Field Hockey drops fourth straight

Sophomore midfielder Hannah Havarilla battles with an Ohio player, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, Cristy Freese Field. The Chippewas would go on to lose the game in double overtime with a final score of 2-1.

  After dropping a thrilling Mid-American Conference game against Ohio last week, Central Michigan failed to earn a win in a 3-0 loss to Bellarmine on Friday. 

The Chippewas now fall to 3-11 overall and 1-5 in Mid-American Conference despite posting 13 shots overall and eight on net. The Knights are now 3-11 overall and 2-4 in the MAC.

“We had opportunities, but we did not capitalize on those opportunities today and we sat in the circle and watched it sit in the attacking circle,” said head coach Catherine Ostrich. “We could not execute and score goals, although we had opportunities, we let the Bellarmine defense work us.”

How It Happened

The Knights sophomore midfielder Anna Crump wasted no time scoring the first goal of the game from close range off a deflection from CMU junior goalkeeper Katie Maxim. CMU looked to respond to the Knights with less than four minutes in the first quarter, but failed to find its footing.

The Chippewas put on the early pressure in the second quarter with a penalty corner, but Bellarmine's senior goalkeeper Breanna McWhorter's diving save denied CMU's scoring threat. Bellarmine forward Amber Hofenk Jerembo responded quickly off a give away and beat Maxim one-on-one through Maxim's legs for a 2-0 Knights lead. 

At the start of the second half the Chippewas were out shooting the Knights 4-2 and continued to outshine in shooting throughout the game. With the Chippewas looking for their breakthrough moment, they couldn't stop the Knights from increasing their lead. 

Crump came out blazing once again for the Knights by driving the baseline and burying a rebound for her second goal of the day to push the score to 3-0. 

There was hope for the Chippewas as they started the final quarter with possession. With multiple attempts to find the net throughout the last 15 minutes, they went for one last drive to end Bellarmine's hopes of its first shutout at the division I level. CMU set up for a penalty corner with 32 seconds left, but McWhorter blocked the goal from her knees to secure the knights shutout.

Key Stats

Junior midfielders Alice O’Hagan led the team with five shots for the Chippewas and Lauren Buffington followed with three shots. Maxim finished with one save that was her 100th of the season.

What’s Next

The Chippewas continue their road trip to St. Louis at 1 p.m. Sunday at 1 p.m. for a non-conference game.