Bloomington, Ind. - Ohio Field Hockey fell this afternoon to Louisville, 2-1, in a closely-contested match from the campus of Indiana University. Sophomore Caelyn Hartley scored the lone goal for the Bobcats.
"We started slowly but gained our composure and picked up the tempo as the first half went on," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "We were a little unlucky in the second half because we executed well and produced a bunch of penalty corners. We had a few shots that either grazed or nicked off the post and although I'm upset with the result, I'm happy with the way we competed today."
After Louisville notched the first shot of the game, Taylor Brown had three tries on goal, two which were saved. After defending two consecutive penalty corner chances for the Cardinals, Brown had another chance stymied by the UofL goalkeeper, Erin Conrad.
Ohio's Brittany Walker also stood tall in goal making two critical saves and the Bobcat defense blocked a try before the Cardinals struck on the stroke of halftime.
Elisa Garcia dribbled through traffic and scored just outside the cage to give Louisville a 1-0 lead. At the break, UofL held a 7-4 lead in shots and 7-3 edge in penalty corners. Walker made four of her five saves in the first half for the Green and White
Ohio came out of the intermission and applied pressure immediately with two penalty corners and two more Brown opportunities in the first three minutes. In the 46th minute, Brown was denied twice more by Conrad to keep the score 1-0.
In the 53rd minute, the breakthrough finally occurred when Hartley collected a rebound off a Brown try and scored the equalizer. It was the sophomore's third goal of the season and tied her for second on the team.
Two minutes later, the Cardinals took the lead once more as Paige Monsen dribble through the Ohio defense and gave UofL a 2-1 advantage with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
The reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week Luli Gomez Teruel had her first try trickle wide right after the Cardinal goal and Ohio's last chance in the contest would arrive with two minutes left. Freshman Adele Sammons was denied by Conrad to preserve the win for UofL.
Ohio finished with an 8-2 edge in shots during the second half and 12-8 difference overall. The Bobcats also worked five penalty corner opportunities in the second stanza to even that category at 8-8 for the contest.
Ohio plays undefeated Indiana tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.