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@OhioFieldHockey Wins OT Thriller 3-2 Over Ball State

@OhioFieldHockey Wins OT Thriller 3-2 Over Ball State

Sept. 25, 2016

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THE BASICS
Score: Ohio 3, Ball State 2 (OT)
Records: Ohio (3-6, 0-0 MAC), Ball State (4-6, 0-1 MAC)
Location: Athens, Ohio (Pruitt Field)
Short Story: Graduate student Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England) tipped in the game winning goal in overtime to led the Ohio field hockey team (3-6, 0-0 MAC) past Ball State (4-6, 0-1 MAC), 3-2, on Sunday (Sept. 25) at Pruitt Field.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Bobcats dominated the box score, leading in penalty corners (11-3) and shots (14-6).
• Milton and sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) led the Bobcats with five shots each – Ballard had two on goal and Milton had one.
• Freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Austrailia) kicked of the scoring in the fifth minute when she put the ball in the back of cage to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Ballard assisted on the goal.
• In the 30th minute, Beth Barnes tallied a goal for Ball State to tie the game at 1-1, as the match reached halftime.
• After nearly 28 minutes of scoreless play, freshman Gabby Lorenzo (Centereach, N.Y.) put Ohio back on the scoreboard netting her first goal of the season with an assist by Keen. The Bobcats led 2-1.
• As play reached the final two minutes, Lexi Kavanaugh tied the match, 2-2,  went to overtime.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton Area, Pa.) made a big save on Kavanaugh early in overtime to keep the match tied.
• In the waning moments of the first overtime period, Junior Maria Russell fired a shot from the top of the D and Milton deflected it into the back of the cage to clinch the 3-2 victory over the Cardinals in overtime.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
• Pennington started her first career match for the Bobcats and collected her first-career win.
• Keen scored her fourth goal of the season.
• Lorenzo and Milton each scored their first career goals as a Bobcat in the match.

QUOTEABLE
“Very excited. I thought we played a really good game of hockey, especially in the second half. I think the majority of the game was in Ball State’s end. I was very happy with that.” – 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan

“Great resilience. I think when you let a goal in at the end of the game it’s often very discouraging, but that’s a sign of where we’ve come from because that happened against Indiana. We turned that around today and came out with a win.” – Macmillan on the overtime victory

“Amazing, the best feeling ever! It was a really good team goal. We worked all the way around the back with some really good play from upfront. Maria, she took on a few players at the top of the D and then smacked the ball towards the goal and I got the touch on.” – Amelia Milton on her game winning goal

UP NEXT
Ohio begins conference play Friday (Sept. 30) when Central Michigan visits Athens, Ohio. The match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m at Pruitt Field.

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