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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Head Coach Neil Macmillan and the Bobcats improve to 2-1 on the season after defeating 13th-ranked Ohio State on Sunday
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Head Coach Neil Macmillan and the Bobcats improve to 2-1 on the season after defeating 13th-ranked Ohio State on Sunday
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Sept. 2, 2007

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio field hockey team earned its second win over a ranked opponent this season with a 4-2 victory over No. 13 Ohio State Sunday afternoon in Columbus. Ohio improves to 2-1 on the season, while Ohio State falls to 2-2.

Ohio kicked off the season last weekend with a 2-1 win over No. 4 Duke.

Torrie Albini (Escondido, Calif.), Marcy Dull (Ephrata, Pa.), and sisters Estienne and Rachelle Coetzee (Bloemfontein, South Africa) each notched goals for the Bobcats, who out-shot and out-cornered the Buckeyes 8-6 and 5-3, respectively.

"Our cornering was fantastic," said Head Coach Neil Macmillan. "Three of our goals came on short corners and that's a very strong area for us right now. We scored three out of five, which is a very high percentage, so I'm really happy with our execution."

Jessie Martin (Louisville, Ky.) made two saves in goal for the Bobcats, while Lindsay Quintiliani stopped four shots for the Buckeyes.

Rachelle Coetzee started Ohio off on the right foot, scoring 2:01 into the game on an unassisted goal. Albini followed with a goal at 33:06 to put the `Cats up 2-0 going into the half. Ohio totaled five shots in the first half and held the Buckeyes to only one shot.

"Our first half was pretty flawless," said Macmillan. "We moved the ball very well and didn't really give them any shooting opportunities. We played a little frantic in the second half and weren't as composed as we needed to be. Ohio State put a ton of pressure on us; however, we managed to dig out a couple of corner goals and execute on our opportunities very well."

Estienne Coetzee added to Ohio's lead at the 50:36 mark in the second half. Coetzee fired a shot off a Bobcat penalty corner, giving the Bobcats a 3-0 advantage.

The Buckeyes got on the board for the first time at 53:42 when Emily Mikac scored on a 2-on-1 breakaway. The Bobcats responded with a goal at 56:04. Dull scored on a loose ball off the left side of the goal to give Ohio a commanding 4-1 lead en route to victory.

Linda Haussener scored at 63:46 to give the Buckeyes their second goal of the game.

Ohio will host its first home game of the season against Robert Morris at 7 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 4.