By Paul Monnin
After beating up on the Ball State Saturday afternoon 7-0, the Bobcats failed to capitalize on several opportunities on Sunday and fell to 20th-ranked Michigan State 1-0 in overtime, making for an up-and-down weekend for Bobcat field hockey at Pruitt Field.
“We just try to stay very centered,” Head Coach Neil Macmillan said after Sunday’s loss. “You don’t want to get too excited after a game like yesterday, and then we don’t want to get too disappointed with a game like today.”
The Bobcats’ dominant performance Saturday was the product of an incredibly one-sided affair. The Bobcats racked up 26 shots and 16 penalty corners while allowing only one shot to the Cardinals. The team’s seven goals included senior Taylor Brown’s seventh of the season, two by senior Cathryn Altdoerffer, and the first of junior Riley Higgins’ Bobcat career.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the celebration was short-lived. After fighting through two scoreless periods of regulation, the Bobcats fell in overtime on a goal by Michigan State sophomore Allie Ahern. The Bobcats failed to capitalize on a number of opportunities in the game, most notably their five penalty corners, two on which they failed to create a shot.
“We got those two missed opportunities, and those are things that are going to cost you in a tight game like that,” coach Macmillan noted. “It’s disappointing when you have an opportunity like that to win a game, but you’ve got to put the ball in the net.”
This weekend’s win and loss put the team at 7-6 as the regular season winds down. The Bobcats will celebrate the careers of their seniors before facing Missouri State next weekend in their home finale.