Sep 7, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Ohio University field hockey team (1-2) picked up its first win of the season Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the College of William & Mary (2-2) at the University of Louisville’s Trager Stadium.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) starred for the Bobcats in the cage, allowing just one goal while making three saves in all 70 minutes of action.
While Walker and Ohio's defenders were dazzling on their end of the field, the ‘Cats offense was buttressed by a first-half goal from senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) and the game-winning score by redshirt junior Lauryl Desch (Charlottesville, Va.).
Ohio posted seven shots to William & Mary’s eight and earned four penalty corners in the contest. The Bobcats out-shot the Tribe in the second half, 4-3.
The Bobcats could not score on their first corner of the match (7:50), but found the back of the cage just three minutes later as Gomez Teruel took a pass from Louisville native Katherine Fenzel and rifled it into the upper right quadrant of the cage.
Junior Caelyn Hartley (Escondido, Calif.) almost converted on a scoring opportunity in the 17th minute, but the shot was saved by Tribe goalkeeper Cate Johnson. After a save from Ohio’s Walker at 20’, William & Mary posted an equalizing goal in the 21st minute when Olivia Hajek found the back of the cage.
Neither team could find many offensive chances in the final 14 minutes of the first half and the two teams entered intermission tied at one.
The Bobcats earned a corner at the 40-minute mark which led to a shot attempt from another Louisville native, senior Riley Higgins.
After the ‘Cats prevented the Tribe from scoring on two corners (46’, 52’), the Bobcats converted in the 58th minute. After a penalty corner taken by senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia), Desch fired a shot that was saved by Tribe goaltender Meredith Savage. Desch then took the rebound and beat Savage on her second attempt to give Ohio the lead once again (2-1).
The Bobcats stifled William & Mary on two more corner attempts in the 59th and 67th minutes and the Tribe could not put together another offensive opportunity for the remainder of the match.
Ohio wraps up its two-match event in Louisville with a contest against the host Cardinals Sunday at 1 p.m.