Oct. 9, 2005
ATHENS, Ohio -
Despite clawing back to force overtime in the final 61 seconds of regulation, a Kent State goal less than five minutes into the extra period lifted the Golden Flashes to a 3-2 victory and handed the Ohio its first Mid-American Conference loss Sunday at Peggy Pruitt Field.
Torrie Albini (Escondido, Calif.) took a pass from Lindsay Rothenberger (Fleetwood, Pa.) and pushed it past the Kent State (2-11, 2-2 MAC) defense to turn a one-goal deficit into a tie game with 1:01 remaining in the second half. Just shy of five minutes into overtime, however, Kent State's Britt van Pelt found the back of the net off a breakaway and ended the game.
"We certainly never should have been in that situation," said Ohio Head Coach Neil Macmillan. "I thought we did enough during the game to win it. We had 21 shots and 15 corners. When you don't take care of that offensively, you're setting yourself up for a tough finish."
Ohio (6-7, 4-1 MAC) played catch-up for most of the second half. After a scoreless first period, Kent State's Charlotte Muller opened up the scoring at the 50:41 mark. On a straight shot from the top off the circle, Muller took advantage of a Golden Flash penalty corner and gave her team an early lead.
The advantage didn't last long, though, as Ohio's offense quickly responded. After an Ohio penalty corner, Rachelle Coetzee (Bloemfontein, South Africa) took a pair of shots--the second of which hit the cage--and the Bobcats evened the score at one. Amanda Arnold (Oceanport, N.J.) earned the assist.
Just more than four minutes later, Muller and the Kent State offense took advantage of another penalty corner. It was the same script as before, as Muller lifted a shot from the top of the circle through the Ohio defense and put the Golden Flashes back on top, 2-1.
The game remained that way into the waning moments of regulation. It was with just more than a minute remaining that Rothenberger drove the end line from the right side, crossed it to the middle, and found a waiting Albini, who posted her eighth goal of the season to force overtime.
In the first overtime, Ohio had a penalty corner opportunity but couldn't convert. After defending the penalty corner, the Golden Flashes took the ball down field and van Pelt tallied an unassisted goal in sudden death overtime.
"I thought we were the better team today," Macmillan said. "We had more chances than them, and if we would've taken care of those chances we would've been all right. They're certainly a better team than their record shows but we shouldn't have put ourselves in that position."
For the game, Ohio took 21 shots--13 on goal--and was awarded 15 penalty corners. Conversely, the Golden Flashes took 13 shots--11 on goal--and scored off two of their six penalty corners.
Ohio's Jennifer Cote (Raynham, Mass.) made six saves in goal and her counterpart Linz Markwart stopped 11 shots for the Golden Flashes. A pair of Ohio players--Arnold and Megan Rentschler (Akron, Pa.)--were credited with defensive saves.
At 4-1, the Bobcats remain in the top spot in the conference standings with the first-half of league play now over.
"We have to go out and dominate for the rest of the season," Macmillan said. "We know that if we play our best, we can be one of the top teams in the conference. We just need to get consistent play and we'll be fine."
Ohio will continue its five-game home stand next weekend in Athens. The Bobcats will meet Ball State at 3 p.m. Friday and Miami at 1 p.m. Saturday at Peggy Pruitt Field.