Nov. 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - Sophomore defender Liz Young scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Missouri State field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over the Ball State Cardinals on Sunday (Nov. 3) at Plaster Sports Complex.
In the last game of the season, Young scored the game-winner in the third minute of overtime. The native of San Diego took a pass across the circle from Laura Tavares (Sr., Oakville, Ontario), and knocked the ball past Ball State goalkeeper Shelby Henley and into the left side of the cage to secure the win for Missouri State (4-12, 1-4 MAC).
The extra period was necessitated in the game's final minute. Facing a 1-0 deficit with the clock winding down below 60 seconds, Ball State (6-12, 1-4 MAC) tied the match when Tori Widrick scored her third goal of the year off a rebound with 22 seconds left in regulation.
The two teams dueled to a scoreless tie through the first 46:49 of the match until MSU freshman Kayleigh Schmitz (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) scored into the right side of the goal - the first tally of her career - to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. Schmitz took advantage of a Bears shot that clanked off the right post, and hit a slap shot past Henley.
With the win, Missouri State tied Ball State for fifth in the conference standings, and quashed any hope the Cardinals had of qualifying for the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Senior goalkeepers Andrea Bain (Victoria, British Columbia) and Katie Mulloy (Antioch, Ill.) combined to notch six saves in seven attempts on senior day. Young also helped out on defense, as she notched a defensive save for the Bears, her team-high fifth of the season.
Missouri State owned the advantage in shots, 16-11 and placed seven shots on goal during its senior day. Ball State had eight shots on goal and posted 13 penalty corners to MSU's seven.