Aug 31, 2013
BOSTON - The Ohio University field hockey team (0-1) dropped a 5-1 contest to No. 16 Boston University (1-0) in the season opener for both squads Saturday at New Balance Field in Boston, Mass.
Senior Katherine Fenzel (Louisville, Ky.) posted the goal for the Bobcats, while senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) and sophomore Adele Sammons (Upminster, England) led Ohio with two shots on goal each.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) played all 70:00 in the cage for Ohio, making seven saves while allowing five goals for a .583 save percentage.
"The final score wasn't quite indicative of how the match was played," head coach Neil Macmillan said. "In the first 10 minutes we really achieved good pressure, but a 20 minute spell late in the first led to three BU goals."
"We played well in the second half and out-shot [5-4] and out-cornered [2-1] BU. I think we did a nice job in overall game play, but our defense was a bit looser than we'd like it to be."
The Bobcats started the match in aggressive fashion, as a penalty corner in the sixth minute from senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia) led to a pair of shots on goal by freshman Franziska Schmiedel (Mulheim, Germany) and redshirt senior Andrea Biegalski (Collegeville, Pa.).
BU responded in the 10th minute, with two shots, followed by a penalty corner. The sequence led to a goal by the Terriers' Katie Bernatchez to give the home team a 1-0 advantage (12:17).
The Terriers threatened again with five shots in the 15th minute, but two saves by Walker helped Ohio keep the deficit at one goal.
After a shot from Sammons in the 17th minute, the Bobcats earned a pair of corners from Jue, but Ohio could not capitalize on two shot opportunities in the sequence. Walker made a pair of clutch saves at 22' and 24', but BU's Amanda Cassera grabbed a loose ball and beat Walker in the 27th minute to increase the Terriers' advantage to 2-0.
Cassera struck again in the 32nd minute, taking advantage of an Ohio yellow card to put a shot past Walker and make it 3-0 in favor of the Terriers.
Ohio began the second half in strong fashion, as a penalty corner from Jue led to a shot from redshirt junior Lauryl Desch (Charlottesville, Va.). Fenzel then grabbed the rebound off the post at 38' and rifled a shot past BU goalkeeper Valentina Cerda to give Ohio its first goal of the season and cut the lead to 3-1.
BU increased its edge back to three (4-1) on a goal from preseason All-Patriot League selection Ysi Schieb at 45', but Walker made another strong save later in the minute to keep Ohio within three scores.
The Bobcats put together a strong offensive surge beginning at 54', with three shots and a penalty corner over a 10 minute span of possession.
However, Cassera connected on her third goal of the match in the 68th minute to give BU its ultimate four-goal advantage (5-1).
Ohio returns to action Sunday (Sept. 1) with a matchup against CAA foe Delaware at BU's New Balance Field.
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