Oct. 7, 2011
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Taylor Brown and Jessica Vaeth scored on either side of halftime and Ohio Field Hockey topped Central Michigan on the road this afternoon, 2-0. Brown’s 10th goal of the season gave the Bobcats an early lead before the junior assisted on Vaeth’s tally.
“While it wasn’t the best performance that we’ve had this season, we did enough to get the goals and keep them off the scoreboard,” Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. “In the end, we did well by getting a positive result at a tough place to play.”
Brown’s goal came on Ohio’s first shot of the game in the 13th minute. She was set up by Brooke Edwards who scored twice in the last meeting with the Chippewas. Edwards created the chance by moving up the left endline with the ball before finding an open Brown.
Ohio didn’t create much for the remainder of the half until the final two minutes. Andrea Biegalski had a try saved and was then denied again on the rebound. 29 seconds later, Cathryn Altdoerffer was denied by CMU’s goalkeeper, Anastasia Netto. In first-half stoppage time, Biegalski had a try carom off the post after a penalty corner situation.
For the half, Ohio held a 5-2 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage in penalty corners.
In the second half, Biegalski, Brown and Lauryl Desch all had attempts before the Bobcats found their insurance goal. At 57:23, Brown took a shot that was deflected by Vaeth past Netto into the right corner for a 2-0 Ohio lead. The Green & White would allow just one penalty corner and no shots the rest of the contest.
“We really did an excellent job of moving the ball around,” Macmillan added. “Our passing was key because it created an urgency in them. The last 15 minutes or so, we created a good attack which limited their chances to get back in the game.”
In the second half, Ohio out-shot the Chippewas, 4-2 and finished with a 9-4 edge for the game. CMU did manage to garner three penalty corners in the final 35 minutes and both teams finished with four for the game.
Bobcat goalkeeper Jen McGill, the reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Week, posted her fifth shutout of the season. Entering the game, McGill was second in the nation with a goals-against average of 0.76. CMU had outscored its opponents at home 20-4 entering today’s game and had been averaging 2.70 goals per game
“It was just another solid performance at the back, limiting them to one shot on target,” Macmillan added. “They got some corners because they have some creative players up front but we were able to deal with them.”
Ohio has now won 11 of 13 against Central Michigan and leads the overall series, 36-23.
The Bobcats host No. 17 Iowa on Sunday at noon in their final non-conference contest of the season. This is the third ranked team that Ohio will face this season.