Sept. 27, 2009
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – It was a close match between the Miami RedHawks and the Central Michigan Chippewas today, but the Miami field hockey team came out on top 2-1 in overtime. This win marks the fifth consecutive win for the RedHawks, and brings them to 6-4-0 on the season and an unmatched 3-0-0 in MAC play. The Chippewas are now 3-5-0 in 2009 and 1-2-0 in conference competition.
The quick pace and intense tone of the match was set early as CMU scored a goal at 2:54 off the stick of forward Pam Seuffert with the assist by fellow forward Kelly Jordan.
The Chippewas would not hang on to the lead for long, however, as Miami senior back Maggie Marcum scored her fifth goal of the season, and her third in the past two games at 9:51. Despite an additional three shots by CMU and five by Miami in the first period, the score would remain tied going into the half.
Momentum appeared to be even heading into the second half in which the defensive efforts of both sides remained in control. Nine RedHawk and two Chippewa shots could not find the goal in the second period, bringing the two into a heated overtime battle. The stalemate was broken 8:40 into the overtime period when Marcum scored here second of the game for Miami on a 3-on-1 break with an assist by Rachael Walz, giving the RedHawks the hard-earned win.
“Central [Michigan] played outstanding, they gave us all we could handle,” said Head Coach Jill Reeve of the match. “Maggie Marcum played well for us today, but we were not playing our best and I think that Central Michigan was creating that. But we survived it… it was a learning experience. We need to bring it every day.”
Miami will return to action this Friday in Muncie, Ind. as they take on fellow MAC competitor Ball State at 3 p.m.