ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio field hockey team (5-3, 2-1 MAC) returned to action Saturday afternoon (Oct. 5) for some Mid-American Conference action, downing Longwood (5-5, 1-1 MAC), 2-1, at Pruitt Field.
After an early attempt from Longwood to open the game in the second minute, the Bobcats' offense took control of the game, which resulted in an attempt from senior Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) that was blocked by the Longwood defense.
Ohio's persistence paid off, when in the ninth minute, Ohio would take a penalty corner and Baker received the ball from redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) and pushed the ball into the back of the cage, giving Ohio an early 1-0 lead.
Longwood attempted to get the equalizer over the final moments of the first quarter, with their best attempt coming in the 10th minute when Charlotte Wilm fired the ball at an open net, forcing a defensive save from the Bobcats, keeping the game at 1-0.
The Lancers recorded another attempt moments later, however, the Bobcats defense would stand tall, ending the first quarter with the Bobcats leading. 1-0.
The second quarter would see a defensive battle from both teams, with junior Claire Buckey (Powell, Ohio) recording the only attempt from either team, on a ball that was blocked by the Longwood defense in the 28th minute, sending the game to the half with the Bobcats leading, 1-0.
At the half, Ohio outshot Longwood, 4-3, with two shots on goal compared to the Lancers' one.
The third quarter saw the offensives on both sides pick up the pace. Junior Leah Warren (Hamilton, opened the corner with an attempt that went wide of the net in the 31st minute.
Longwood responded moments later with an attempt of their own, but senior goalkeeper Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.) would be there to make the save. Right after the Longwood attempt, the Bobcats would see back-to-back penalty corners, however the Bobcats would be unable to capitalize.
Longwood came back with the next two attempts of the game, however Boothby would be there to make another save to keep the game at 1-0 going into the final quarter of play.
Ohio came out on fire in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, with Baker recording a shot right off the bat that forced the Longwood keeper to make a save. Warren would record another attempt off of a penalty corner moments later, with the Longwood keeper making another save to keep the game at 1-0.
Longwood would respond in the 47th minute with Larky Hardwood scoring, tying the game at 1-1.
Ohio refused to go away with the Bobcats' offensive pressure proving to be too much to handle for the Longwood defense. Redshirt sophomore Tayla Hansen (Levin, New Zealand) recorded the first shot for the Bobcats that was saved, followed up by a Ballard attempt that was also saved by the Longwood keeper, keeping the game at 1-1.
After back-to-back penalty corners in the 51st minute, Warren capitalized, scoring off the pass from Ballard, putting the Bobcats up 2-1 later in the fourth quarter.
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Ohio kept pushing forward, with senior Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) registering another shot foe the Bobcats in the 54th minute, which forced the Longwood keeper to make another save, keeping the game at 2-1.
The Ohio defense would stand tall, holding Longwood off the board for the remaining five minutes of action, sealing the 2-1 victory for the Bobcats.
Overall, Ohio outshot Longwood, 13-8, with nine shots on goal compared to the Lancers' four. The Bobcats also took seven penalty corners, while Longwood only attempted four.
Individually, Baker recorded one goal on three shots with two on goal, while Warren recorded a goal on four shots with two on goal. Ballard registered two assists with one shot on goal. Keen and junior Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.) both recorded shots on goal for the Bobcats.
In net, Boothby played all 60 minutes, allowing one goal and making two saves in the victory.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Oct. 6 when Ohio hosts Ohio State. First touch is set for 2 p.m. at Pruitt Field.