Field Hockey splits weekend contests

The Ohio University field hockey team (1-3) played in Louisville this past weekend in two contests, taking a victory over the William & Mary Tribe and a loss to the host Louisville Cardinals.

In their first game, the Bobcats were able to earn a 2-1 victory over William & Mary off of a goal each from senior Luli Gomez Teruel and redshirt junior Lauryl Desch. The game was ultimately decided off of an impressive performance by junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker, allowing only one goal and having three saves.

The Bobcats were able to achieve seven shots in this contest, but it wasn’t until the 58th minute of the contest that they were able to score the winning goal. The goal was scored off of a rebound following a penalty corner from senior Jessica Jue.

William & Mary failed later on two corner tries, and with eight minutes remaining struggled to produce an offensive opportunity for the remainder of the match.

Following their victory on Saturday, the Bobcats took to the field once more against the Louisville Cardinals, but were defeated 6-2. They will leave Louisville having posted a 1-1 record over the weekend.

“This weekend was a good learning experience for our team,” head coach Neil Macmillan said to the Ohio Bobcats website. “We did a nice job on Saturday of being competitive and taking care of the game. Today we were a bit gassed from our game on Saturday, and that was very much due to the way Louisville played. They played a very fast game and really put a lot of pressure on us.”

The weekend featured great play from Gomez Teruel, who was able to capitalize on both of the Bobcat scoring opportunities against Louisville. She has now posted a goal in three of the four games the Bobcats have played this season.

She was able to open the scoring seven minutes in, but the Bobcats were unable to capitalize on the momentum shift and were scoreless until the 64th minute of play. The Cardinals struck back quickly and continually, scoring at the 12th and 19th minutes and taking a 2-1 lead into the half. They would pull away in the second half.

The Bobcats now take a 1-3 record to Evanston, Illinois, next weekend to take on the California Golden Bears and the 11th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats.

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