Shots (on goal)
Score: Ohio 3, Missouri State 1
Records: Ohio 5-6 (2-0 MAC), Missouri State 1-8 (0-2 MAC)
Location: Athens, Ohio (Pruitt Field)
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (5-6, 2-0 MAC) scores three unanswered goals, including two from Sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.), to take down Mid-American Conference foe Missouri State (1-8, 0-2 MAC) to win its third straight match on Friday (Oct. 7) at Pruitt Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
â¢ In the 9th minute of the match, Ohio registered its first shot on a corner chance. Kendall Ballardâs (Charlottesville, Va.) shot did not find the back of the cage, however, as the shot was blocked.
â¢ In the 12th minute, Andrea Soler Codina would give Missouri State a 1-0 lead, as her shot glided past sophomore Ohio keeper Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.), finding the back of the net.
â¢ Ohio would pull the score back to even, as Ballard rocketed one past Feli Heinzel of the Bears. Assists on the score were credited to Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) and Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England).
â¢ Only minutes later, Ohio would take a 2-1 lead, as Ballard put away a penalty stroke awarded to the Bobcats in the 26th minute.
â¢ After a long scoreless stretch by both teams in the second half, Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) found the back of the net on a deflection for her first career goal in the 62nd minute. Ohio led 3-1.
â¢ Missouri State would put one more shot on goal, but Pennington kicked it away.
â¢ Ohio dominated the box score leading in shots (12-7) and penalty corners (6-1).
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
â¢ Baker adds a nice touch to her freshman season with the first goal of her career.
â¢ Ballard added two more goals to make it a team leading count of nine for the season â including 10 for her career.
â¢ Pennington made 3 saves in the match bringing her career total to 27 saves. She is also 3-0 on the season.
âVery happy with how we played. I think we controlled the majority of the game.â â 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on the match
âIt is always better being two goals than one goal, especially with the time ticking down as it was, but for her (Baker) as well it was great for her to show the hard work she has put in on the practice field.â -- Macmillan on Bakerâs goal.
âI think we have matured over the four weeks and we are starting to get more comfortable on the field.â â Sophomore Kendall Ballard on the team over the season.
âIt feels amazing, especially scoring. I didnât expect for that to happen. I just go out onto the field and hope to help the team.â â Freshman Karynne Baker on scoring her first career goal.
Ohio is scheduled to play on the road on Sunday (Oct. 9) in a nonconference match against No. 17 Wake Forest. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Kentner Stadium.