ATHENS, Ohio -- Freshman Megan Silveira (Kitchener, Ontario) made sure her first career goal was a huge one.
Silveira came off the bench to tally the match winner in the 51st minute and push the Ohio University field hockey team (1-3) past in-state rival Ohio State University (1-3), 1-0, on Friday (Sept. 12) under the lights at Pruitt Field as the Bobcats earned their first win of the 2014 season.
"It was amazing," said Silveira of her decisive first career goal. "There was a big scramble in front of the net, and I was just the lucky one to put the touch on. It was completely team to build it up to get to that point, and anyone of us could have put it in. I'm just thrilled that it was me."
The victory marked the second time in four seasons that the Bobcats have prevailed over the Buckeyes, with the last victory coming on Aug. 31, 2011, when Ohio topped then-No. 11-ranked Ohio State, 2-1.
"It was excellent," said 10th-year head coach Neil Macmillan of his squad's effort. "The thing we tried to do differently was defend with all 11. It was effective against their unit. It was a great team effort."
Ohio won in front of 472 spirited fans at Pruitt Field, many of them dressed for the occasion for the team's Bobcat Blackout promotion.
"Everyone was so pumped," said Silveira. "We had the stands packed, we had drums, and everyone just fed off each other. It was an amazing experience to be a part of."
Senior Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) recorded her first shutout of the 2014 season, making four saves in 70 minutes of work.
Freshman Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario) posted a team-high two shots – including one on goal. Sophomore Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) each tallied a shot on goal. Junior Adele Sammons (Upminster, England) also posted a shot.
Neither squad managed to generate much of an offensive attack in the opening 35 minutes of play, with each team posting two shots.
Just under three minutes after the Buckeyes failed to capitalize on the first of six corner opportunities in the second half, Silveira and the Bobcats made Ohio State pay. After Ohio State freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro turned back a shot by Kho, Silveira cashed in on the rebound to give Ohio a 1-0 lead.
From there, it was all Walker and the Bobcat defense, as five more corner chances for Ohio State failed to produce a goal. Walker compiled four saves over the final 19 minutes of action – including two huge stops in the final five minutes off a pair of attempts by Ohio State freshman forward/midfield Maddy Humphrey.
"This week in practice, we really worked on being aggressive," said Walker of the team's defensive effort rising up. "Kind of walking on the field with that attitude of we're not going to let you score. Working on that in practice really brought that fire and energy."
Humphrey led the match with five shots – including two on goal -- while freshman forward Annabel Sams added four shots – including two on goal – for the Buckeyes.
Tamburro made three saves for Ohio State.
Ohio takes aim at its first Mid-American Conference win of the 2014 season on Sunday (Sept. 14) as it battles league newcomer Longwood University. The match is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. ET at Pruitt Field.