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Missouri State 2, Ohio 3
Miami 7, Ball State 0
Missouri State 2, Ohio 3
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Ohio University field hockey team (4-7, 1-0 MAC) walked off with a 3-2 overtime win against the Missouri State Bears (2-10, 0-1 MAC) Friday afternoon at Plaster Field.
Sophomore Adele Sammons (Upminster, England) fueled the extra session victory for the 'Cats, posting the first game-winning goal of her career just six minutes into the overtime period. The score came after a beautiful pass off a corner from junior Caelyn Hartley (Escondido, Calif.).
Sammons also assisted on Ohio's equalizing goal midway through the second half with the Bobcats trailing, 2-1, at the time.
Ohio's first two goals came courtesy of senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina). After Missouri State struck first in the game’s fifth minute, Teruel opened the scoring with a goal from a left side of the cage off an assist from freshman Franziska Schmiedel (Mulheim, Germany).
Then, with Ohio trailing again by one (2-1), Teruel notched her second goal 10 minutes into the second half, tipping a shot into the right corner of the goal off a good feed from Sammons.
The Bobcats controlled the offensive zone for much of the contest and held advantages in corners (10-6). Although Ohio was out-shot, 9-7, the Bobcats held a 2-1 advantage in the extra session.
"Overall we played a great game and I’m very excited for us to get a win in the MAC," head coach Neil Macmillan said. "It's important to start the conference season with a good result and today certainly was. It’s difficult to play on FieldTurf, and going to Robert Morris earlier in the season and playing on the surface definitely helped us today."
The Bobcats fought through close to 15 minutes of being down a player in the second half due to two yellow cards, but held their own and killed off the extra player opportunities for MSU.
“We did a good job of playing through a number of issues today," Macmillan said. "A lot of credit also goes to our trainer, Cara Rapoport. We had a few players take hits in the game and she did an admirable job of patching them up and helping us continue to compete."
With the win, Ohio improves to 50-17 in MAC contests since 2006. It marked the third time in four years the Bobcats captured their MAC opener.
I’m very proud of our team," Macmillan said. "We fought back twice from a goal down and responded almost immediately both times. To control overtime like we did was excellent to see."
The Green & White return to action Sunday at 1 p.m. with a matchup at Saint Louis.
Miami 7, Ball State 0
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team got Mid-American Conference play off to a fantastic start with a 7-0 win over Ball State on Friday. The RedHawks improve to 7-6 overall and 1-0 in the MAC. The Cardinals fall to 5-7 overall and 0-2 in the MAC.
Freshman forward Grace Leeker was the star for Miami on Friday, recording a hat trick of three goals. It was part of a dominant offensive effort that saw the RedHawks keep the ball in their attacking zone the majority of the contest. Miami outshot Ball State, 20-5, for the match, keeping the Cardinals without a shot until the 51st minute of the game.
“We put up a good fight today,” said junior midfielder Valentina Neira. “Ball State is a good team, we just had everything working.”
After having several chances early, the RedHawks broke a scoreless tie in the 17th minute. Senior midfielder Jordan Long sent a pass across the entire circle that senior forward Emily Gruesser put her stick on and knocked past the Ball State goalkeeper. Less than four minutes later, Leeker was able to get ahold of a loose ball on the right side of the circle. Her goal gave Miami a 2-0 lead.
The Red and White made it 3-0 going into halftime on a goal by Neira. Neira sent a pass to senior forward Alyssa Logan on the right side of the circle. Logan passed the ball right back to Neira in the middle of the circle, who one-timed it into the net for the goal.
Miami kept the offensive pressure going in the second half. In the 42nd minute, Neira scored her second goal of the game when she tipped in a Long shot. Logan made it 5-0 in the 48th minute when she scored on a breakaway.
Leeker completed the ‘Hawks scoring with a pair of goals. In the 58th minute, she knocked in a pass from senior forward Kaitlin Evans. Leeker got her hat trick in the 66th minute when she tipped in sophomore midfielder Bea Dechant’s shot on a penalty corner.
“We were told today when we want something to go for it,” said Leeker. “We really wanted to start off MAC play strong, so that is what we did.”
Neira led the RedHawks with five shots, while senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made four saves in net to earn her second straight shutout. Miami held a 13-0 advantage in penalty corners for the game.
The RedHawks continue MAC play when they take on Missouri State next Saturday.