Field hockey loses a heartbreaker

The Ohio University Field Hockey team (5-8, 1-1 MAC) took the field for their home opener at Pruitt field and were unable to pull out a win, losing in overtime 2-1 to Central Michigan (5-8, 2-1 MAC.)

Ohio jumped out to an early lead, with Franziska Schmiedal scoring the Bobcats’ and the game’s first goal about 20 minutes in.

Ohio and Central Michigan would play pretty evenly throughout the first half, with both teams having four shots.

Second half, Central Michigan was able to get on the board roughly 12 minutes in. The Bobcats would be outplayed by Central Michigan, as they outshot the ‘Cats 6-1 and had four corners to Ohio’s zero. Brittany Walker had three saves in the second half but with Ohio unable to generate shots, the two teams would head to overtime.

In the extra session, the Bobcats had their opportunities to score with two penalty corners at 74’ and 75’. The Bobcats’ Adele Sammons and Jessica Jue were unable to convert on those shots and even though Sammons would get another opportunity in the 78th minute, it was Central Michigan converting in the 83rd minute, with Mary Alice Moore closing the deal.

Missed opportunities and inconsistency seemed to be the Bobcat’s Achilles heel Saturday. Head coach Neil Macmillan acknowledged this after the game noting, “Generally I thought we played OK, but it wasn’t a consistent game.”

The Bobcats will look to be more consistent as they take on MAC opponent Miami Wednesday at home.

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