Score: Ohio 1, VCU 3
Records: Ohio (1-4, 0-0 MAC), VCU (3-1, 0-0 A10)
Location: Athens, Ohio
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (1-4, 0-0 MAC) continued the 2017 season suffering a 3-1 loss at home to VCU (3-1, 0-0 A10) on a warm Saturday (Sept. 9) afternoon in Athens, Ohio.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both squads played aggressive on both sides of the ball to start the match.
- It wasn't until the 18th minute on a shot by VCU's Emily McNamara that the Rams would strike first
- Ohio was quick to respond with a shot attempt by Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) but the ball would go wide.
- Ohio would record one shot in the first half while VCU tallied five.
- The Rams would also win the corner battle, 1-4 in the first half.
- The second half would start with an aggressive Bobcat offense.
- The Bobcats would get on the board in the 46th minute on an unassisted goal by Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) to tie up the game.
- The Rams would respond in the 59th minute on an unassisted goal by Svea Sturm to give VCU a 2-1 lead in the second half.
- The Bobcats remained aggressive on the offensive end, recording two more shot attempts in the period.
- The Rams would solidify the win in the 62nd minute on a goal by Spencer Tossone to give VCU the 3-1 victory.
- VCU would win the second half shot battle 8-3, as well as the penalty corner for the second half, recording three.
- The Rams recorded 13 total shots on the day while Ohio recorded 4.
- VCU would also secure 7 penalty corners compared to Ohio's 1 on the game.
- Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would record six saves on the game while allowing three goals in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Bobcats are now 4-2 with VCU.
- Neil Macmillan now has an all-time record of 125-117. He is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey and has notched his place in the record books as the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history.
"It was a little off today for whatever reason, it wasn't quite where we wanted to be. The game was flat, it wasn't necessarily the preparation but I think the playing just wasn't on point. We need to do what we planned, we showed at times how successful we can be when we do, but it was minimal and wasn't throughout the game. We had the game plan and the right ideas going in, but we didn't execute." – Head coach Neil Macmillian
"I think we just didn't execute our game plan well, and I think we made some adjustments in the second half, but it can be better and we can move forward from there. I think it's a good opportunity for us to look at the film and see what could have been done and then make adjustments against the same team and see how we can improve. I think we can grow a lot from this." - Junior Kendall Ballard
Ohio continues the home portion of the 2017 season with a game two in the series with Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday (Sept. 10) at 1 p.m. at Pruitt Field.