ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (3-1) returned home to Pruitt Field on Friday (Sept. 13) and shut out Lock Haven (2-3), 4-0. Ohio has now recorded at least three wins in their first four games for the first time since 2011.
The Bobcats got their offense started early, earning four penalty corners in the first quarter. Redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) tallied the first goal for Ohio just 1:27 into the second period - her third of the season - assisted by sophomore Ashley Willbur (Louisville, Ky.). Just a little over four minutes later, redshirt sophomore Tayla Hansen (Levin, New Zealand) tallied her first goal of the season to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.
Ohio took that lead to halftime, as well as a 10-0 lead in shots and 6-0 lead in penalty corners. Senior Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) got the scoring started in the second half when she snuck one past the Lock Haven goalie, assisted by junior Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.). Finally, freshman Katelyn Whittle (Glenwood, Md.) scored the second goal of her career to give the Bobcats a 4-0 lead, a lead Ohio would take to the end of the game.
OU outshot Lock Haven 19-3, putting 12 and two on goal respectively. Ohio won the penalty corner battle 10-2, allowing the Bald Eagles to record their two in the final minutes of the game.
The Bobcats hit the road and begin conference play next Friday, Sept. 20 as they take on Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. First touch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Then, they travel to Durham, N.C. on Sunday, Sept. 22 to face-off against #2 Duke University. That first touch is scheduled for 12 p.m.