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Ohio Ousted in Overtime by Miami, 3-2

Adele Sammons scored the first Ohio goal this afternoon

Nov. 2, 2012

Oxford, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey was eliminated from the MAC Tournament this afternoon by Miami, 3-2. The Bobcats held a second-half lead but could not seal the deal, eventually dropping a hard-fought contest in overtime to the regular-season champions.

Adele Sammons scored Ohio's first goal before halftime to the score and Jessia Jue gave the team a lead one minute into the second half. Unfortunately, Miami tallied the next two goals and advanced to tomorrow's championship game.

Miami held an 11-10 edge in shots, but Ohio put eight of its tries on goal as oppossed to four for the opponents. The RedHawks also finished with an advantage on penalty corner2, 7-5.

In the 14th minute, Ohio recorded its first shot as Danielle Rissmiller had an attempt saved by Miami's Sarah Mueller. Just 30 seconds later, Mueller denied Cathryn Altdoerffer's chance to take the lead off a corner taken by Marissa Higgins.

Ohio earned a third penalty corner in the 21st minute and Taylor Brown had a shot saved by Mueller. Caelyn Hartley was then stopped five minutes later by the Miami goalkeeper.

The RedHawks would break through thanks to their second penalty corner of the contest in the 29th minute. Emily Gruesser received a pass back from Olivia Miller and scored her eighth goal of the season for a 1-0 MU lead.

One minute later, Sammons coordinated an Ohio chance off a penalty corner but Mueller was there once more to turn away Altdoerffer for a second time. Sammons would get another chance to make an impact and this time she delivered.

On the stroke of halftime, the freshman lined up to take Ohio's fifth penalty corner of the match. Her entry went to Jue, who returned it back to Sammons for a scoring chance. The defender capitalized and scored her second goal of the season to even the score heading into intermission.

One minute into the second half, Jue struck for her fourth goal of the season, scoring off a rebound. Mueller made the initial save for Miami but the Ohio junior pounced to give the `Cats their first lead at 2-1.

The RedHawks ratcheted up the pressure and had shots on three-successive penalty corners. In the 52nd minute, Ali Froede knotted the score with her fifth goal of the season. Like the first goal, Miller set things up for Miami as they capitalized off a penalty corner taken by Valentina Neira.

Katherine Fenzel had two cracks at goal in a matter of seconds as Mueller made the initial save and the rebound attempt sailed wide. Miami had the last chance of regulation when Bea Dechant shot wide with two minutes remaining.

In the overtime, Ohio had the first scoring opportunity as Higgins had a shot blocked by a MU defender. However, the RedHawks had the next three chances and won the game with their fourth. Leni Gross scored her first goal of the season off a penalty corner, seven minutes into overtime to send Miami to the finals.