Carolin Troncelliti’s goal with 11 minutes left in regulation gave the No. 10 Northwestern Wildcats an impressive road win over the Ohio Bobcats, 2-1.
With the score tied at one, Kaylee Pohlmeyer galloped down the right side of the field with the ball and sent a pass that deflected
on to the stick of Troncelliti. On the first bounce, Troncelliti slid her shot underneath Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker into the back of the net to give Northwestern the win and put Ohio under the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Northwestern (9-2) dominated the first half of action. The Wildcats out-shot Ohio 6-0 and held a 4-0 advantage in penalty corners. Ohio flipped the switch in the second half out-shooting Northwestern 6-3 in addition to earning six penalty corners compared to Northwestern’s one.
Brittany Walker had another solid performance for Ohio (4-5) in goal saving five.
Head coach Neil Macmillan spoke about the team’s performance against the nationally-ranked Big Ten opposition.
“It was a tale of two halves today. In the first half, we did not play well and in the second half, we made some changes to get back into the game,” said Macmillan. “At the end of the day, we are sick of losing, and our record does not suggest how good we really are.”
In the 10th minute of the contest, Northwestern got on the board, Tara Puffenberger drove to goal from the left side of the field, and found Chelsea Armstrong with a soft pass across goal and Armstrong finished from close range to put the Bobcats in an early hole.
Northwestern would not let up after the goal. They earned penalty corners in the 17th, 22nd, 30th and 32nd minutes, but Ohio’s defense stood tall to keep the deficit at one.
In the 34th minute, Armstrong was close to doubling the Wildcats lead, but her shot from close range was saved by Brittany Walker.
Even though Northwestern controlled possession for much of the first half, Ohio went into half-time down only 1-0.
In the start of the second half, Ohio came out the aggressor. In the 42nd minute, Cathryn Altdoerffer weaved her way into Northwestern territory, but her shot was well-wide.
In the 48th minute, Jessica Jue, operating Ohio’s second penalty corner of the game, found Adele Sammons on the left side of the field and she unleashed a shot that was deflected into the goal to level the score at one.
Macmillan spoke about Sammons’ first collegiate goal.
“We have been working with her on that position out wide on the left,” said Macmillan. “We dragged the ball into her area and she ripped the ball into the back of the net.”
Ohio had one last chance to tie the game up in the 67th minute when Sammons found Taylor Brown via a penalty corner, but her shot was blocked and went out of play.
Even though the Bobcats have dropped two straight, Macmillan found many positives within his team.
“Our individual play was very good today,” said Macmillan. “We had different players playing in different positions. We had Laura (Mastro) up front and Marissa (Higgins) in the middle.”
Macmillan was also critical of the team’s finishing.
“Our execution on corners was OK,” said Macmillan. “But we should be doing better than one for six in the game.”
Freshman Sammons spoke about the team’s performance.
“They came at us in the first half, and we were not surprised since they are the 10th ranked team in the nation,” said Sammons. “We played better in the second half, but came up short.”
She also spoke about her goal that tied the game at one.
“I work on that a lot in training and I have done it in games before,” said Sammons. “I was really happy when I scored for my team.”
Ohio will now go on the road for their next two games. On Friday, September 28 at 3 p.m., the Bobcats will travel to Philadelphia to take on St. Joseph’s. On Wednesday, October 3 at 5 p.m., the Bobcats will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Player of the Game: Adele Sammons. For the second consecutive home game, the British import played very well. Her goal was well-taken and she defended very well. She is making great strides every single game and her experience in England has definitely helped become a key player for the Bobcats. If she continues this rapid growth, the sky is the limit for her.
Northwestern Verdict: They completely dominated the Bobcats in the first half, and the second goal they got was well-deserved. Even though Ohio came at them in the second half, they regrouped and scored the winner. They showed why they are the tenth-ranked team in the nation. They will be a tough team to beat come tournament time.
Ohio Verdict: That’s two losses in a row for the Bobcats and the next three games on their schedule are crucial if they want to make anything of their season. Adele Sammons was excellent and Brittany Walker was superb in goal. The attacking threat of Luli Gomez Teruel and Taylor Brown was nonexistent. They will need to play a full seventy minutes if they want to get a winning streak put together.