Shots (on goal)
Score: Longwood 3, Ohio 1
Records: Ohio 6-8 (3-1 MAC), Longwood 7-8 (1-3 MAC)
Location: Farmville, Va. (Longwood Athletics Complex)
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (6-8, 3-1 MAC) drops its first Mid-American Conference match of the season, 3-1, to Longwood (7-8, 1-3 MAC) on Sunday (Oct. 16).
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Ohio registered the first shot of the match off its first penalty corner when sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) fired a shot on goal that was saved by Longwood goalkeeper Lauren Bernard.
• The match remained scoreless for 21 minutes until Leonie Verstraete netted the first goal of the match to give Longwood a 1-0 lead.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) came up with two save in the 28th and 30th minutes to keep the Lancers lead at 1-0
• Ohio went out firing in the first half, with two shots off a penalty corner, but came up empty as Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario) fired a shot off the crossbar and junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) fired a shot wide.
• Longwood had one last opportunity as they were awarded a penalty corner as time expired in the first half. However, Pennington came up with a save to keep the deficit at one heading into the half.
• Edel Nyland tallied Longwood’s second goal of the match 36 seconds into the half to give Longwood a 2-0 lead.
• Ohio answered right back with a goal of its own as Russell cut the Lancer lead in half, 2-1.
• In the 48th minute, Nyland fired another shot, but Pennington came up with the save to keep Ohio within one.
• Ballard fired a shot on goal three minutes later, but Bernard made the save for Longwood.
• Pennington made another save in the 56th minute, but Ellen Ross tallied the third goal of the match for Longwood 10 minutes later as Ohio trailed 3-1.
• Ohio finished the match with the final three shots, Russell with a shot on a goal, Ballard with a shot wide, and senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.) with a shot wide, but could not find the back of the cage as the match ended, 3-1.
• Pennington made six saves in the match.
• Ballard and Russell each had three shots in the match for Ohio – including two on goal each.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
• Russell’s goal was her sixth of the season and makes 20 for her career.
• Ballard has 46 shots this season -- including 27 shots on goal.
• Kingsbury has 11 shots this season – including 7 of them on goal.
• Kho has two shots this season – including one on goal.
• Pennington has made 33 saves this season and has 41 for her career.
“Overall we gave too many opportunities to Longwood. They had more shots and corners than we did.”– 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on the match
“From our point of view, we were a little unlucky. We had two shots saved off the line and one go off the crossbar.” – Macmillan
“I think we shot ourselves in the foot a little giving up the goal immediately after halftime. We did well responding immediately after that, but that’s the intensity we need to play with all the time. We didn’t play well enough today if we want to be successful against Kent (State). While we were doing some things better than we have done the past few games, we still need to look to improve our overall tactical game.” – Macmillan on looking to Kent State on Friday
Ohio returns home for Senior Day on Friday (Oct. 21) to play MAC foe Kent State, before traveling to Michigan State for a match on Sunday (Oct. 23) for its final nonconference match.