Oct. 26, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team (6-9, 2-2) dropped a 1-0 contest at Ball State (6-10, 1-3) Saturday afternoon at Briner Sports Complex in the ‘Cats penultimate match of the regular season.
Ohio held impressive advantages in shots (19-6), shots on goal (12-3) and corners (11-3), but could not put the ball into the back of the cage. Bolstered by a 12-save performance from the Cardinals’ Shelby Henley, Ball State scored in the 59th minute to escape with the victory in Muncie.
"We were statistically dominant today but that did not translate into a successful outcome," head coach Neil Macmillan said. "I think everyone would admit we had some failings as a team in getting the job done both on the attacking and defensive ends."
Senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) led Ohio with a season-high seven shots, including five on goal. Fellow senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia) also played aggressively on the offensive end with five shots, three of which were on goal.
In the cage, junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) made three saves while allowing just one goal in 70 minutes of action.
"I’m very happy with how we played defensively, limiting Ball State to six shots," Macmillan said. "I also liked how we created up front. But we weren’t a team that had the edge to score and finish."
Ohio put together a furious offensive rally right out of the gate, as the Jue and freshman Franziska Schmiedel (Mulheim, Germany) put three shots on goal in the match’s opening 10 minutes. Jue then took a penalty corner in the 17th minute and fired a subsequent shot that went off the post.
Jue again notched a well-placed shot at 27’ that was stopped by a BSU defensive save. Neither team could score from there, sending the two teams into the half tied at zero. Ohio again came out aggressively in the second half, as Gomez Teruel and Jue put three shots on goal in the stanza’s opening four minutes.
Walker then made a save at 49’ to keep the game tied, but BSU’s Bianca Velez beat Ohio’s junior goalkeeper in the 59th minute to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with a little more than 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
Ohio did all they could to post the equalizer in the match’s final five minutes, with three shots on goal during the final stretch. But Henley deflected all three and Ball State hung on for the home victory.
The Bobcats wrap up the 2013 regular season with a 1 p.m. matchup against Kent State Saturday (Nov. 2) at 1 p.m. at Pruitt Field.