Senior Jessica Jue scored the winner in the second overtime to push Ohio past Kent State.
Nov. 2, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio - Senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia) scored the game-winning goal with 12:44 remaining in the second overtime as the Ohio University field hockey team (7-9, 3-2 MAC) rallied to knock off Mid-American Conference rival Kent State University (8-9, 4-1 MAC), 3-2, on Senior Day Saturday at Pruitt Field.
With the win over the first-place Flashes, the Bobcats clinched a spot in the 2013 MAC Tournament, scheduled for next weekend (Nov. 8-9) in Oxford, Ohio.
Ohio held a 20-11 edge in shots for the match, including a commanding 11-5 advantage in the second half. Ohio also won the penalty corner battle (12-8), including a crucial opportunity in the second overtime.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) played all 87:16 in the cage for the 'Cats and made seven saves while allowing just two goals.
Trailing 2-1, at the end of regulation, Ohio received a corner opportunity with time expiring. The Bobcats took advantage, tying the match courtesy of a goal off a rebound by redshirt junior Lauryl Desch (Charlottesville, Va.), who scored her second of the year.
Ohio could not capitalize on a penalty stroke opportunity at the end of the first overtime period, but Jue provided the winning margin for the Bobcats in the second, tallying her sixth goal of the season. Fellow senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) provided the assist on Desch's goal in a fitting end to the game established to honor the team's senior class.
Kent got on the board first in the contest just eight minutes into the game, but Ohio answered seven minutes later with a strong goal by freshman Franziska Schmiedel (Mulheim, Germany). The Flashes then scored with five minutes left in the first half to take a 2-1 lead, which the team held until Desch's goal sent the match into overtime.
Ohio now unofficially claims the No. 2 seed in the MAC Championship and will play host and No. 3 seed Miami on Friday. Stay tuned for confirmation in the coming days.