Score: Ohio 0, Cornell 1
Records: Ohio (1-2, 0-0 MAC), Cornell (1-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Location: Ithaca, N.Y.
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (1-2, 0-0 MAC) continued the 2017 season suffering a tough 1-0 loss to Cornell (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) on a cold, rainy Friday (Sept. 1) in Ithaca, N.Y.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Cornell would strike first in the fourth minute on a goal by Gabby DePetro to give the Big Red a 1-0 lead early in the first half.
- Cornell would attempt to strike again on a corner in the sixth minute, but Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would make her first stop of the game to keep the Big Red lead to 1-0.
- Cornell would attempt to increase its lead on two more shots, but couldn't get the ball past Pennington on either try.
- At the half, Cornell recorded five shots while the Bobcats recorded one.
- Both teams were consistent in fouling throughout the first half; Ohio tallied 15 fouls while Cornell recorded 11 on the half.
- Pennington would make three saves in the first 35 minutes of the match, allowing one.
- The second half would start with an aggressive Ohio offense.
- Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) would send in a corner in the 38th minute, but Cornell would quickly take back the possession.
- The Bobcats would keep the momentum alive in the 44th minute when Emma Spinetto would make a strategic shot before the Cornell keeper notched another save on the half.
- The Big Red would respond for the first time in the second half in the 48th minute on a shot by Maddy Conklin, but it would go wide.
- Ohio would get a last-minute chance to change the fate of the game in the 69th minute on a corner, but the Bobcats were unable to convert in time, giving Cornell the 1-0 victory.
- The Bobcats would record two shots on the game while Cornell tallied seven.
- Ohio recorded three penalty corners on the day while the Big Red recorded four.
- Spinetto and Russell each recorded a single shot for Ohio, both were also shots on goal.
- Pennington came away with three saves while she allowed one goal in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Bobcats are now 0-2 with Cornell
- Neil Macmillan now has an all-time record of 125-115. He is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey and has notched his place in the record books as the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history.
"We started the game extremely well, I thought the pressure in the first five to 10 minutes was excellent, but our inability to turn that pressure into anything on the attacking end really let us down. We had enough good possessions higher up the field to create opportunities, but there was no execution in the attacking and there was very little we challenged the goalkeeper with. Our defense was pretty solid, I thought Alex had an excellent game in goal; she had a couple of critical saves to keep the game at a one-goal difference. Overall, it was a game we really could have turned into a victory had we just had a little bit more awareness of each other and working together." – Head coach Neil Macmillian
Ohio continues the away slate of the 2017 season with a match against Syracuse on Sunday (Sept. 3) at 2 p.m.