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Ohio Field Hockey Defeats Central Michigan 3-1

Ohio Field Hockey Defeats Central Michigan 3-1

ATHENS, Ohio—After an impressive display of offense, the Ohio field hockey team (4-4, 2-0) defeated the Central Michigan (1-11, 0-2) 3-1.

The Bobcats pulled ahead early with sophomore midfielder Jillian Shive (Lebanon, Ohio) scoring in the eighth minute of the game with an assist from Tayla Hansen (Levin, New Zealand).

For the majority of the first half, the Bobcats kept the ball near the Chippewas' goal, taking 15 shots in comparison to Central Michigan's two. With three penalty corners in 10 minutes, the Bobcats were putting pressure on the Chippewas' defense.

"Part of our game plan was composure and possession and just trying to keep the ball as much as possible," said head coach Ali Johnstone. "I preach possession because obviously if you have possession, the other team has less chances to score, but today I think we had really good vision. We looked for the passes before we received it and we were able to find each other a little bit better and find the holes so we could run onto the ball."  

This pressure paid off. In the 20th minute, Ohio scored again. This time, junior forward Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) took the shot and sophomore defender Claire Buckey (Powell, Ohio) assisted.

In the second half, Central Michigan's defense regrouped, cutting down Ohio's shots to three in the remaining 35 minutes. In the 65th minute during a corner, Central Michigan's sophomore midfielder Callie Quinn scores for the Chippewas. 

Ohio fought back immediately, two penalty corners less than two minutes after the Chippewas. A hard shot from sophomore defender Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand) marked her first collegiate goal and put Ohio ahead 3-1 with less than four minutes remaining in the game.   

"It's a team game and everyone has a part in scoring the goals, whether you're in the back field or the front field," said Warren. "PCs [penalty corners] are certainly plays that we really work on in practice, so to be able to execute those in games is really exciting." 

Up next, Ohio hits the road and heads to Philadelphia to take on Drexel on Sunday, September 30 before resuming MAC play on Friday, October 5 against Ball State.

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