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Field Hockey drops double-overtime thriller to Ohio

Sophomore forward Kate Biglin goes to hit the ball, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, Cristy Freese Field.

Entering double overtime, Central Michigan was poised to earn its second Mid-American conference win of the season. 

Ohio's Noa Desmartez ended the game 23 seconds later for a 2-1 Chippewa loss Friday at Cristy Freese Field.

CMU is now 3-10 overall and 1-4 in the MAC. The Bobcats move to 3-2 in conference and 6-9 overall.

“We need to show up and play our style of hockey and I didn’t see it today,” said head coach Catherine Ostoich. “I saw it in moments, but I don't think we ever found a flow and we played off Ohio's mistakes instead of playing our hockey.”

How It Happened

With less than five minutes in the fourth quarter, Chippewa senior back Allaura Bohan scored while forcing the goalkeeper away from the net, tying the game 1-1. CMU rode the momentum shift into a defensive shutdown to force overtime.

The Bobcats fired three shots on net in overtime, but goalkeeper Katie Maxim slammed the door shut, including a crucial save off her glove in Ohio’s third scoring opportunity. Midfielder Lauren Buffington marched the Chippewas down the field for a scoring opportunity in the final minute. She took the shot, but Ohio goalkeeper Nele Graner denied CMU’s game-winning opportunity, sending the game into double overtime.

The Bobcats put double overtime to rest with a goal in the opening minute to hand CMU its second straight overtime loss in MAC play.

Key Performers

Maxim finished with 11 saves. Bohan was CMU’s lone goal scorer off two shots. Junior midfielder Alice O’Hagan led the team with three shots.

What’s Next

The Chippewas travel to Louisville, Ky.  to continue MAC play against Bellarmine at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.