Score: Ohio 2, Appalachian State 3
Records: Ohio (1-8, 0-2 MAC), Appalachian State (3-6, 1-2 MAC)
Location: Athens, Ohio
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (1-8, 0-2 MAC), continued the away portion of the 2017 season suffering a 3-2 loss on the road to Appalachian State (3-6, 1-2 MAC) on a rainy Friday afternoon (Sept. 22) afternoon in Athens, Ohio.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game would initially be delayed due to lightning
- Appalachian State would strike first in the first minute on a goal by Taylor Cimbalist to give the Mountaineerss an early 1-0 lead.
- Ohio would respond in the fifth minute on a goal by Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.), her third on the season, to make it a 1-1 game.
- Baker's goal was assisted by Kennedy Farr (Niagra on-the-Lake, Ontario).
- The Bobcats would continue to attack the Mountaineers goal, but the goalkeeper would make a few big plays for Appalachian State.
- Pennington would make a big stop for Ohio on an Appalachian State corner attempt to keep the game at 1-1.
- Soon after, the Mountaineers would add another goal in the 34th minute to take a 2-1 lead just before the end of the half on another goal by Cimbalist.
- Ohio would win the shot battle in the first half, recording six and two on goal compared to five shots for Appalachian State and four on goal.
- The Mountaineers would win the corner battle in the first half, 3-0.
- The second half would begin with a quick score from Appalachian State in the 42nd minute to give the Mountaineers a 3-1 lead.
- Ohio would respond quickly once again in the 45th minute with a goal by Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.) assisted by Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) to make it a 3-2 game with 24 minutes to-play.
- Neither squad was able to convert on shot attempts for the remainder of the match.
- Appalachian State would take the contest 3-2.
- The Bobcats would win the shot battle, adding seven shots in the second period for a total of 13 shots on the game compared to two shots from Appalachian State in the second half and seven on the day.
- Both squads would record three penalty corners on the game.
- Ballard led the team with five shots on the game as well as one shot on goal and one assist.
- Spinetto and Baker each recorded a single shot on the game and a goal for Ohio.
- Farr recorded one shot and one assist on the day.
- Brittany Keen would tally two shots while Annmarie Hoppel (Fredericksburg, Va.), Emma Eggleston (Houston, Tex.) and Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario) each added one
- Pennington would record three saves, allowing three in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The all-time series with Appalachian State is now tied at 1-1.
"I was extremely happy with the overall performance today. The team put together a reall good game, but unfortunately fell on the wrong side of the results. And we were very unlucky in many areas of the game. We were really high energy throughout the game and I think both teams competed really hard; it was a very exciting game played by both teams. We created more opportunities today than we had in previous games. We were successful on one of our two corners so I was very happy with that and we had 13 shots as well. Going into the game, that was an area where we had been lacking, so to see us step up our game and come out with some results there made me really happy. I was overall disappointed with another loss. I think as a team, we need to find a way to learn to win games because that's definitely a problem right now. We have to do a better job with finishing it off. We allowed App State to score early and they did a great job of finishing on their end and we have to do a better job of finishing on ours. But overall, the performance was great and if we play like that the rest of the way we are going to be very competitive."– Head coach Neil Macmillian
Ohio continues competition on the road against Davidson for a battle with the Wildcats on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.