Field Hockey: Silveria’s second-half goal gives Bobcats their first win

After being held scoreless for the first 51 minutes, Megan Silveria’s 52nd-minute goal gave Ohio its first win of the season, defeating Ohio State at Pruitt Field, 1-0.

The first half was a defensive battle. Each team had opportunities in each other’s territory but could not capitalize on their opportunities. Ohio held Ohio State to only two shots in the first half, but Ohio itself was also held to only two shots as well.

Both teams were playing physical. With just under 22 minutes left in the game, there was a double green card issued. One of the two players who received a green card was Ohio’s Tatyana Nelson.

Ohio State was able to put one in the back of the net, but the ref disallowed the goal, saying that it was above the wooden backs of the net.

With 18 minutes left in the game, Ohio was able to break a scoreless tie, with Silveria scoring off a rebound to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. This was also Ohio’s first lead in any game all season.

Similar to the first half, Ohio’s defense played well in the second half. The biggest play of the game was with 12 minutes left, where the Bobcats were able to keep Ohio State scoreless on back-to-back penalty corners.

“This week at practice, we really worked on not letting them into our area to score,” Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker said. “I think working on that at practice this week really showed up in today’s game.”

Ohio (1-3) had a chance to put themselves up 2-0, but Adele Sammons’ shot hit the crossbar.

Ohio’s defense once again stopped Ohio State (1-3) late in the second half. Ohio State had a two-on-one fast break with just over two minutes to go, but the shot by Maddy Humphrey was saved by Brittany Walker.

Walker had two more saves, both coming in the last minute. Her second save came off an Ohio State corner with time running out, which promptly ending the game. Overall, she would have four saves in the game.

“We tried to defend them with all 11 players, and it worked to our advantage today,” Ohio coach Neil Macmillan said.

Ohio’s next game will be at home on Sunday against MAC foe Longwood. The game will start at 1 p.m.

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