Misko Nets Overtime Goal to Send Bucknell Field Hockey to 2-1 Win Over Central Michigan
Sept. 10, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Kate Bowen (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) scored her first career goal to even the score, and Rachel Misko (Morristown, N.J./Madison) tallied the game winner to push Bucknell field hockey past Central Michigan 2-1 in overtime on Saturday morning at Ocker Field. Misko's tip-in 2:24 into overtime gave the Bison (1-3) their first victory of the season.
Central Michigan (2-2) took an early lead, getting a goal from Cayleigh Immelmann less than four minutes into the game off a penalty corner. Although the Chippewas continued to control play for some time, the Bison found their rhythm late in the first half and began to make offensive inroads.
The momentum Bucknell built up in the final 10 minutes of the first half carried directly into the second. The Bison got off three early shots, and it was the fourth that finally paid off as Bowen tipped in a rebound in the 43rd minute. The first points of her career, Bowen's goal came on just her second-ever shot.
The Bison continued their push on the offensive end, tallying three penalty corners and three shots. Two of those scoring attempts came from Misko, who narrowly missed the game-winning goal after hitting the post just minutes after Bowen scored.
The sophomore didn't miss later, however. As the battle headed into overtime, Mallory Smith (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) had her shot blocked. Misko was there to clean up, and tipped the ball in the net less than three minutes into the extra period.
Misko's late heroics were made possible in part by a strong Bucknell defense. After allowing the early goal, the Bison allowed just two more shots in the first half and four in the second half to keep the Chippewas at bay. Central Michigan did not record a shot in overtime. By the end of the game, Bucknell had outshot its opponent 13-7 and had recorded seven penalty corners, compared to four for Central Michigan.
Bison goalkeeper Erica Perrine (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) made two saves, one in each half, to secure her first career win. Freshman Amie Pritchard (Rumson, N.J./The Kent School (Conn.)) also recorded a huge defensive save with less than five minutes remaining in the second half to help keep Bucknell's hopes alive.
Anastasia Netto (2-2) took the loss in goal for Central Michigan after making five saves and allowing both goals.
"I was extremely proud of our team for handling being down a goal and coming back, as well as for shaking off the long bus ride and chaotic last week in Lewisburg," said head coach Jeremy Cook after the game. About a third of his team had been displaced by flooding in the area before the Bison made the trip to Michigan.
Bucknell will continue to test itself on the road tomorrow when it takes on No. 14 Michigan at 1 p.m. at Ocker Field. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Bison and defending Big Ten champions.