ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team (6-8, 2-1) put together a consistent all-around performance to gain a crucial 1-0 conference victory over rival Miami (8-8, 2-1) Wednesday evening at Pruitt Field.
With the score tied 0-0 at halftime, senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) provided the key offensive play just two minutes into the second half, rifling an unassisted goal into the back of the Miami net to notch her first game-winning goal of the season and second of her Ohio career. Gomez Teruel led Ohio with three shots, including two on goal.
With the win, Ohio improved to 51-18 in league contests since 2006 and 9-6 versus Miami over the past 15 meetings in the "Battle of the Bricks" series.
“Today we played an extremely disciplined game of hockey,” head coach Neil Macmillan said. “We stuck to the game plan we put in place and implemented it well. I was very happy with everyone and the effort our team put forth in making the extra runs and making decisive moves that allowed us to counter attack. I’m glad we put together a great conference win and earned a victory on our new field.”
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) played well for Ohio in the cage while earning her second shutout of the season. Walker also made three saves in a full 70 minutes of action.
Ohio held an 8-6 lead in shots for the contest and split the corners battle with Miami, 3-3.
The Bobcats put together the first strong offensive opportunities early in the first half with a penalty corner and a pair of shots in the seventh and eighth minutes. The remaining 27 minutes of the first half were a defensive struggle, as neither team could muster a shot on goal. Ohio and Miami entered the break tied, 0-0.
Gomez Teruel put the Bobcats on the board in the 37th minute, as she powered through the Miami defense and fired a shot from the top of the circle that zoomed past Miami goalkeeper Sarah Mueller and into the back of the net.
Miami countered with a penalty corner just two minutes later, but Walker made a nice save on a shot from Miami's Ali Froede. The RedHawks again generated a corner in the 55th minute, but again, Walker rejected a Miami shot to keep Ohio in front, 1-0. The Bobcats defended two Miami shots in the 62nd minute, and nearly took a two-goal lead after a shot from junior Kristine Gegas (Worthington, Ohio) was just saved by Mueller.
Miami could not put together another shot opportunity for the remainder of the match and Ohio hung on for the important conference victory.
Ohio now returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a league road matchup against Ball State in Muncie, Ind.