Shots (on goal)
Score: Ohio 4, Central Michigan 3 (OT)
Records: Ohio (4-6, 1-0 MAC), Central Michigan (1-9, 0-2 MAC)
Location: Athens, Ohio (Pruitt Field)
Short Story: Junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) nets the game winning goal, her fifth of the season, as the Ohio field hockey team (4-6, 1-0 MAC) takes down Central Michigan (1-9, 0-2 MAC), 4-3, in overtime to win its Mid-American Conference opener Friday (Sept. 30) at Pruitt Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
â¢ The Bobcats dominated the box score, leading in penalty corners (12-4) and shots (17-14).
â¢ Sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) kicked off the scoring in the 7th minute netting her first goal of the season. Ohio led 1-0.
â¢ Central Michigan came back with a goal of its own 12 minutes later when Catherine Schneider passed the ball behind the Ohio defense to Grace Forthaus who netted her first goal of the season. The game was tied 1-1.
â¢ Ohio showed to be resilient after the Central Michigan goal. Graduate student Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England) assisted junior Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario) on her first goal of the season in the 24th minute and freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) followed that goal up with her fifth of the season when senior Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.) assisted on Keenâs goal off a blocked corner shot. Ohio lead 3-1 as the teams went to halftime.
â¢ Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton Area, Pa.) made four saves for Ohio in the first half.
â¢ Central Michigan netted the first goal of the second half. Georgina Minta scored on a breakaway to cut the Ohio lead to 3-2.
â¢ After nearly 20 minutes of scoreless hockey, Central Michigan tied the match with under two minutes remaining in regulation on a shot by Haley Bova. The match headed to overtime tied at 3-3.
â¢ In the 4th minute of overtime, Ohio was awarded a penalty corner. Ohio missed its chance on the corner, but Kho fired a shot from the top of the D and junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) was at the right place at the right time and tipped home her fifth goal of the season to help Ohio win in overtime, 4-3.
â¢ Eight Bobcats recorded shots in the match. Redshirt sophomore Tatyana Nelson (San Diego, Calif.) led Ohio with four shots â including three on goal. Freshman Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) had two shots on goal for Ohio.
â¢ Pennington finished the match with eight saves.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
â¢ Ohio has won back-to-back games, both overtime home victories.
â¢ Pennington has won back-to-back games for the first time in her Ohio career.
â¢ Keen has scored goals in three of the last four matches.
â¢ Eggleston netted her first goal of the 2016 season brining her career total to four.
â¢ Khoâs first goal of the season was her third goal as a Bobcat.
â¢ Baker made her first career start in the match.
â¢ Russell now has 19 career goals at Ohio.
âIt was a little too exciting. We did the same thing again. We were in a position to finish them off and win it.â â 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on going to overtime for a second straight match
âBut again, resilience to finish the game in overtime. We did a great job executing that corner in overtime with a great touch in by Maria (Russell).â â Macmillan on the resilience of Ohio
âAmazing! Going into we wanted to end it in the first five (minutes). Then we got the corner and Millie hit left, then Rachel smacked it in. I just went in and knew it was going in no matter what.â â Russell on her game winning goal
Ohio plays host to Missouri State in a MAC conference match next Friday (Oct. 7) at Pruitt Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.