Score: Ohio 1, VCU 2
Records: Ohio (1-5, 0-0 MAC), VCU (4-1, 0-0 A10)
Location: Athens, Ohio
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (1-5, 0-0 MAC) continued the 2017 season suffering a 2-1 loss at home to VCU (4-1, 0-0 A10) on a warm, sunny Sunday (Sept. 10) afternoon in Athens, Ohio.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both squads played aggressive on both sides of the ball to start the match.
- VCU would record three shots in the first 10 minutes.
- Ohio would respond with an attack in the 17th minute on a shot by Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) but it would go wide.
- The Rams would strike first at the end of the first period on a goal by Emily McNamara on an assist from Spencer Tossone and Natalie Bohmke in the 29th minute.
- VCU would win the shot battle in the first half 7-1
- The rams would also win the first half penalty corners 5-1.
- VCU would lead 1-0 going into halftime.
- The second half started off with both teams eager to score.
- The Bobcats would take a scoring opportunity first in the 37th minute after Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) would steal the ball and dribble it down to the goal before the VCU keeper would slide in front of her to give Ohio a penalty stroke opportunity
- Ballard would shoot the stroke for Ohio and fired it into the goal past the Rams' keeper to tie it up at 1-1 early in the second half.
- The remainder of the game would go back and forth between both squads.
- Ohio was resilient on defense while facing the Rams' offensive efforts.
- It wasn't until the 59th minute, on a shot by Colleen Rogers that the Rams would score again, to take the 2-1 lead.
- The Bobcats would earn a penalty corner in the final minutes of the game.
- Ballard would take the shot, but it would go wide, resulting in a VCU victory.
- The Rams would win the shot battle, adding six shots in the second period for a total of 11 shots on the game compared to Ohio's two in the second half and three on the day.
- VCU would also take the penalty corner battle 13-2.
- Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would record five saves, allowing three in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Bobcats are now 4-3 with VCU.
- Neil Macmillan now has an all-time record of 125-118. 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.
"We played a little better today I think. Our understanding of what we were trying to do changed from yesterday, but it was definitely an improvement. I think the attitude was better overall and we did a better job of coming in ready to go. They did a very good job, in the first few minutes, of putting us under pressure, but once we had survived that we started to build and then played much better throughout the game." – Head coach Neil Macmillian
Ohio continues the home portion of the 2017 season when they host MAC-foe Miami (Ohio) on Friday (Sept. 15) at 3 p.m. at Pruitt Field.