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@OhioFieldHockey Eek Out Win Over Ball State, 2-1

@OhioFieldHockey Eek Out Win Over Ball State, 2-1

Oct. 13, 2016

Final Stats


Score: Ohio 2, Ball State 1
Records: Ohio 6-7 (3-0 MAC), Ball State 6-8 (1-2 MAC)
Location: Muncie, Ind. (BSU Turf Field)
Short Story: Sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) nets two goals as the Ohio field hockey team (6-7, 3-0 MAC) survives a tough match against Ball State (6-8, 1-2 MAC), 2-1, on Thursday (Oct. 13) to move to 3-0 in Mid-American Conference play. This is the first time Ohio has gone 3-0 in to start MAC play since the 2011 season.

• The match started with neither team registering a shot in the first five minutes of play.
• In the sixth minute, Ohio was awarded the first penalty corner of the match and capitalized on the opportunity with sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) netting her 11th goal of the season. Freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) and sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas.) assisted on the goal.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) came up with three huge saves in the 16th, 19th, and 22nd minutes to help the Bobcats maintain their 1-0 lead.
• In the final minute of the first half, Ballard had her shot blocked off a penalty corner, but Ohio was awarded a penalty stroke. Ballard nailed her third stroke of the season to put the Bobcats up 2-0 to end the half. The stroke marked her 12th goal of the season.
• Penalty corners were tied at the half, 3-3.
• Ohio led 2-0 despite being outshot 9-3 in the half by Ball State.
• In the second half, Ball State controlled most of the play.
• Ball State senior Mikayla Mooney pulled the Cardinals within one with a goal in 54th minute.
• Going down to the final seconds, Pennington made a save on a Ball State shot, but the Cardinals were awarded a penalty corner with time stopped at the end of regulation. Mooney fired the shot high and Ohio hung on for the victory.
• Ohio held Ball State to zero goals on its eight penalty corner attempts in the match.
• Pennington was the winning goalkeeper and is now 4-1 this season.
• Ballard had three shots - including two on goal.

• Ballard is perfect on penalty strokes this season going 3 for 3.
• Ballard now has four multi-goal matches this season.
• Eggleston's assist was her team leading fifth of the season.
• Keen registered her fourth career assist at Ohio.
• Pennington made four saves in the match and has 35 saves for her career.
• Ohio is 3-0 to start MAC play for the first time since the 2011 season.

"Sometimes you play games and you can't figure out how you won. Today was one of those games. We were outplayed, especially in the second half. They (Ball State) did a great job of containing us in our 25."- 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on the match

"Exactly the same as last week. Kendall (Ballard) with the first one. Threw it hard, took a deflection off the girl in front and into the top corner. It was great execution of her drag flick. Second one same thing. Hit the girl on the line, a penalty stroke was awarded and she (Ballard) buried it." - Macmillan on the Ohio goals

"Ball State played an outstanding game. We are exceptionally lucky to get the result. Usually when the stats are so heavily in favor of one team, that team comes away with the win." - Macmillan on Ball State

"Alex did a great job positionally today. She blocked a lot, but what doesn't show up on the stat sheet is that she has to go out and clear or smother the ball and she had to do that a few times today." - Macmillan on Pennington in cage

Ohio continues MAC play as it travels to Farmville, Va., to take on Longwood on Sunday (Oct. 16). The match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET.


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