Sept. 14, 2012
Chelsey Medlock recorded a pair of defensive saves, but the Missouri State field hockey team (2-4) fell to 20th-ranked Albany by a score of 3-0 in front of 51 fans in Iowa City, Iowa.
At the moment, inconsistency is perhaps one of Missouri State’s greatest foes, assistant coach Erika Dombkowski said.
“We took a step back today,” Dombkowski said. “We need to be more consistent with our level of play and we need to have desire in game we play.
“When you have the right attitude, nothing can stop you. This was that wake-up call.”
The Bears and Albany were locked in a scoreless tie for the first 10:27 before Albany’s Echo Bretz scored her first goal of the year off a rebound. However, Missouri State goalkeeper Andrea Bain stopped three more shots in the first half, which left Missouri State’s deficit at just one goal at the break.
However, Albany got back on the board quickly in the second half when Nina Walters scored off a rebound a little under three minutes into the stanza. Missouri State goalkeeper Katie Mulloy replaced Bain in net with 17:57 remaining in the game and allowed the game’s final goal to Albany’s Daphne Voormolen, who was assisted off a penalty corner by Laura Page and Jessica Longstreth.
Mulloy and Bain recorded save totals of four and three, respectively. Medlock’s two defensive saves were her first two of the year. After allowing 21 goals in the year's first three contests, MSU has held their last three opponents to a total of nine goals.
Missouri State was out-shot 25-to-0 and gave up 19 penalty corners.
The team will return to action on Sept. 16 with a noon matchup against the California Golden Bears in Bloomington, Ind.