Defense is the name of the game.
After allowing six goals in their last game against Louisville, Ohio (2-3) defeated the California Golden Bears (3-3) 1-0, the first shutout of the year for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats were on the attack early in the first half, with three shots (two on goal) and two penalty corners in the first 20 minutes. After the third shot was blocked, senior Jessica Jue put one in the back of the net to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.
Shortly after the goal, Ohio was back on the attack, with a penalty corner and a shot by freshman Franziska Schmiedel saved by Cal goalie Courtney Hendrickson. Cal would attack late in the first half, with two shots on goal, with one being saved by junior Brittany Walker and the other being blocked with a minute left in the half. The clock would run out in the half with the score remaining 1-0, Ohio.
The second half began with Cal on the offensive attack this time, In the 40th minute, Cal had a penalty corner, which resulted in a shot that was blocked by Walker. Walker would play in this game, with four saves.
The second half was an offensive struggle for both teams, with each team trading the ball back and forth, with not too many scoring opportunities. The Bobcats would get a shot in the 46th minute by Schmiedel that would be saved. Cal would get a shot of in the 52nd minute, which was saved by Walker
That shot would prove to be the last opportunity for either team in the final 18 minutes. Cal would go empty net in the last two minutes, but would not get a goal and the game coming to an end, with the Bobcats defeating the Golden Bears 1-0.
The defense proved to be the difference today. After averaging 4.25 goals allowed in their first four games, the Bobcats allowed zero goals today, with the open goal proving to be the the final outcome.
The Bobcats look to make it two wins in a row when they take on no. 12 Northwestern today at 1 p.m. The game is set to be played in Evanston, Illinois.