October 4th By Bez Saciri
In a back and forth contest, junior forward Jessica Jue had the last laugh, netting a goal in double overtime to defeat the #15 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 3-2 in Winston-Salem, N.C..
Even though the Bobcats went up 2-0 early courtesy of goals from Ashley Cureton and Jue, Wake Forest answered back as two goals from Jess McFadyen ensured the game would go into overtime.
In the second overtime, on the first penalty corner of the game for Ohio (6-5), Jue found Taylor Brown, who passed it back to Jue, who coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net to give the Bobcats their first 2-game winning streak of the season.
Wake Forest completely dominated Ohio in the shots and penalty corners department, holding a 26-12 and 15-1 advantage, respectively.
Jue may go down as the hero tonight for the Bobcats, but sophomore Brittany Walker played well in goal for the ‘Cats once again, as she made six crucial saves. On the other side, Kaitlyn Ruhf made three saves for the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest (4-7) made the first move in the contest as Taylor Rhea’s shot was saved with ease by Walker.
After the Demon Deacons early possession, the Bobcats made a statement. In the 14th minute, Brown found Cureton close to the goal and the sophomore’s deflected effort found the back of the net to give the Bobcats the perfect start.
One minute later, the Bobcats doubled their lead through Jue as she recovered a turnover inside the circle and fired her shot past Ruhf to give the ‘Cats some breathing room.
Wake Forest cut the deficit in half in the 22nd minute as Jillian Anzalone found McFadyen via a penalty corner and her shot was too much for Walker to handle.
Right on the stroke of half-time, Brown was eager to give her team a two goal lead going into half-time but Ruhf made a key save to keep the Demon Deacons down only one going into the break.
In the 43rd minute, Laura Mastro tried to put the game out of reach for the home side but her shot was saved by Ruhf.
Walker made three huge saves in the 53rd, 55th and 56th minutes as Krysta Wangerin was denied each time by the Bobcats goalkeeper.
With five minutes left in regulation, McFadyen’s second goal of the game tied the contest as she scored on another penalty corner, which was assisted by Anna Kozniuk on this occasion.
After a hapless first overtime period, Ohio left North Carolina with reason to smile as Jessica Jue’s second goal of the contest, via a penalty corner, gave Coach Neil Macmillan a win against his former employers and put the team above the .500 mark.
The Bobcats will return home to Pruitt Field on Saturday, Oct. 6ththey will play host to the Ball State Cardinals. Start time is set for 1 p.m.
Player of the Game: Jessica Jue. Tremendous. Her leadership was needed on this occasion and she delivered. Her goals have given the Bobcats their confidence back as they play host to Ball State on Saturday. The Bobcats will need that win, because if they do not get it, they may not make the MAC tournament. Jue will be one of the ones who will be counted on to continue the winning streak for the ‘Cats.
Wake Forest Verdict: They did well to fight back, but Jessica Jue was too much for them to handle. Their slow start really came back to haunt them, as they may finish the season under .500. McFadyen looks a promising player for the Demon Deacons, but she cannot do it alone. A better start in games is needed if they want to win more games before the end of the season.
Ohio Verdict: A great team performance. They came flying out of the gates and finished the game the stronger of the two teams to pull out the win over the nationally ranked side. Brittany Walker was excellent in goal and Laura Mastro continues to put in solid performances. They have scored five goals in their last two games, which is something Coach Macmillan will be pleased about. With their next three games at Pruitt Field, the Bobcats have the potential to put together a long win streak.