ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey put forth a spirited second-half effort but was defeated by No. 10 Northwestern this afternoon, 2-1. Adele Sammons scored her first goal as a Bobcat but the team fell in its sixth straight one-goal game.
"I thought we fought hard and played really well during the first 20 minutes of the second half," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said."Our adjustments at halftime seemed to work and i was pleased to see Adele get on the score sheet. They're a top-10 team for a reason and we saw glimpses today of what we could be if we continue to work hard and persevere."
Northwestern scored in the ninth minute when Chelsea Armstrong scored her 16th goal of the season off a pass from Tara Puffenberger. Though the majority of the play during the first half was in Ohio's defensive end, Brittany Walker's four saves kept the deficit at only one goal.
The Wildcats finished with four penalty corners and six shots during the first 35 minutes, while the defense muted the Bobcat attack.
Ohio was a different team in the second half, taking the game to NU. The Bobcats earned their first penalty corner five minutes into the half and Cathryn Altdeorffer had a try go wide. Luli Gomez Teruel had a try chipped high in the 46th minute and Ohio had something brewing.
The Green and White would earn itself a penalty corner during the same offensive possession and Sammons capitalized to score the equalizer. Jessica Jue was credited with her fourth assist of the season after sending the corner try into play. It was her fourth of the season, second-most on the team.
Ohio earned itself three more penalty corners during a six-minute span as Sammons had a try blocked and Altdoerffer went wide with another effort.
The Bobcats were unfortunate to go a player down due to a green card and the Wildcats pounced as Caroline Tronceliiti scored her fifth goal of the season off a pass from Kaylee Pohlmeyer.
The last good look at goal for Ohio came in the 67th minute as it earned its sixth penalty corner of the half. Taylor Brown wound up for a try at goal but a NU defender got in the way and blocked the attempt. The Bobcats all six of their corners in the second half and limited Northwestern to one attempt.
Ohio is back at it again on Friday, Spt. 28 when it travels to Philadelphia for a contest at St. Joseph's. Start time is slated for 3 p.m.