Missouri State 2, Ball State 1
Kent State 0, Louisville 6
Miami 2, Providence 1
Missouri State 2, Ball State 1
SPRINGFIELD - Sophomore defender Liz Young scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Missouri State field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over the Ball State Cardinals on Sunday (Nov. 3) at Plaster Sports Complex.
In the last game of the season, Young scored the game-winner in the third minute of overtime. The native of San Diego took a pass across the circle from Laura Tavares (Sr., Oakville, Ontario), and knocked the ball past Ball State goalkeeper Shelby Henley and into the left side of the cage to secure the win for Missouri State (4-12, 1-4 MAC).
The extra period was necessitated in the game's final minute. Facing a 1-0 deficit with the clock winding down below 60 seconds, Ball State (6-12, 1-4 MAC) tied the match when Tori Widrick scored her third goal of the year off a rebound with 22 seconds left in regulation.
The two teams dueled to a scoreless tie through the first 46:49 of the match until MSU freshman Kayleigh Schmitz (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) scored into the right side of the goal - the first tally of her career - to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. Schmitz took advantage of a Bears shot that clanked off the right post, and hit a slap shot past Henley.
With the win, Missouri State tied Ball State for fifth in the conference standings, and quashed any hope the Cardinals had of qualifying for the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Senior goalkeepers Andrea Bain (Victoria, British Columbia) and Katie Mulloy (Antioch, Ill.) combined to notch six saves in seven attempts on senior day. Young also helped out on defense, as she notched a defensive save for the Bears, her team-high fifth of the season.
Missouri State owned the advantage in shots, 16-11 and placed seven shots on goal during its senior day. Ball State had eight shots on goal and posted 13 penalty corners to MSU's seven.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kent State (8-10) did not end the regular season as they wanted to, losing 6-0 at No. 14 Louisville (15-4) on Sunday (Nov. 3) afternoon.
The 2013 Mid-American Conference champions could not get anything going offensively in the match, whereas Louisville, the 2013 Big East champions, were able to go up 2-0 at the half and then score four more in the second for the victory.
The Golden Flashes had six shots in the game with four coming on goal. They did not get a corner opportunity in the match for the first time this season. Six different players recorded the team's shots.
The Cardinals had 16 shots with ten on goal. They had ten penalty corners, scoring on three of them.
Kent State now looks forward to the MAC Tournament beginning on Friday (Nov. 8). As the No. 1 seed, the Golden Flashes will play No. 4 Ohio in the second game. The MAC Tournament championship match will be held on Saturday (Nov. 9).
Miami 2, Providence 1
OXFORD, Ohio – Going into overtime for the second consecutive day, senior forward Emily Gruesser made sure the Miami University field hockey team had a successful Senior Day, scoring on her own rebound in the 73rd minute to give the RedHawks a 2-1 victory over Providence on Sunday. Miami completes the regular season at 10-9 overall, while the Friars fall to 8-10.
“We gave up too many opportunities inside of our 25,”said head coach Iñako Puzo. “But if we look at the result, we are very happy because Providence is a great team and it’s a great win for the program.”
The Friars had a 28-15 shot advantage in the game. However, senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller was up to the task, tying a career-high with 14 saves. The entire Miami defense played well in protecting the net, coming up with a season-high four defensive saves. Junior midfielder Gabby Goldach led the ‘Hawks with two of them.
Providence used 11 penalty corner attempts during the first half to create 16 shot attempts. However it was Miami who successfully converted on one of its six penalty corner attempts. In the 29th minute, senior back Jordan Long’s shot was saved by the Friar keeper. The rebound went back to junior back Ali Froede who took a shot on the net of her own. Freshman forward Grace Leeker was at the goal line to tip the ball in and give Miami a 1-0 advantage.
It stayed that way until the 58th minute when Providence finally converted on its 14th penalty corner attempt of the game. The Friars had a chance to win the game in regulation with a little over a minute left when a tipped shot appeared to be heading straight in at the top of the net, but Goldach came up and was able to get a stick on it to knock it away for a great defensive save. The RedHawks were able to run out the rest of the clock to send the game into overtime.
Playing 7v7 during the overtime session, an early yellow card put Providence down a player. Miami took advantage in the 73rd minute to bring the ball into its attack circle. Gruesser took a shot from the top left corner that was kicked away. The ball bounced to the left side where Gruesser scooped it up and took another shot that beat the goalkeeper to her left and gave the RedHawks their second straight 2-1 overtime victory.
“This is good for us. We’d of course prefer to beat teams 5-0, as would any team, but these games get you ready for when you need to perform your best,” said Puzo. “We’re going to the MAC Tournament, where you cannot afford to make mistakes. It’s going to be a close tournament and overtime is always a possibility. This week is going to get us ready for the future.”
The Friars finished with a 14-8 advantage in penalty corners. Froede and senior Alyssa Logan led the RedHawks with three shots apiece.
Miami hosts the annual Mid-American Conference Tournament beginning Friday. Check back with MURedHawks.com later Sunday for the release of the official bracket.