OXFORD, Ohio - The Central Michigan field hockey team ended its regular season in a double overtime loss to Mid-American Conference foe Miami Saturday afternoon, 2-1.
Miami's Ali Freode worked in from the right side and blasted a shot from the top of the circle to take the victory at the 97:29 mark in double overtime.
In the beginning of overtime, the Red Hawks (9-9, 3-2 MAC) had six shots on goal in three minutes but Sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds made five crucial saves to add to her career-high 17 saves of the contest.
"It was a tough loss and two very good team battled through double overtime," head coach Cristy Freese said, "We have some key saves by Sadie and goalline save by Simone but we couldn't convert on offense."
The Chippewas (6-11, 3-2 MAC) responded off a corner from junior back Jordyn Brengosz at the 77:30 mark but senior forward Bailey McKeon's shot went wide. The Maroon and Gold attempted to score the game winner at the 82nd minute in the first OT but couldn't convert off senior back Abby Roth's shot.
After a scoreless first period, Miami took the lead at the 44th minute when Emily Gruesser chipped in a shot off a pass from Valentina Neiva off the right side.
"When Miami scored, I think we could feel the pressure which shook us up mentally," Freese said, "We played well and had some late corner opportunities but couldn't convert to take the lead."
The RedHawks attemped to further its lead with three more shots on goal before CMU converted at the 50:45 mark of the second period. Brengosz found the back of the cage off a pass from McKeon.
CMU will be back in action at the MAC Tournament in Oxford, Ohio starting Friday, November 8.