Sept. 6, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The No. 17 Louisville Cardinals' attack was too much for the No. 20 Ohio Bobcats (1-3) to overcome, as the Ohio field hockey team fell 4-1 Saturday afternoon in their first road contest of the season. The Bobcats have lost their last three games, two to ranked opponents, after a season-opening win over Georgetown.
"It was an interesting game," Ohio head coach Neil Macmillan said. "In the first half we were only down 2-1. In the second half, we let them have too many opportunities, and although we had periods of play that were nice, it wasn't enough to get it done."
Louisville (2-1) jumped out to a fast start, firing the first three shots of the game. Junior Kayla May scored 11:30 into the match, to put Louisville on top. Sophomore Nicole Youman passed the ball to May from the top of the circle, and May put the ball into the upper left corner of the cage for the 1-0 Cardinal lead.
Just over four minutes later, Louisville struck again to push the lead to 2-0, as sophomore Tuli Lim dribbled past Ohio senior goalie Jessie Martin (Louisville, Ky.) to put the ball in the net. The Cardinals were outshooting Ohio 9-1 25 minutes into the game, but the Bobcats righted the ship, as junior Taylor Anderson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored her first goal of the season and the second of her career on a rebound from a shot by junior Marcy Dull (Ephrata, Pa.) off a penalty corner.
"We were working on our positioning and Taylor put it in for an open goal," Macmillan said of Ohio's lone goal. "It was well executed and a good transition of something we've worked on in practice that was carried over into game play."
Louisville would maintain their 2-1 lead at halftime, while also holding a 10-4 advantage in shots and 4-2 advantage in penalty corners. Martin had five saves in the first half for the Bobcats.
The 17th-ranked Cardinals would strike quickly in the second half as well, scoring a pair of goals in the first 18 minutes of the second frame for the 4-1 final. May notched her second goal of the game, while Youman tallied her third point of the game, on a goal assisted by sophomore Karah Nall.
Louisville outshot the Bobcats 6-1 in the second half and 16-5 for the game. The Cardinals also held a 5-4 advantage on penalty corners.
Martin ended with seven saves for Ohio, while Louisville junior keeper Heather Bustanoby finished with three saves. Freshman Jen McGill (Louisville, Ky.) saw her first collegiate action, playing three minutes in goal for the Bobcats.
Dull paced the Bobcats with three shots, two of which were on goal, while Anderson had the other two Ohio shots. Youman and Lim each had five shots to lead Louisville, while both had three on goal as well.
"We have a week off. It will be a good chance for us to regroup," Macmillan said. "We'll look at the film and make some changes that will benefit us. We did a lot of nice stuff, but we need to do that throughout the whole game."
Ohio returns to action Saturday, Sept. 13 as they take on Indiana in Winston-Salem, N.C. on the campus of Wake Forest University. Game time is set for 3 p.m. ET.