Score: Ohio 0, Miami 3
Records: Ohio (1-6, 0-1 MAC), Miami (3-4, 1-0 MAC)
Location: Athens, Ohio
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (1-6, 0-1 MAC) opened the Mid-American Conference portion of the 2017 season suffering a 3-0 loss at home to Miami (3-4, 1-0 MAC) on a warm, sunny Friday (Sept. 15) afternoon in Athens, Ohio.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both squads played aggressively on both sides of the ball to start the match.
- Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) would attack first for Ohio in the 9th minute, but her shot would go wide.
- Miami would strike first in the 23rd minute on an unassisted goal by Paula Portugal to give the Redhawks an early 1-0 lead.
- The Redhawks would earn a last minute goal at the end of the first period in the 34th minute on a shot by Alexis Nugent on a pass from Paula Portugal to increase Miami's lead to 2-0.
- Miami would win the shot battle in the first half 7-2
- The Redhawks would also win the first half penalty corners 3-1.
- Miami would lead 2-0 going into halftime.
- The second half saw an aggressive Miami squad.
- The Redhawks would shoot quickly at the start of the first half on a shot by Estel Roig in the first minute of the half, but Pennington would block it.
- The Bobcats would earn a penalty corner opportunity in the 53rd minute but Ohio was unable to convert.
- Miami would earn its third point in the 55th minute.
- Portugal would send the ball in from beyond the 25 arch to teammate Nelly Lochmoeller who would then tap the ball in to put the Redhawks up 3-0.
- The Bobcats would earn three more corner opportunities in the 61st, 62nd and 64th minute of the game.
- On the corner opportunity in the 64th minute, Ballard would take the shot, but the Miami keeper would earn her only save on the game.
- Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would make a big play in the 66th minute of the game after the Redhawks earned a penalty stroke.
- Portugal would take the shot for Miami, but Pennington would block the attempt, keeping the Redhawk lead at 3-0.
- Miami would win the shot battle, adding seven shots in the second period for a total of 14 shots on the game compared to Ohio's two in the second half and four on the day.
- Miami would also take the penalty corner battle 6-5.
- Ballard recorded three shots for the Bobcats while Karyenne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) recorded one.
- Pennington would record three saves, allowing three in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Redhawks are now leading the all-time series with Ohio 40-34.
"I thought we played much better than we have been. We moved the ball well and the play between the two 25s was good. In the attacking area and the defense, we didn't do as good of a job as we needed to. There were a couple of silly mistakes that led to those two goals and then we just didn't do enough attacking wise." – Head coach Neil Macmillian
"We did more in portions of the game, but we didn't have high energy the whole time so I think that let us down. I think we controlled the ball a little bit better across our attacking 25, so we had more chances on goal, but we still couldn't really put any in the back of the net which is frustrating. I think we grew a lot in the past week. We're definitely making improvements, we definitely need to make a lot more if we want to start winning. But I think we're doing a lot better than we were doing at the beginning of the season." - Junior Emma Eggleston
Ohio continues the home portion of the 2017 season when they host in-state rival, Ohio State on Sunday (Sept. 17) at 1 p.m. at Pruitt Field.