Ohio Dropped from MAC Tournament in OT at Miami

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The Bobcats dropped a third consecutive contest Friday at the hands of the Miami RedHawks, 3-2 in overtime, eliminating them from the MAC Tournament and a shot at defending their MAC title.

Freshman Adele Sammons and Junior Jessica Jue scored Ohio’s two goals, which were not enough to best conference-rival Miami in yet another overtime thriller. Ohio held a second half lead after Jue’s goal, but Sophomore Brittany Walker saw Ali Froede’s equalizer reach the back of the cage for Miami in the 53rd minute. MAC Freshman of the Year Bea Dechant scored the game-winner, assisted by Leni Gross, seven minutes into the overtime period.

Walker allowed three goals on four shots on goal from the RedHawks. In the opposite cage, First Team All-MAC goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made six saves, including two on shots by First Team All-MAC midfielder Cathryn Altdoerffer and one from leading Ohio goal scorer Taylor Brown.

With the loss the Bobcats finished the season just 8-9. Ohio came up just short many times during the 2012 campaign. Seven of Ohio’s nine losses were by a one-goal margin, five of which were in overtime, including a 1-0 overtime defeat at the hands of nationally ranked Michigan State.

While All-MAC seniors Brown, Altdoerffer, Laura Mastro and Marissa Higgins have played their final games, Ohio’s potential for success during the 2013 season remains high.

The Bobcats return six regular starters, including Jue, a two-time All-MAC honoree, and Walker, who posted the lowest goals against average in the MAC this season (1.85).