Oct. 22, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team (5-8, 1-1) hosts rival Miami University (8-7, 2-0) this week in the Bobcats' second home match of the season.
The crucial Mid-American Conference match is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Pruitt Field.
Fans can follow along with the match with the live stats link above.
With Halloween just around the corner, Wednesday's match will mark Ohio's annual "Bobcat Blackout" game. The first 200 fans to pass through the Pruitt Field turnstiles will receive a complimentary black winter hat. Students are also encouraged to attend a free tailgate catered by Domino's. All fans in attendance also can enter for a chance to win a $500 cash raffle prize.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats enter the matchup with a 5-8 record after narrowly falling to Central Michigan on Saturday in the Bobcats' home opener. Ohio held a 1-0 lead early in the second half, but Central Michigan notched two unanswered goals - including the game winner with less than a minute left in overtime - to seal the win.
In their first two Mid-American Conference matches of the season, the Bobcats have forced overtime with their opponents. In the MAC opener at Missouri State on Oct. 10, sophomore Adele Sammons scored six minutes into the extra session to send Ohio home with a walk-off win. The Bobcats then fell to CMU in the final minute of overtime session Saturday and are now 2-1 overall in OT matches this season.
Home Sweet Home
After opening with its first 12 matches on the road, Ohio now closes the regular season with three of its final four matches at home. The home debut on Oct. 19 marked the latest the Bobcats have played their first match in Athens in program history.
Senior goalkeeper Brittany Walker (Elizabethtown, Pa.) is among the MAC leaders in a number of defensive categories. She ranks fourth in the league in saves (56), save percentage (.644) and goals against average (2.45). Walker has logged more than 882 minutes in the goal, appearing in all 13 of Ohio's games. She has played a full match in 10 of 13 contests.
Battle of the Bricks Rivalry
The Bobcats hold a 29-34 all-time record against Miami. In the last five years, the RedHawks have outscored the Bobcats 18-15, though Ohio holds a winning record over its rival during that stretch (8-6).
Scouting the RedHawks (8-7)
Miami enters the weekend with an 8-7 record after falling to No. 18 Iowa in a 3-1 final last weekend. Ali Froede leads the RedHawks with 15 points and 0.53 goals per game - ranking third in the MAC for both categories. Miami's Carla Romagosa is tied for first in the MAC with six assists. Defensively, they are led by Sid Marcum, whose five defensive saves rank her first in the MAC. Miami currently holds a 2-0 MAC record with wins over Ball State and Missouri State.
Ohio returns to action Saturday for its second league road match of the season. The Bobcats will face off with Ball State in Muncie beginning at 1 p.m.