Oct. 19, 2012
Mt. Pleasant, Mich - Ohio Field Hockey dropped its fourth overtime game of the season and fell a game off the pace in the race for the MAC regular-season title this afternoon, losing 2-1 at Central Michigan. Kristine Gegas' first goal as a Bobcat forced the extra time but the 'Cats could not find the winner.
CMU had the first chance of the game when Baily McKeon was denied by Brittany Walker in the fifth minute. Ohio inundated the Chippewa end over a six-minute stretch, earning six penalty corners. However, the Bobcats managed only two shots, each from Taylor Brown, one of which was saved.
The home side found the breakthrough in the 19th minute as McKeon won a battle in front of the cage for her seventh goal of the season. Ohio defenders had successfully blocked two scoring attempts by Erin Dye prior to the CMU goal.
In the 23rd minute, Jessica Vaeth had a try go wide and Ohio would eventually find the equalizer via Gegas. The sophomore tapped in the first goal of her career off a pass from Laura Mastro on Ohio's final scoring chance of the half.
It took 15 minutes of play in the second half until one of the sides earned a scoring opportunity. CMU worked a penalty corner but McKeon's try went wide of goal. Ohio countered with a try from Mastro that was blocked and then Vaeth was denied a goal by CMU's Anastasia Netto in the 53rd minute.
With an Ohio player out after receiving a green card, CMU earned a penalty corner but Erica Garwood missed the target for the Chippewas with 8:30 to play in regulation. After another miss by the home team, Ohio earned its first penalty corner of the second half.
Unable to get a shot during that try, the Bobcats earned two more attempts in the final minute. Despite their last-minute efforts, Ohio only got one good look as Brown had a try blocked by a CMU defender.
On the first scoring chance for either team in the extra session, CMU's Jordan Brengosz deflected a penalty corner past Walker for her second goal of the season and the game-winner.
This was the Bobcats' sixth overtime game of the season as the team fell to 2-4. Ohio has now dropped two of the last three in this series at CMU, both in extra time.
Each team finished with only three shots on goal with CMU racking up nine total shots, as opposed to seven for the Bobcats. The Green and White did however hold a major edge in penalty corners during the contest, 10-4.
Ohio concludes the regular season next Saturday at Miami. The game is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. The Bobcats will then head back to Oxford for the MAC Tournament, Nov. 2-3, as they try and capture a second-straight MAC title and fifth in seven years.