Field Hockey falls to Northwestern in overtime battle
The Missouri State field hockey team was defeated by the Northwestern Wildcats 3-2 in overtime this afternoon in Evanston, Ill. The Bears' fall to 0-2 on the season while Northwestern improves to 2-1.
"We played really well," said Bear's head coach Dawn Porter. "It is just a tough loss to take."
Junior Melissa Millin scored the first goal for the Bears on a penalty corner in the 29th minute of the first half. Northwestern tied the score going into half-time on a shot by Alison Bullock. Senior Melissa Behr scored the second Bear goal at 46:31, also a penalty corner, in the second half to respond to the Wildcats' quick goal in the first 15 seconds by Courtney Plaster. Northwestern won the game on a shot in the seventh minute of overtime by Annie Bosslet, assisted by Cassie Miller.
Both Behr and Millin recorded their first goals of the season. Goalkeeper Kim Kinsella collected the loss even though she had 24 saves against the Wildcats.
"We dominated in the first minutes of the opening half," said Porter. "After half, Northwestern scored right off the bat but, we were able to answer with a goal of our own."
The Bears' next game is on Sept. 2 in Evanston, Ill., against Maine, scheduled to start at 1 p.m. A rematch against Saint Louis is scheduled for the Bears' home opener at Plaster Field on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.