Bobcats fall just short of Northwestern

The Ohio Bobcat field hockey team (2-4) was unable to overcome a stingy defensive effort from No. 12 Northwestern despite a great effort, falling 1-0.

The Wildcats (7-1) were able to produce 12 shots, with six of them targeting the net. Ohio senior Brittany Walker stole the show with five saves, but was unable to hold the shutout. In the weekend’s games, Walker has posted an incredible 0.64 goals against average with a .889 save percentage having made eight saves on nine shots on goal.

“The defense was extremely resolute yet again today,” head coach Neil Macmillan told the Ohio Bobcats website. “I thought we did a great job picking up their dangerous forwards. I was happy to see Brittany play another outstanding game in goal.”

While the defense was incredible, the Bobcat offense failed to produce anything significant. They had only five shots in the entire game, but only a single shot on goal. After managing six corner attempts, the offense just never seemed to connect.

At halftime the game was left tied at zero, but the Bobcats never found a way to crack through the defense of the Wildcats. Instead, in the 41st minute of the game, Nikki Parsley took a reverse stick shot from just inside the top of the circle to beat Walker.

The Bobcats would have only a few more chances later into the game, with penalty corners from Luli Gomez Turuel and Jessica Jue. However, the ensuing shots would fall wide of the net and the Wildcats held on for the victory.

Ohio will next return to action against Indiana in Bloomington on Saturday.

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