ATHENS, Ohio - Luli Gomez Teruel scored the game-winner with under four minutes remaining to give Ohio Field Hockey a 2-1 win during a back-and-forth encounter with Robert Morris this afternoon.
"This wasn't our best game," Gomez Teruel said. "We started off well with the goal but didn't keep it up. We played poorly at times and then we had chances in the second half that we just didn't capitalize on. So it was frustrating at times today."
"I'm happy with the result," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "Winning was key, obviously. We just can't leave it until the final four minutes. Other than that we did a nice job on controlling play. We had a lot of corners that we just didn't execute on. That's something that we can get better with through practice."
Goalkeeper Brittany Walker had to be on her toes early, making a save on RMU's Jamie Hartley in the first three minutes. Ohio came right back and scored on its first offensive foray. Jessica Jue delivered a corner to Laura Mastro, who then set up Taylor Brown. The senior rocketed her shot past the RMU goalkeeper for an early 1-0 lead.
The goal was the 35th of Brown's career, tying her for fourth all-time in Ohio history with former assistant coach Ali Johnstone (1998-01).
The next nine minutes belonged to Robert Morris as it worked two penalty-corner opportunities and finally capitalized when Hartley's try was deflected home by Jess Martin-Brown in the 14th minute.
With the score tied 1-1, Ohio turned up the pressure. The Bobcats had five shots and four penalty corners over the final 21 minutes while stifling RMU's attack. However, the game remained even at the break with RMU goalkeeper Erin McKenzie making two big saves on Cathryn Altdoerffer and one on Jessica Jue.
After the intermission, the Bobcats continued to get good looks on goal but McKenzie stood tall to keep the game deadlocked. The RMU goalkeeper made four saves on eight Ohio shots in the first 16 minutes of the second half and her defense stifled five 'Cats penalty corners.
The Colonials got their first shot since the first=period goal in the 52 minute when Walker denied Hartley. Martin-Brown's rebound try was then cleared away on a nice defensive save by Lauryl Desch. Over the next eight minutes, the ball remained in the Bobcat defensive zone as Ohio fended off four shots and two penalty corners.
The Bobcats flipped the field for the final seven minutes and their persistence paid off as Gomez Teruel capitalized on a scrum in front of goal to score the winner. It was the junior's sixth of the season and was set up by Jessica Jue. It was the junior's third assist of the season after setting the single-season mark last year with 18.
Ohio finished the game with an 18-9 edge in shots and 12-5 advantage in penalty corners. Walker finished with four saves while McKenzie had eight for the Colonials.
The Bobcats open MAC play next weekend with a match at Kent State on Friday at 3 p.m. This contest is a rematch of last year's championship contest, won by the Bobcats. Ohio's next home game is next Sunday, Sept. 23 at noon against No. 10 Northwestern.