Score: Ohio 6, Saint Louis 1
Records: Ohio (1-0, 0-0 MAC), Saint Louis (0-2, 0-0 A-10)
Location: Muncie, Ind.
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (1-0, 0-0 MAC) started the 2017 season with a 6-1 victory over Atlantic 10 Conference foe Saint Louis (0-2, 0-0 A-10) on Saturday (Aug. 26) in Muncie, Ind.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Junior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) provided Ohio with its first goal of the season in the third minute, firing a shot on a penalty corner from Emma Eggleston (Houston, Tx.).
- Ohio would double its lead only a few minutes later, when senior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) put one past freshman Saint Louis keeper, Lillian Cossetto. Ballard picked up the assist on the goal that gave the Bobcats a 2-0 advantage.
- The Bobcats continued to be aggressive on offense when in the 15th minute, sophomore Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) earned a goal for Ohio off a missed penalty corner to make it a 3-0 game.
- Saint Francis would bring the deficit back to two in the 27th minute off of a deflection to bring the score to 2-1 going into halftime.
- At the half, Ohio outshot Saint Louis 7-2 and earned more corner chances 5-1.
- Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.) would get the start in goal for the first half, notching one save on the day.
- Freshman Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.) would increase Ohio's lead yet again in the 43rd minute off a deflection to notch her first career goal and to give Ohio a 4-1 lead.
- Ballard then made a big play for the Bobcats in the 44th minute off another corner chance, expanding Ohio's lead to 5-1. Picking up assists on the play were Eggleston and Baker.
- Ballard would add another goal to her total on the game in the 59th minute on another corner opportunity to give her three on the game and solidify Ohio's 6-1 victory.
- Saint Louis would make four shot attempts in the second half, but Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) protected the net in the second half and recorded one save on the game while Cossetto recorded six.
- Ohio outshot Saint Louis 12-6 and won the corner battle 9-3.
- Ballard led both squads with five shots and three goals as well as one assist on the day.
- Spinetto would record two shots and one goal while Eggleston tallied three assists. Russell and Baker would each add one shot to Ohio's shot total.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Ohio improves to 21-15-1 (.569) in season openers since the NCAA era began including 7-6 under 13th year head coach Neil Macmillian since 2005.
- The Bobcats are now 10-5-2 all-time against the Billikens.
- Neil Macmillan now has an all-time record of 123-113. He is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey and is two victories away from becoming the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history.
"We played a really good game today I was very impressed with our corner execution, we did a really good job of attacking corners. Kendall's finishing was outstanding right in the side of the goal and she had really good power, but she can't get that shot off without a really good corner. I thought our overall game play was solid, we played with good tempo and good speed and it was great to see all of the freshmen out there and they all contributed to the game. Now we have to rehab and get ready for a tough conference rival match-up tomorrow." – Head coach Neil Macmillian
Ohio closes out the opening weekend of the 2017 season with a match against Ball State on Sunday (Aug. 27) at 2 p.m. in Muncie, Ind.