Score: Ohio 1, Ball State 4
Records: Ohio (1-1, 0-0 MAC), Ball State (2-0, 0-0 MAC)
Location: Muncie, Ind.
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (1-1, 0-0 MAC) continued the 2017 season suffering a tough 4-1 loss to conference foe Ball State (2-0, 0-0 MAC) on Sunday (Aug. 27) in Muncie, Ind.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ball State would strike first in the 18th minute off of a penalty corner to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead early in the first half.
- Sophomore Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) was aggressive on offense with a couple of corner opportunities to Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) but the shots would not get past Ball State's keeper.
- Ohio would respond in the 28th minute with a goal by Baker assisted by freshman Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand) to tie the game up at 1-1.
- Just before the conclusion of the first period, Ball State would score again to give them a 2-1 lead before the final 35 minutes.
- At the half, Ball State recorded six shots while the Bobcats recorded four.
- Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.) would get the start in goal, recording three saves on the day.
- The second half started slow, until the 42nd minute when Ball State's Michelle Shampton scored to increase the Cardinals lead to 3-1.
- Ohio would attempt to fire back in the 46th minute on a shot by Emma Spinetto but the Ball State keeper would tally another stop.
- The Bobcats would not let momentum fade in the 49th minute when Warren took a shot off of a corner from Baker but the Cardinals' keeper would stop it once again.
- Warren would attempt a shot off a corner by Buckey in the 57th minute, but she could not convert it into a goal. The Cardinals would maintain the 3-1 lead.
- Ball State would earn a penalty stroke in the 60th minute.
- Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would make a substitution in goal for the stroke.
- The Cardinals would score one final time in on the penalty stroke by Anya Eicher to solidify Ball State's 4-1 win.
- Ohio and Ball State would both add 3 shots to their respective totals in the second half.
- The Bobcats recorded six penalty corners on the day while Ball State recorded three.
- Ballard led Ohio with three shots on the game while Baker earned Ohio's only goal on one shot.
- Warren would tally two shots and a single assist on the day while Spinetto recorded one shot.
- Boothby came away with three saves while she allowed three goals in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Bobcats are now 37-35 with Ball State
- Neil Macmillan now has an all-time record of 123-114. He is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey and is two victories away from becoming the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history.
"Overall, I'm disappointed in the result of the game. We did a good job in terms of controlling the territory, but our ability in attacking and finishing in and around the goal was lacking today and that certainly cost us. We need to tighten a few things up defensively going into next weekend." – Head coach Neil Macmillian
Ohio continues the away slate of the 2017 season with a match against Cornell on Friday (Sept. 1) at 5 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.