ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio field hockey (8-6, 4-2) finished MAC play with a hard-fought loss against Miami, 2-1 in penalty strokes.
The RedHawks opened the game up with a penalty corner in the second minute which resulted in a Miami shot on goal, which was saved by redshirt junior goalkeeper Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.).
The Bobcats recorded a shot of their own moments later when redshirt sophomore Tayla Hansen (Levin, New Zealand) recorded a shot of her own, however, the ball would go wide of the goal, keeping the game scoreless.
Miami recorded another attempt in the seventh minute, which would be blocked by the Bobcats' defense. Neither team would score over the remaining nine minutes, ending the first quarter with the game scoreless.
Miami would get the first penalty corner in the second quarter, however the RedHawks would be unable to get a shot off.
The Bobcats' offense came alive in the 22nd minute, with Ohio earning back-to-back penalty corners. Redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) then registered back-to-back shots on goal, with the RedHawks keeper making both stops to keep the game scoreless.
Moments later, the Bobcats came flying back down the field with junior Jillian Shive (Lebanon, Ohio) firing the ball at the goal. However, the Miami keeper would make a long stick save the keep the ball out the of goal and keep the game scoreless.
Miami recorded the final attempt of the second quarter, getting the shot off in the 30th minute. However, the ball would go wide, sending the game to the half with the game tied at 0-0.
At the half, Ohio outshot Miami, 4-3, with three shots on goal compared to Miami's one. However, Miami registered three penalty corners compared to Ohio's two.
Ohio struck two minutes into the third quarter when Shive stole the ball from the Miami offense in the RedHawks circle, firing it to the back of the goal for her fifth of the season, giving Ohio a 1-0 lead. The goal was the first for the Bobcats against the RedHawks since 2013.
Ohio and Miami traded penalty corners in the 38th and 39th minutes, with Miami recording a shot that went wide of the goal. Neither team recorded another attempt over the final five minutes of the third quarter, sending the game to the final frame with Ohio leading, 1-0.
The Bobcats recorded the first attempt in the fourth quarter with a shot from Ballard in the opening minute. However, the attempt forced the Miami keeper to make her fourth save to keep the game at a 1-0 Ohio advantage.
The RedHawks recorded a shot in the 48th minute, which would go wide of the net. Then in the 52nd minute, Miami recorded another shot that was saved by sophomore Ashley Wilber (Louisville, Ky.), keeping the game at 1-0.
Miami struck moments later with the equalizer, when Lexie Nugent scored to tie the game at 1-1 with just over three minutes to go in regulation.
Miami recorded one final attempt in the final minute when Ohio took and penalty corner and junior Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand) fired the ball at the goal, however it would be saved by the Miami keeper, sending the game to overtime with the game tied at 1-1.
Miami recorded the first attempt in overtime in the 65th minute, on a ball that would bounce just wide of the goal, keeping the game at 1-1. The RedHawks recorded another shot on goal in the 68th minute, however Boothby would be there for the kick save to keep the game at 1-1 and send it into the second overtime.
Miami recorded the only shot in the second overtime, however the ball went wide, sending the game to a penalty shootout.
In the penalty shootout, neither team found the back of the net in their first three attempts. However, Miami snuck one by Boothby on their fourth shot, putting the RedHawks up 1-0. Ohio answered with one of their own from Ballard to knot it up at one, but Miami went back up when Lilly Peterson scored their second goal of the round. Warren had the last attempt for Ohio, but could not score against the RedHawk's goalkeeper, giving Miami the 2-1 victory.
With the loss, the Bobcats fall to third place in the MAC, and look to see next weekend's conference games finish to determine their opponent in the second round of the MAC tournament.