Luli Gomez Teruel scored three minutes from the end of regulation to give the Ohio Bobcats a big boost heading into MAC play, as they narrowly defeated the Robert Morris Colonials 2-1.
In the 67th minute, Jessica Jue drove towards goal and delivered a perfect pass to Gomez Teruel, who scored from close range to give the Bobcats a 4-3 record on the season.
The Bobcats out-shot the Colonials 18-9, and had a 12-5 advantage in penalty corners. Brittany Walker made three saves for the Bobcats in the match.
Head Coach Neil Macmillan spoke about the team’s performance.
“I am very happy to get the win, but I don’t want to leave it late like that,” said Macmillan. “It was a solid performance from our team today.”
The Bobcats started out of the gates quickly. In the fifth minute, Jessica Jue executed Ohio’s first penalty corner of the game. She found Laura Mastro, who wisely laid it off to Taylor Brown and Brown slapped a hard low shot past the goalkeeper in the bottom right corner to give the ‘Cats a quick 1-0 lead.
Robert Morris (3-4) cambe back quickly equalizing the game in the 14th minute via the stick of Jess Martin-Brown. Brown took a powerful shot off a pass from Jamie Hartley went passed Walker into the bottom left corner of the goal.
In the 24th minute, the Bobcats had a great chance to regain the lead through Jue but her shot from close hit the post and the Colonials cleared from danger.
Cathryn Altdoerffer had a chance to put Ohio in front in the 29th minute but her shot from a penalty corner was saved by Erin McKenzie’s leg.
After half-time, Ohio came out the more aggressive team, as in the 39th minute, Jue’s shot was saved by McKenzie and the score was still locked at one.
Brown had a golden opportunity to put Ohio ahead, as she stepped up for a penalty shot in the 43rd minute. Her shot missed the target as her shot went high and wide to the left.
Adele Sammons was a rock at the back for the Bobcats; she received the ball off of a penalty corner from Jessica Jue and her low shot to the center of the goal in the 52nd minute was saved by McKenzie.
McKenzie was up to the challenge again in the 65th minute as Altdoerffer’s shot was saved by McKenzie.
With three minutes left, Ohio looked like they were headed for a third straight overtime match, but that is when Jue found Gomez Teruel in front of the net and her goal put the game to bed.
Gomez Teruel spoke about her goal that decided the match.
“I had to score that goal,” said Gomez Teruel. “I did not want to go into overtime again.”
She also spoke about the manner in which the goal came.
“We knew the goal was going to come,” said Gomez Teruel. “We played much better in the second half than we did in the first half.”
On Friday, Ohio will start conference play, and Macmillan realizes that the Bobcats must start out strong if they want to win the MAC championship.
“It is very important we strong in our conference,” said Macmillan. “We do not want to start from behind. I think conference play means more than it did in previous years.”
The Bobcats will open their MAC schedule with a tough road test, as they travel to face the Golden Flashes of Kent State. Start time is 3 p.m. on Friday.
Player of the Game: Adele Sammons. She had an exceptional game for the Bobcats at the back. She was fearless, and broke up many Robert Morris attacks. Her passing was very fluid and she had a shot on target. As a freshman, she shows a lot of composure to keep the defense steady. Her training in England has definitely helped her transition her game across the pond. She looks quite a prospect for Macmillan’s side for years to come.
Robert Morris Verdict: A heart-breaking loss for the Colonials. Just as thought that they were going to take the Bobcats into overtime, Gomez Teruel broke their hearts. They did well to respond after Brown’s well-taken goal but could not grab a second to put the pressure on the Bobcats. This is a team that will get better as the season goes on.
Ohio Verdict: A win is a win and they will take them any way they can get them. They left it late but they did avoid overtime for the first time in three games. Sammons was excellent, Walker continues to grow and Brown’s goal was superb. Macmillan will be looking to start off fast in conference play as Kent State will provide a unique challenge for the Bobcats.