ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey dropped a nail-biter this afternoon to No. 20 Michigan State, 1-0, in overtime at Pruitt Field. It was the fourth one-goal game the Bobcats have played this season against a Big Ten opponent and third one-goal game against a top-20 foe.
"Obviously a disappointing result today and we held them without a shot during the second half except for those final five minutes," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "It just proves that we are a fighting team and won't ever give up in a game."
Michigan State came out of the gate and took it to the Bobcats in the first 15 minutes, but only mustered two shots, one on goal. Ohio's controlled the tempo for the final 20 minutes of the first half, with its best chances coming off corners.
Cathryn Altdoerffer, yesterday's standout, was denied by MSU goalkeeper Molly Cassidy, as was Taylor Brown. A back-and-forth first half saw a lot of action in the midfield with neither team really peppering the other's goalkeeper.
Ohio had some more chances in the second half with Laura Mastro creating the first good try against the Spartans. Adele Sammons had one just go wide off a penalty corner and Jessica Jue took a return pass of a corner that trickled just by the cage.
Late in the contest, Luli Gomez Teruel got her stick down on a shot from outside the "D". Her deflection barely scraped over the top of the cage to keep the game scoreless.
The final six minutes of regulation belonged to the Spartans as the visitors earned four penalty corners and had a handful of chances. However, the Ohio defense forced the MSU chances to go awry and walker made a big save on Becky Stiles to send the game to overtime.
MSU stayed on the offensive into overtime as Walker made an amazing point-blank save on Heather Howie to start things off. However, Allie Ahern would finally score the game's first goal in the 74th minute, giving MSU the win.
"We held them to two shots in the first half and they didn't get after us until late in the second with those four-straight corners," Macmillan added. "Brittany made some big saves, including that one to start overtime and I thought our defense was resolute. Our forwards tracked back well defensively along with attacking their defenders on offense. Unfortunately, we were not able to finish."
Ohio will honor its seniors prior to its final home game next weekend against Missouri State. The MAC contest is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday.