Score: Ohio 3, Ball State 0
Records: Ohio (4-10, 2-3 MAC), Ball State (4-9, 0-2 MAC)
Location: Athens, Ohio
Short Story: On goals from Kennedy Farr (Niagra-on-the-lake, Ontario), Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) and Maria Russel (Hudson, Ohio) the Ohio field hockey team celebrated a 3-0 shutout over MAC-opponent Ball State (4-9, 0-2 MAC) on Thursday (Oct. 12). Before the match, Ohio seniors Megan Silveira (Kitchener, Ontario), Kennedy Farr, Maria Russell, and Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario) were honored on the field for their contributions to the Ohio program.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ohio would come out with lots of energy and waste no time, as Kennedy Farr (Niagra-on-the-lake, Ontario) was first to score in the 2nd minute, her first goal of the season.
- Russell would earn the assist on the goal, her first on the season.
- A penalty corner was taken by sophomore Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) in the 6th minute.
- Shortly after, in the 7th minute, Baker would score her fourth goal of the season to put Ohio up 2-0 over the Cardinals. Baker was assisted on by Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.)
- In the 27th minute, Ballard got a shot on goal that was blocked.
- Also in the 27th minute, sophomore Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) would take another corner opportunity.
- The Bobcats won the shot battle in the first half, recording six shots on goal compared to none from Ball State.
- Ohio had three penalty corner opportunities in the first half, compared to none from the Cardinals.
- Ball State's Grace Chavez had one save in the first half, allowing two goals. Junior Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) had no saves.
- The Bobcats came out aggressive in the second half, losing none of their spirit at halftime.
- Ohio was quick to strike again in the 38th minute, with Russel netting her sixth goal of the season to put Ohio up 3-0.
- Michelle Shampton had the Cardinals' first shot on goal in the 41st minute, but Pennington would get the save.
- Ball State had its first corner opportunity in the 47th minute but Pennington would notch another save to keep Ohio's lead intact.
- Ohio's last penalty corner came from Keen in the 49th minute.
- Ohio continued the offensive pressure deep into the second half, as Ballard had a shot on goal in the 50th minute, but Ball State would get the save.
- In the final minutes of the game, Main took the Cardinals last corner, followed by a shot on goal from Rachel Pereira that was saved once again by Pennington.
- At the end of the second half, Ball State won the shot battle 3-2, but the Bobcats won the shot battle for the match 8-3.
- The Cardinals had two penalty corners in the second half, and Ohio had one.
- Pennington had three saves in her 70 minutes of play, while Chavez had one.
- Ballard led the Bobcats with three shots on goal, followed by Russel who had two, and Farr, freshman Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand), and Baker each added one.
- The Bobcats won the total corner battle 4-2.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Ohio now leads the series with Ball State 39-34.
- This was the Bobcats last game at Pruitt Field for the 2017 season, as well as the last game for seniors Russel, Kho, Silveira, and Farr.
#10 - Kennedy Farr
On scoring the first goal of the game and her first of the season
"It felt amazing. All of my teammates contributed to that; we all worked it up the field, our passing was great and then I was the one who put it in, fortunately. But with the other seniors getting an assist, that was great."
On maintaining possession of the ball for the majority of the game
"All this week and last week we've been really working on and harping on working together as a team. I think we showed that today. I think, from our side all the way up to their side, we really combined it together and worked really well passing the ball and looking for the open pass versus just forcing it through. We did a really good job of that."
On their performance and energy for the last home game
"We tried doing that all season, but today was a day where we really just gave it our all; we pretty much said, 'We have nothing to lose today; let's just make this last home game a great game.' So we came out with a lot of energy and we wanted to win this one."
On three out of four seniors playing a hand in the first goal
"That felt amazing. Unfortunately, Megan wasn't in that, but it was a great experience to have. Especially in the senior game, last home game, and coming up from four years together—it was great to have that assist to go with our senior game."
Head coach Neil Macmillian
On the aggressive start
"Very much so. We've been working it and trying to start well. We've played a lot of good second halves, so I told them, 'Just pretend it's the second half,' because that seems to motivate us. We wanted to start hard; it was a goal of our to get a shot and a corner; in the first 10 minutes we had both of those and scored. That was a really good start."
On the senior participation in the first goal
"It was great. They've done so well this year in terms of developing their positioning and their combinations up front. It really was that: taking the ball down the line, which we've been working on, and Kennedy put herself in the right place."
On post-season potential
"We told them before, 'Teams want to play games that mean something at the end of the season, and this was a game that meant something if we wanted to continue to play.' We've been playing as well as this for a while we just haven't gotten results. Today was about focusing on getting results. That is something we don't say as coaches— we usually worry about the process more, but we knew we had to get on the scoreboard that early. Then it was really important to get those three goals.