Sunday's Scoreboard 9/15:
Kent State 4, Villanova 1
Ohio 0, Northwestern 1
Miami 0, Maryland 6
Kent State 4, Villanova 1
KENT, Ohio – Kent State (4-2) finished off a successful weekend with a 4-1 victory over Villanova (2-4) on Sunday (Sept. 15) afternoon.
"I'm happy to get two wins off this weekend and to get to 4-2," said Head Coach Kathleen Wiler. "I saw the work we've been putting in at practice, some specific areas, show up this weekend. We're moving in the right direction."
The Golden Flashes took a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game when Karleigh Carlin was able to score off a blocked shot by Rebecca Lee. Missy Ramsey netted a shot off a corner three minutes later to make the lead two goals to none.
Just before the half, Hannah Faulkner bumped Kent State's lead up a goal, scoring off an assist by Alyssa McFerren.
Villanova was able to answer back at the start of the second half, but Julia Hofmann scored with eight minutes left in the game off a corner to secure a 4-1 win.
Hofmann led the team with six shots in the contest. McFerren finished the day with two assists. Jahna Jordan played another full game in goal, recording four saves in the contest.
The Golden Flashes were able to produce 36 shots in the game compared to 13 for the Wildcats.
Kent State remains home the coming week with two games against top-competitors Drexel and No. 8 Iowa. The Golden Flashes play the Dragons on Thursday (Sept. 19) at 1:00pm and conclude the weekend facing the Hawkeyes Sunday (Sept. 22) at noon.
"I think we have two tough, respectable teams coming in here next weekend," said Wiler, "and that's where it's important that we saw discipline in some areas we've been working on. We need to put in some good training this week and be ready."
EVANSTON, Ill. – The Ohio University field hockey team (2-4) put forth another superior defensive effort Sunday afternoon but came up just short, falling to No. 12 Northwestern, 1-0, at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
“I’m a little disappointed with the outcome today but I think we fought really hard throughout the game,” head coach Neil Macmillan said. “Northwestern did a nice job of playing an up tempo style. Every time we turned it over they ran at us hard and put us under pressure.”
Senior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) was again the star for the Bobcats, allowing just one goal while making five saves against the No. 12 team in the nation. Coupled with her strong game against Cal, Walker has now posted a 0.64 goals against average and .889 save percentage over her past two contests. She has made eight saves while allowing just one goal.
“The defense was extremely resolute yet again today,” Macmillan said. “I thought we did a great job picking up their dangerous forwards. I was happy to see Brittany play another outstanding game in goal.”
On the offensive side of the field, freshman Franziska Schmiedel (Mulheim, Germany) led the ‘Cats with two shots, while junior Lauryl Desch (Charlottesville, Va.) posed Ohio’s lone shot on goal against the fifth-ranked defense in the country.
“At the other end we didn’t do a good enough job creating shots off the chances we had,” Macmillan said. “We had a lot of balls in the attacking area that we didn’t do enough with.”
The Wildcats held a 12-5 advantage in shots for the game and posted 10 penalty corners to Ohio’s six.
Northwestern earned a couple scoring chances early in the contest, including two shots in the 7th and 13th minutes that were saved by Walker.
Ohio received its first opportunity in the 16th minute but could not convert on a penalty corner by senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia).
After Walker saved another Wildcats shot at 27’, Ohio put together a strong two-minute sequence in the offensive zone. Jue began the action with a corner at 30:57, which was taken by sophomore Adele Sammons (Upminster, England) and was fired wide of the goal. After another corner from Jue, Desch rifled a shot at the Wildcat goal but Maddy Carpenter was there to make the save for Northwestern at 31:55.
The two teams entered halftime knotted at zero.
Walker saved yet another Northwestern shot attempt at 36’, but the Wildcats finally broke through in the 40th minute when Nikki Parsley beat Walker with a reverse stick shot from inside the top of the circle.
Ohio earned another penalty corner at 45’ but a shot from senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) went wide. The ‘Cats put together another strong effort at 56’ with a corner from Jue, but Schmiedel’s ensuing shot also went wide.
Walker made her fifth save at 64’ and Ohio earned one more chance to post the equalizer, but a shot from Schmiedel was wide at 68’ and Northwestern hung on for the victory.
The ‘Cats return to action Saturday (Sept. 21) with a matchup against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Facing the NCAA’s highest scoring offense and a team that has won two of the past three National Championships, the Miami University field hockey team fell to second-ranked Maryland, 6-0, on Sunday to conclude play at the Terp Invitational. The RedHawks fall to 3-4 on the season, while the Terrapins improve to 6-0.
Maryland averages 6.50 goals per game. Despite that, Miami held the Terrapins off the board for the first 12 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made a couple early saves before Maryland struck on a penalty corner in the 13th minute. The Terps kept the pressure up, but Mueller kept it a one-goal game with four more saves. Maryland was able to break the game open with three goals in a four minute span to take a 4-0 lead into halftime.
The RedHawks were able to generate some scoring chances throughout the second half. Junior back Ali Froede had back-to-back shot attempts in the 41st minute. Freshman forward Geagy Pritchard, senior back Sid Marcum and junior midfielder Valentina Neira were able to get good shots on net, but each was kicked away by the Maryland goalkeepers. The Terrapins put in goals in the 50th and 64th minutes to complete the scoring.
Froede and Neira tied for the team lead with two shots apiece. Mueller finished with 10 saves.
After playing its first seven games on the road with five of them coming against teams in the top 20, Miami has its home opener Wednesday against Ohio State. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.