By Paul Monnin
On the day Ohio field hockey celebrated senior day at Pruitt Field, senior Taylor Brown rose to the occasion, scoring four of the Bobcats’ five goals in an emotional 5-1 victory over Missouri State on Homecoming Saturday.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that I can do that for my team,” Brown said of her four-goal performance. “It’s really important. It’s an emotional day.”
Brown struck early and often against the Bears, scoring off a deflection less than five minutes into the match, completing the hat trick before halftime, and tying her career high of four goals on a second-half penalty stroke. Senior Laura Mastro also got in on the act, assisting one of Brown’s goals and adding one of her own, her first goal of the season.
“She did really well,” said Head Coach Neal Macmillan of Brown’s performance. “She’s up there in career rankings now in Ohio goals, and you don’t get there if you can’t finish.”
Brown’s performance was a product of a dominant team effort. The Bobcats outshot the Bears 31 to eight and totaled 15 penalty corners to the Bears’ five. The Bobcats aggressive play yielded great dividends in the form of a commanding victory in their final home game of the season.
“I think we’re very comfortable with where we are right now,” coach Macmillian. “We’ve got good depth, and when people are needed, they can go in, and they do a good job.”
The homecoming-day win puts the Bobcats at 8-6 for the season and 2-1 in MAC play. Next weekend they will travel to Mt. Pleasant to square off with Central Michigan.