Oct. 3, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey put forth a valiant effort but was defeated by No. 6 Michigan State in East Lansing this afternoon, 6-4. Cathryn Altdoerffer scored twice and the 'Cats even led 3-2 during the first half.
"To score four goals against a top quality opponent like Michigan State is outstanding," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "We really went after them after falling behind and then were able to put some pressure on them at the end to try and create the equalizer."
Ohio (6-7) fell behind 2-0 within the first seven minutes after goals from Kristen Henn and Sabine van den Assem. However, Altdoerrfer's first goal off the game after a scramble in front of the penalty area seemed to waken the Bobcat attack.
Four minutes after getting on the board, Taylor Brown crossed the ball across the mouth of the cage and Jessica Jue deflected home the tying goal into the left corner.
Two minutes later, Ohio had the lead as Jue beat a drawn-out MSU goalkeeper and fed Brooke Edwards for a 3-2 lead.
"I can't say enough bout how impressed I am with the resolve of this team," Macmillan said. "We fought really hard today and sometimes you go up against teams that are just better. That seemed to be the case today but our players never gave up and almost had a chance to send the game into overtime."
Ohio scored on all three of their shots during the first half, Courtney Seiders made two saves in goal and the squad did not attain a penalty corner while allowing five.
After the break Holly Sherman would regain the lead for MSU and van dem Assem scored her third of the afternoon for a 5-3 lead in the 54th minute.
The resilient Bobcats would not go away though as Altdoerffer scored her second of the day to give the team a shot with eight minutes remaining. The chance was created off a penalty corner taken by Paige Herr.
With the momentum back in their favor, Ohio continued to attack as Brown, Edwards and Laine Greenawalt all had looks at goal. However, that left the team a little vulnerable at the back and MSU was able to score once more off a penalty corner in the waning seconds.
The 'Cats jump back into MAC play next weekend with matches at Kent State and against Missouri State. The contest the Bears will be at Pruitt Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.