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The Ohio University Field Hockey team talks strategy during a home game against Missouri State at Pruitt Field on October 7. "MICHAEL JOHNSON | FOR THE POST"

Field Hockey: Ohio loses to Miami, will miss MAC Tournament for first time since 1989

A 6-0 loss against Miami was not the worst part of Saturday for Ohio.

The Bobcats found out they will miss the Mid-American Conference tournament for the first time since 1989.

The Redhawks (11-7, 5-1 MAC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead within 6 1/2 minutes thanks to goals by Carla Romagosa and Paula Portugal, with Geagy Pritchard adding a third in the 30th minute off an assist from Portugal.

Ohio (6-11, 3-3 MAC) forced three saves out of Miami goalkeeper Alysa Xavier in the first half off seven shots but was unable to have a shot on goal in the second half despite five shots.

Ohio has scored from penalty corners all season but did not take advantage of its five corners, the same number Miami had.

A common problem for Ohio in its past few games has been allowing a large number of shots by opponents, and this time it was no different with 21 shots for Miami with 15 being on goal.

Romagosa, Portugal and Pritchard each added their second goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to expand the Redhawks' lead to six and end any thought of a Bobcat comeback.

Despite the loss, Ohio could still have made the tournament if Missouri State had beaten Longwood.

Longwood won 3-0, which ended Ohio’s postseason chances.

Ohio ended the season and conference play tied with Ball State and Longwood in third place with 3-3 records but lost out on a tournament spot due to goal differential in games played between the three teams.


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