second overtime.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) played all 87:16 in the cage for the 'Cats and made seven saves while allowing just two goals.
Trailing 2-1, at the end of regulation, Ohio received a corner opportunity with time expiring. The Bobcats took advantage, tying the match courtesy of a goal off a rebound by redshirt junior Lauryl Desch (Charlottesville, Va.), who scored her second of the year.
Ohio could not capitalize on a penalty shot opportunity at the end of the first overtime period, but Jue provided the winning margin for the Bobcats in the second, tallying her sixth goal of the season. Fellow senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) provided the assist on Desch's goal in a fitting end to the game meant to honor the team's senior class.
Kent got on the board first in the contest just eight minutes into the game, but Ohio answered seven minutes later with a strong goal by freshman Franziska Schmiedel (Mulheim, Germany). The Flashes then scored with five minutes left in the first half to take a 2-1 lead, which the team held until Desch's goal sent the match into overtime.