BOSTON, Mass. ? Freshman Estienne Coetzee scored a pair of goals in her first collegiate game, but the Northeastern offense was too much for the Ohio field hockey team Saturday, knocking off the Bobcats 7-2 in the season-opener for both teams at Sweeney Field.
The Huskies (1-0) jumped out to a 3-1 lead at the half, then put four more tallies on the board in the second to put the lead out of reach.
The Bobcats (0-1) carved into the Husky lead early in the second half and pushed Northeastern, a 2004 NCAA Tournament qualifier, into a tight game. In the end, a second half flurry by the Huskies proved to be too much.
?The score was not completely indicative of the game,? said first-year Ohio Head Coach Neil Macmillan. ?They capitalized on more of their shots than we did. We certainly had them on the ropes early in the second half, but unfortunately we weren?t able to continue the pressure and tie the game.?
Facing a 2-0 deficit, Coetzee (Bloemfontein, South Africa) connected on her first-career goal at the 22:09 mark in the first half, taking a pass from senior Lindsay Rothenberger (Fleetwood, Pa.) and finding the back of the net.
Northeastern scored once more in the half, but it was Coetzee and the Bobcats that would strike first out of the break. This time taking a pass from her sister and fellow freshman Rachelle Coetzee (Bloemfontein, South Africa), E. Coetzee cut the deficit to one with a goal at the 37:54 mark. Rachelle made a shot from the corner, and Estienne picked it up in the middle and scored on the far post.
E. Coetzee?s tallies were the first and second of her career, and the assist from R. Coetzee was the first of her young career.
?We stepped up well today, our freshman especially,? Macmillan said.
The Huskies would take control of the half from there, though. Northeastern scored the next four goals of the game to shut the door.
Northeastern back Lauren Edelmeier notched three goals in the winning effort and midfielder Natalie Singelais recorded three assists.
The Huskies registered 29 shots?25 on goal?and Ohio posted five shots, all of which were on goal. E. Coetzee scored on both of her shot attempts, while Amanda Arnold(Oceanport, N.J.) and Torrie Albini (Escondido, Calif.) accounted for the remainder of the Ohio shots.
Between the pipes, senior Jennifer Cote (Raynham, Mass.) notched 18 saves.
?There were a lot of very positive things that come out of here today,? Macmillan said. ?We?re still learning the system and there?s some growing pains with that. But, the general ideas of what we?re trying to do were really good.?
Ohio will return to action Sunday. The Bobcats are set to meet Providence at 1 p.m. in the first game at the newly constructed Friar Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.