Nov. 8, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team (7-10) dropped a 2-1 contest to Miami University (11-9) Friday afternoon in the second of two MAC semifinal contests at the RedHawks' Field Hockey Complex.
Ohio held a 1-0 lead at halftime but could not overcome two Miami scores in a four minute span early in the second half. The `Cats held a 8-7 edge in penalty corners in the game and outshot Miami, 9-4 in the second half. Shots were tied at 12-12 overall for the contest.
"I'm disappointed for the team today. We did not play our best and it's a shame the season closes like that," head coach Neil Macmillan said. "We were very fortunate to be ahead at halftime and we had taken care of a great scoring opportunity. But we were not able to strengthen our defense in the early part of the second half."
Senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia), a 2013 First Team All-MAC selection, posted the goal for Ohio and notched two shots (both on goal) in the contest. Fellow senior Andrea Biegalski (Collegeville, Pa.) provided the assist on the score to tally her first point of the season. Senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) - the 2013 MAC Player of the Year - led the `Cats with three shots on the day.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) played the full 70 minutes in the cage for Ohio, making five saves while allowing two goals.
"Brittany was outstanding in goal and really kept us in the game, especially in the first half," Macmillan said. "There was very little she could've done in the second half to prevent Miami's scoring opportunities."
Miami controlled the first 10 minutes of play, but a well-timed early save from Walker kept the score tied at 0-0. Jue broke the tie in the 11th minute after taking a pass from Biegalski on the left side of the circle and rifling it past Miami goaltender Sarah Mueller.
Walker made another save at 23' to preserve the 1-0 Ohio lead and stopped a shot at 30' to continue her strong first half of play. The Bobcats entered the half holding the one-goal advantage.
After a green card on Ohio in the 36th minute, Miami took advantage just three minutes later, as Valentina Neira beat Walker at 39' to tie the score at one. Ohio was penalized with a yellow card just six seconds later, leading to another man-up opportunity for the RedHawks that culminated in a Miami score at 43'.
Ohio earned a penalty corner at 47' but could not capitalize on the opportunity. Gomez Teruel rifled a shot at 55' that was saved by Mueller and Miami quickly moved into the Ohio zone just minutes later to put a shot on goal at 61' that was saved by Walker. Then, Biegalski made a key defensive save at 66' to keep the deficit at one. The Green & White had a flurry of last minute opportunities as time expired, but could not score on two penalty corners by Jue at 68'.
"The energy in the last two minutes was too little, too late, and it's unfortunate we didn't play with that intensity throughout."
Ohio finishes the season with a 3-2 record in Mid-American Conference play and a 7-10 record overall. Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com throughout the winter for updates from the field hockey program.