Aug. 29, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -
The Ohio Field Hockey team played their second game of the year this afternoon, losing a very competitive overtime contest against the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 3-2.
Northwestern started off the action with a Courtney Plaster shot on goal just over a minute into the match. Jen McGill (Louisville, Ky.) was in net for the Bobcats and made the save. An attempt by Chelsea Armstrong whizzed wide of the goal in the eighth minute for the Wildcats' second shot of the day.
The Wildcats kept up the pressure and in the 9th minute they found the back of the net via a Chelsea Armstrong shot. The goal was her first of the season and was assisted by Stacy Uchida. The shot was taken from the left side of the circle, just off of a penalty corner.
Ohio equalized with fifteen minutes to go in the first half. A shot by Marcy Dull (Ephrata, Pa.) proved too much for goalkeeper Amanda Wirth and found its way into the back of the net. This tally was Dull's first of the year and was also the Bobcats' first goal of the young season.
"Marcy's goal was a fantastic individual effort," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "She took it past a couple of players and created some space for herself at the top of the D."
Northwestern almost went back ahead just moments later after a penalty corner resulted in Armstrong being momentarily alone facing the goal. She fired her fifth shot of the day high and over the net. She had one more chance in the waning moments of the first half but her shot was blocked by the solid Bobcat defense.
Armstrong was at it again early on in the second half, adding another shot to her total. Her seventh shot of the game was blocked by the Bobcat defense four minutes into the second half. In a span of three minutes Plaster, Elizabeth Dobbs, Anderson and Courtney Coburn of Northwestern attacked the Ohio defense with four shots, three of which were on goal. Ohio's McGill was equal to each shot, making three saves in this short time span to keep the scores level.
"Jen made some fantastic saves today," said Macmillan. "She had one in particular that was just unbelievable. It's nice when you've got confidence in net like that."
The Wildcats were able to break the deadlock with only 13 minutes left in the contest on a shot by Dobbs. The goal was her first of the season and was truly a well-earned one, as she followed her own rebound and knocked it in on the far post.
Ohio really turned up the heat in the final minutes of the match, with freshman Cathryn Altdoerffer (Conestoga, Pa.) firing a shot on goal in the 65th minute. A penalty corner and more Bobcat pressure soon led to another equalizer in the form of a Katherine Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) goal with only four minutes left in the match. The shot was taken from the top of the circle following the penalty corner and was assisted by the aforementioned Altdoerffer and also by Katelyn Shelley (Ephrata, Pa.).
"It was a drag-flick off the corner that was hammered low and hard," said Macmillan. "That was something she had been working on and in game two it's already paying dividends, so that was excellent."
With just two minutes left in regulation, a Northwestern shot by Dobbs was saved by Brittany Zorn's (Millersville, Md.) clutch defensive play. It was her second defensive save in as many contests. Thanks to a tremendous effort by the Ohio side, the game remained deadlocked at the end of regulation.
Early in the overtime period Ohio's Dull fired a shot on net that Wirth was able to save. This was matched just a moment later with Armstrong's eighth shot on the day. McGill was equal to the task yet again for the Bobcats, making her eighth save of the game. Seconds later, however, the Wildcats dealt the decisive blow as Plaster was able to knock home the rebound from Armstrong's shot for the final tally of the day.
"I thought we were very resilient. With 15 minutes to go and going down at the end...fighting our way back twice was very impressive. Our effort at the end of the half was great," said Macmillan.
Ohio's next game is on September 4 against Indiana, in Athens, Oh. Game time is set for 6 pm.