Bears Nipped by Bobcats in Season Finale, 2-1

Bears Nipped by Bobcats in Season Finale, 2-1

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Oct. 31, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Missouri State field hockey team tied it up in the first half and had an opportunity to force overtime in the final moments, but the Ohio Bobcats held on for a 2-1 Mid-American Conference victory over the Bears on Friday, Oct. 31, at Pruitt Field.

The Bobcats took the first lead of the game in the 27th minute before the Bears created an equalizer six minutes later.

MSU's Dominique Leyva controlled a rebound and found Holly Scherer, who scored her eighth goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 heading into half.

The game remained tied 20 minutes into the second half when the Bobcats were able to capitalize.

Ohio's Clarissa Leickly scored her first goal of the season in the 55th minute, when a deflection found its way to her off a corner to give the Bobcats a 2-1 advantage.

The Bears continued to attack, with both Scherer and Charlie Redhead forcing two saves by Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker within the last four minutes of play. MSU had a final opportunity with no time remaining on the clock to tie it up, as Leah Reitmayer took a penalty corner for the Bears, but a Jackie Eskue shot was blocked by a Bobcat defender to sound the final horn.

Walker finished with five saves for the Bobcats, which improved to 5-9 overall and 4-2 in the conference. Ohio plays a final regular season game against Wake Forest Saturday, before heading to the MAC tournament on Nov. 7-8. Ohio - along with Kent State, Central Michigan and Miami - will battle for the conference championship in Kent, Ohio.

MSU concludes its season 3-15 overall, finishing with a 2-7 record in one-goal games. Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Drew made seven saves for the Bears and completes the season by playing every minute in goal for MSU. Leyva's assist was her first of the season and second of her career. Scherer's first half goal gives her a team-high eight on the season and she finishes the year as the team leader in points (19).

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