Brown, Fenzel lead Bobcats past Hawks

The Ohio field hockey team never had to find top gear as it eased to a 2-0 win against the St. Joesph’s Hawks to climb back to the .500 mark.

Taylor Brown’s sixth goal of the season gave the visitors the perfect start and Katie Fenzel’s first goal of the season right before halftime ensured the Bobcats would enjoy a comfortable second half.

Ohio dominated St. Joesph’s in the shots department, as they out-shot the Hawks 19-5. The Bobcats also doubled up the Hawks in penalty corners 4-2.

Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Walker had a relatively easy afternoon as she only had to make two saves. On the other hand, Hawks goalkeeper Kate Mitchell kept quite busy in goal as she made eight saves in the contest.

Ohio (5-5) wasted no time in taking the lead, as Brown picked up a loose ball in the first minute and fired a shot from the top of the arc into the back of the net to put the ‘Cats in an ideal position.

Brown came close to doubling Ohio’s lead in the 18th minute as Mitchell made one of her eight saves on the day.

Cathryn Altdoerffer tried her luck on two occasions. In the 32nd and 34th minute, her shots were both on target, but Mitchell made two key saves right before halftime.

In the 35th minute, Fenzel popped up to double Ohio’s lead as she collected the loose ball in front of the goal and scored from close range to put the ‘Cats in the driver’s seat.

St. Joesph’s (2-8) started the second half brightly as Jordan Martin’s shot in the 36th minute was saved by Walker to preserve the two-goal cushion.

After the Hawks made the first move in the second half, the Bobcats were in search for their third goal.

In the 46th minute, Laura Mastro tried to put the game out of reach for the Hawks, but Mitchell stood tall and made another save.

Altdoerffer put her third shot on target in the 59th minute, but, for the third time, Mitchell made another key save.

Ohio’s last legitimate scoring chance came in the 61st minute as Jessica Jue found Adele Sammons via a penalty corner. Even though Sammons scored on a penalty corner the previous week against Northwestern, her shot was saved by Mitchell on this occasion.

The Bobcats will look to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to take on the #15 Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Start time is set for 5 p.m.

Player of the Game: Katie Fenzel. Her first goal of the season was an important one as she gave the Bobcats the breathing room necessary for a comfortable second half. A player who is full of energy and works tirelessly on the field got rewarded today in Philadelphia. Coach Neil Macmillan will be glad to see someone else besides Taylor Brown on the score sheet.

St. Joseph’s Verdict: They were never in the contest. They were out-shot and outplayed by the Bobcats. They did not test Brittany Walker very much and they paid for it in the end. This will be a learning experience for them as they will try to ruin other teams’ aspirations for postseason play.

Ohio Verdict: Coming off back-to-back losses, Ohio needed this win. They were by far the better team. Taylor Brown continues to supply the goals and Brittany Walker posted another clean sheet. Wake Forest will provide a strong challenge for this team. If they can get a win in North Carolina, they will head into their remaining MAC games full of confidence.

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