Shots (on goal)
Score: Villanova 5, Ohio 3
Records: Villanova (1-7, 0-1 BIG EAST), Ohio (2-6, 0-0 MAC)
Location: Conshohocken, PA. (Villanova Field Hockey Field)
Short Story: Sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) nets two goals for the Ohio field hockey team (2-6, 0-0 MAC) in a 5-3 loss at Villanova (1-7, 0-1 BIG EAST) on Sunday (Sept. 18).
HOW IT HAPPENED
â¢ The Bobcats came out of the gate early recording the first two shots of the match, one by freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) and one by sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas), but both were blocked.
â¢ Despite the hot start, Villanova netted the first goal of the match when Kristen Mericle put one on the back of the net in the 7th minute.
â¢ Francesca Bello netted another goal for the Wildcats five minutes later as Ohio trailed 2-0.
â¢ However Ohio would not bow down in the first half, as Kendall Ballard tallied an unassisted goal to pull the Bobcats within one with 10 minutes left in the half.
â¢ The Bobcats ended the half with a corner shot by senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.) that was saved by Villanova goalkeeper Elizabeth Miller.
â¢ Villanova scored less than three minutes into the second half, but the Bobcats answered with a pair of goals seven minutes later. Kingsbury tallied a goal assisted by Ballard in the 46th minute and Ballard scored her second goal of the match two minutes later off a penalty stroke to tie the game 3-3.
â¢ Villanova seized the momentum in the final 15 minutes of the match with Bello scoring a pair of goals to net a hat trick as Ohio fell to Villanova 5-3.
â¢ Ohio led the shot battle 15-13 and led in penalty corners for the match 7-3.
â¢ Kingsbury led the Bobcats in shots with six â including four on goal.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
â¢ Junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) had two shots in the match, both were on goal. She now has 49 career shots and 34 career shots on goal.
â¢ Kingsbury has now taken nine shots this year -- including five on goal. She has also netted two goals this season.
â¢ Ballard leads Ohio with 28 shots this season -- including a team-high 17 on goal. She has tallied 43 career shots and 27 career shots on goal. She also leads the Bobcats with seven goals this season.
âWe put ourselves in a position to be successful. We had periods of play where we moved the ball well and created attacking opportunities, but our lack of finishing at that end of the field and our lack of solid defense in our own 25 really cost us today.â â 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan
âIf we want to win games, we have to make sure that we are trying to win at all positions on the field. We have to takeaway easy opportunities for the opposition and make them work for everything.â â Macmillan
Ohio is scheduled to play at home next Sunday (Sept. 25) in a nonconference match against Ball State after playing the last five matches on the road. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Pruitt Field.