Score: Ohio 2, Central Michigan 0
Records: Ohio (3-8, 1-2 MAC), Central Michigan (0-10, 0-2 MAC)
Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Short Story: On two goals from Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio), the Ohio field hockey team (3-8, 1-2 MAC) posted a 2-0 shutout over MAC opponent Central Michigan (0-10, 0-2 MAC) on Saturday (Sept. 30).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ohio would come out on the attack to start the game.
- Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) would take her first shot in the fourth minute before tallying six shots total in the first half.
- The Bobcats would find themselves around the attacking 25 for the majority of the first half, not allowing the Chippewas a single shot in the first half.
- The Bobcats would record five corner opportunities in the first half.
- Ohio would get on the board on its third corner opportunity on a send-in by Ballard to the edge of the goal line where Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) would tap the ball in to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the first half.
- Ohio would record nine shots total in the first half and four shots on goal.
- Pennington would record her first stop in the second half.
- The second half would start with an aggressive Bobcat offense.
- Russell would find herself in the circle once again, tapping the ball into the goal in the 45th minute on another send-in by Ballard from outside the circle to put the Bobcats up 2-0 in the second half.
- Samara Schratz (McMurray, Pa.) would look to attack shortly after Russell's goal in the 46th minute on back-to-back shot attempts, but the CMU keeper would record a stop and the second ball would go high
- The Chippewas would call a timeout in the 53rd minute.
- Central Michigan would come out of the timeout looking to score, recording two shot attempts and its first penalty corner of the game.
- CMU would earn two penalty corner opportunities in the final few minutes of the game in an attempt to get on the board.
- Pennington would make a big stop on the first of the two corners, keeping Ohio's lead at 2-0.
- The second CMU shot attempt would go high, giving Ohio the 2-0 victory.
- As a team, the Bobcats recorded 14 shots on the day along with six shots on goal.
- Central Michigan would tally five shots on the game and three shots on goal.
- Ballard would lead the way for Ohio with six shots on the day and one assists as well as two shots on goal.
- Russell tallied three shots on the day along with two goals.
- Schratz would record two shots on the day with one on goal.
- Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand) would record one shot and one shot on goal on the game while Claire Buckey (Powell, Ohio) added one shot.
- Pennington would record three saves on the game, allowing no goals in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats now lead the all-time series with Central Michigan, 42-25.
"Much better performance today. I'm really proud to see what we've been working on coming to fruition. I'm very happy with our passing, especially in the back field. Three of them back there are freshmen, Claire, Leah and Annmarie, and their combinations and their movement with the ball was outstanding today. The trust they had in each other and the confiedence they had in their passing was a real key for us moving the ball down the field. Megan and Gabby's combinations on the outside were excellent, we had really good passing play and movement without to create overlapping runs and did a really good job of passing the ball into various attacking areas. Maria was outstanding today, she had great finishes. It's something we've been working on recently, Maria put herself in a great position to touch the ball and put it in. Overall, it was a really good performance and I'm happy with how we restricted them in the first half and the second half they showed their energy and did a really good job of putting pressure on us, but we were able to kill their game and we did a good job of finishing it off in the last five minutes." - Head coach Neil Macmillian.
"It was pretty good to get up in there and score some goals. Overall, we performed and we showed up today. It was fun out there playing and we all put great effort out on the field." - Maria Russell
Ohio continues MAC-play when it hosts Longwood for a homecoming weekend matchup on Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. The Bobcats will then travel to Indiana on Sunday for a battle with the Hoosiers at 2 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.