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Ohio Drops MAC Finale at Miami, 3-1

Adele Sammons assisted on Ohio's goal today against Miami.

Oct. 27, 2012

Oxford, Ohio - Laura Mastro gave Ohio Field Hockey an early lead, but Miami countered with three goals en route to a 3-1 win this afternoon. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Bobcats in the series.

Ohio had the first two chances of the game, with the third one being the charm as Mastro scored off a Cathryn Altdoerffer corner for a 1-0 lead within 10 minutes. It was the senior’s second goal of the season and sixth of her career.

The teams would trade shots over the next few minutes with Kristine Gegas and Taylor Brown both having shots saved by Miami goalkeeper Sarah Mueller. The RedHawks would draw even on their fourth penalty corner of the match in the 23rd minute as Ali Froede scored her fourth goal of the season

Both sides had one more scoring chance during the remainder of the half, as Brown missed wide for the ‘Cats. In the first 35 minutes, Ohio held a 7-5 edge in shots but Miami held a 4-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Miami took the lead for a first time of its initial penalty corner in the second half. Olivia Miller’s team-leading eighth goal of the season was set up by Bea Dechant at 47:34.

The RedHawks doubled their advantage in the 62nd minute as Valentina Neira scored her seventh goal of the season when she was released on a breakaway by Emily Gruesser

Ohio got its first shot of the second half in the 65th minute as Caelyn Hartley put one just wide of frame. Brown was denied once more by Mueller with seconds remaining on the clock as Ohio slipped to defeat.

Miami finished with seven shots in the second half as opposed to just two for the ‘Cats. The RedHawks also held Ohio without a penalty corner over the final 35 minutes.

Goalkeeper Brittany Walker finished with seven saves for the Green and White. Unfortunately, this was only the second time all season that Ohio allowed three goals in a game (No. 7 Syracuse, 8/26).

The Bobcats will now play the RedHawks again in the MAC Tournament semifinals on Friday at noon.  The winner will play either Central Michigan or Kent State in the championship game, scheduled for 1 p.m. next Saturday, Nov. 3