Sept. 28, 2013
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – The Ohio University field hockey team (3-5) put together a furious comeback to rally past the Towson Tigers (1-9), 2-1, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Robert Morris’ Joe Walton Stadium.
Ohio trailed 1-0 for much of the first and second halves before freshman Franziska Schmiedel (Mulheim, Germany) notched her crucial first goal of her Ohio career at 66’ to tie the score at one. From there, senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia) continued to come up big, as her third goal in the past four contests gave Ohio the extra session win at 77’. Jue also added an assist on Schmiedel’s goal to post a season-high three points and registered career highs in shots (9) and shots on goal (5).
"We put together an amazing attacking output today," head coach Neil Macmillan said. "Towson's goalkeeper had a good game and prevented us from scoring on numerous occasions. But I really liked the resilience our team showed to fight back after being down the majority of the game."
Schmiedel notched a personal-best six shots in the contest, including two on goal. The Bobcats held a dominant 33-3 edge in shots over the Tigers for the contest and posted 18 penalty corners to Towson’s one. In all, 15 of the ‘Cats 33 shots were on goal in the contest. The +30 shot advantage was the Bobcats’ largest margin since a +31 margin against St. Louis on Sept. 24, 2011.
"In overtime, we dominated play and we benefited from an excellent effort from Jessica getting on the end of a long pass and feeding it past the goalkeeper into the far corner," Macmillan said. "It also was great to see Franzi get on the score sheet. She had a very good, strong strike off a corner and buried it into the bottom left hand corner of the goal."
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) allowed just one goal while making one save in 85 minutes of action in the cage for the Bobcats.
Ohio opened the contest with four shots over the first 14 minutes of action, including two on goal from senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina). But six minutes later, Towson made its first shot count, as Kelly Mattingly notched a score after a save from Walker to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead at 20’.
From there, Ohio posted four more shots on goal in the period but could not put one past Towson goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo. The Tigers took their 1-0 lead into the break.
In the second half, Jue took five penalty corners for Ohio in the first 13 minutes of action, which led to four shots on goal for the ‘Cats, including two from senior Andrea Biegalski (Collegeville, Pa.).
After a flurry of scoring opportunities in the latter portion of the second half, Ohio finally broke through with less than four minutes to play in regulation, as Schmiedel took a pass off the penalty corner from Jue and rifled it past Varacallo for the score.
The ‘Cats then had a goal waved off in the final few minutes of play, sending the contest into overtime. Jue notched the game winner in the seventh minute of the extra session, as the Bobcats generated a key breakaway opportunity that Jue took, then found the back right corner of the cage to clinch the victory for Ohio. It marked Jue’s team-high second game-winning goal of the season.
Ohio is now 3-1 in neutral site contests this season.
The Bobcats wrap up their two-match swing through Western Pennsylvania Sunday at noon with a matchup against host Robert Morris (6-3).