Sept. 21, 2012
Kent, Ohio - In a rematch of last year’s MAC Championship game, it was Ohio on the wrong end of a 2-1 score line at Kent State this afternoon.
The league opener for both squads went to extra time before the Golden Flashes scored the winner against the Bobcats (4-4, 0-1).
This was the third overtime game in the last four for the Bobcats and fifth straight game decided by a single goal.
After KSU registered the first shot of the game, Ohio struck. Off a penalty corner in the 11th minute, Cathryn Altdoerffer was denied by opposing goalkeeper Jahna Jordan. However, the senior collected the rebound and found Taylor Brown for her fifth goal of the season. Coming into the game, Brown's point total ranked her in the top 35 nationally.
Ohio’s Brittany Walker made her first save in the 14th minute, denying KSU’s Rebecca Lee. The Bobcats would then work out three successive penalty corners as Brown was denied by Jordan and Adele Sammons went wide with a try.
The Golden Flashes broke through in the 24th minute when Julia Hofmann, the reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week, scored her eighth goal of the season off a penalty corner.
Ohio’s attack would not be deterred as Altdoerffer and Brown both had shots saved. The second attempt got past Jordan but was cleared away by Hannah Faulkner. An attempt by KSU’s Karleigh Carlin got past Walker at the other end but Sammons cleaned it up for the Bobcats. Walker then denied Hofmann at the close of the first half to keep the game tied.
Kent State earned three penalty corners in the first five minutes of the second half but the Ohio defense stood tall each time. Walker denied Lee, and then Marissa Higgins cleared away another Hofmann try.
The Bobcats settled in and dominated play over the next 11 minutes, registering three penalty corners of their own. Brown was denied twice by Jordan before firing a try just wide of the cage.
The final 14 minutes of regulation belonged to the home side with their best opportunity coming on a try by Melanie Kahn. However, Walker snuffed out the attempt and sent the game to overtime. The sophomore finished with six saves in regulation for the Bobcats.
Walker denied Lee once more to start the extra session and Ohio’s best chance followed as Laura Mastro was stopped by Jordan. In the 79th minute, Kent State got the winner as Kahn was released on a breakaway and beat Walker for her third goal of the season.
Ohio returns to action on Sunday when it hosts No. 10 Northwestern at noon.