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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (3-6, 0-0 MAC) opens 2016 Mid-American Conference play on Friday (Sept. 30). as they get set to take on Central Michigan (1-8, 0-1 MAC). The match is set to begin at 5 p.m. at Pruitt Field.
WEEK 6 SCHEDULE
Sept. 30, Ohio (3-6, 0-0 MAC) vs. Central Michigan (1-8, 0-1 MAC) | 5 P.M. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio l Gametracker
OHIO DEFEATS BALL STATE IN OVERTIME
The Bobcats defeated Ball State, 3-2, in overtime last Sunday (Sept. 25) at Pruitt Field. It was the lone match of the week for Ohio.
Freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) kicked of the scoring for Ohio in the fifth minute when she netted her fourth goal of the season to put Ohio up 1-0. Sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) recorded an assist on the goal.
With the match tied at 1-1 at halftime, Freshman Gabby Lorenzo (Centereach, N.Y.) struck for Ohio's second goal of the match assisted by Keen to give Ohio another one goal lead.
Ball State tied the match, 2-2, with under two minutes to go in regulation and the teams went to overtime.
As the first overtime period went just under three minutes to play, junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) fired a shot from the top of the D and graduate student Amelia Milton (Rutland, Exton, England) tipped the shot into the back of the cage for the Ohio victory.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton Area, Pa.) made two saves on four shots on goal in the win.
TRIO OF BOBCATS RECORD FIRSTS IN BALL STATE MATCH
Pennington made her first-career start for the Bobcats. Pennington also recorded her first-career victory in cage for Ohio.
Lorenzo tallied her first-career goal while starting her first game in an Ohio uniform.
Milton also tallied her first-career goal as Bobcat, a game-winning goal in overtime.
MACMILLAN BECOMES WINNINGEST COACH IN OHIO FIELD HOCKEY HISTORY
Neil Macmillan is at the helm for his 12th season at Ohio in 2016. The Portsmouth, England, native sports earned his 124th career win at Towson (Sept. 19) to become the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history. He has coached the Bobcats to four MAC titles, 2006, '07, '09 and '11, during his tenure. Macmillan is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey.
The Bobcats have had six players contribute with helpers this season.
Sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) leads Ohio with four helpers this season and Ballard has assisted on three goals this season.
A trio of Bobcats, senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.), Keen and Russell, each have a pair of assists during the 2016 campaign.
Sophomore Illona Hartman (Velserbroek, The Netherlands) and senior Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.) have a helper a piece this season.
BOBCATS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MAC PRESEASON POLL
The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the conference standings in the 2016 MAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted on by the conferences' head coaches, the league office announced on Aug. 16. Ohio received 24 points, including one first-place vote in the pole.
Miami was picked to finish first with 38 points while Kent State was voted second with 37 points, with each school receiving three first-place votes.
Longwood, Missouri State, Central Michigan and Ball State rounded out the poll.
Miami and Kent State each received three votes to win the MAC Championship with Ohio receiving one vote to take the title.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN SCOUTING REPORT (1-8, 0-1 MAC)
The Bobcats are 40-25 heading into their 66th match against Central Michigan.
Molly Pelowski is in her second season as the head coach of Central Michigan.
The Chippewas were picked to finish sixth in the 2016 MAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Central Michigan is seventh in the MAC in scoring margin (-4.37), scoring average (0.66), goals against (46), and goals scored (6), and is fifth in shots (67).
A player to watch for Central Michigan is junior Emily Barber. Barber transferred from Hofstra after the 2015 season. At Hofstra, Barber recorded an assist in the eight games she played. In Barber's first season with Central Michigan, she has started in all nine matches and has netted two goals and recorded as assist on 14 shots, including six shots on goal.
IN THE POLLS
Here's a look at the latest 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll:
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. Connecticut (9-0) 860 (14)
2. North Carolina (8-2) 859 (18)
3. Duke (8-1) 848 (10)
4. Syracuse (8-1) 842 (5)
5. Penn State (9-1) 718
6. Northwestern (8-2) 653
7. Louisville (9-1) 635
8. Maryland (7-3) 597
9. Michigan (7-2) 504
10. Delaware (8-2) 468
11. Princeton (5-3) 439
12. Virginia (6-4) 365
13. Boston University (7-2) 326
14. Old Dominion (5-3) 298
15. Boston College (4-5) 281
16. Wake Forest (5-4) 279
17. Stanford (4-4) 251
18. Iowa (6-4) 177
19. James Madison (6-2) 121
20. Maine (7-3) 99
"It's good confidence going in. Very excited starting a conference game with a little bit of confidence." -- 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on winning last week's match going into conference play
The Bobcats will play host to Missouri State next Friday (Oct. 7). The match will be Ohio's second conference match of the season and will conclude a three-game home stand. The match is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Pruitt Field.