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Ohio Posts Back-to-Back Shutouts, Tops St. Louis 1-0

Oct. 2, 2005

Final Stats

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A day after posting its first shutout of the season, the Ohio field hockey team held St. Louis scoreless Sunday and a Torrie Albini goal in the second half lifted the Bobcats to a 1-0 win over the Billikens at the Anheuser-Busch Center.

After a scoreless first half, the Bobcats (5-6 overall, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) struck with the game's lone goal in the 58th minute. Junior Celine McNamara (Lakewood, Ohio) brought the ball down the right side and crossed it towards the Billiken (3-7) goaltender. Amy Wasserman came out of the goal and attempted to deflect the ball, but it slid past her and found the stick of a waiting Albini (Escondido, Calif.) who rattled the cage for her fifth score of the season. Ohio led 1-0 and held on for its fifth victory of 2005.

Goaltender Jennifer Cote (Raynham, Mass.) posted her second shutout in as many days. The senior made three stops between the pipes and upped her career shutout total to 8.5.

The Bobcat defense, headed by Amanda Arnold (Oceanport, N.J.), held St. Louis to just three shots and zero penalty corners. The defense limited Missouri State on Saturday to just seven shots and one penalty corner in a double-overtime victory.

Ohio posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2003 when it ran off three-straight against Ball State, Louisville and Miami.

Arnold took five shots--four on goal--while Rachelle Coetzee (Bloemfontein, South Africa) put all five of her shot attempts on goal. Ohio managed 13 penalty corners--10 in the first half alone.

The Bobcats have now won two in-a-row and four of their last five. Sunday's win was Ohio's second against a non-conference opponent in 2005.

The contest marked the final leg of a six-game road swing for Ohio. The Bobcats finished the road trip 4-2.

Ohio will now return to Athens for five-straight at Peggy Pruitt Field, all in MAC play. Sitting with a half-game lead atop the MAC standings, the Bobcats will welcome second-place squad Central Michigan into Pruitt Field Saturday. The `Cats and Chippewas are set to tangle at 1 p.m.