Score: Ohio 0, Louisville 6
Records: Ohio (4-12, 2-4 MAC), Louisville (11-6, 4-2 ACC)
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (4-11, 2-4 MAC) suffered a tough 6-0 loss to Louisville (11-6, 4-2 ACC) on a cold Sunday afternoon in Louisville, Ky.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals would get on the board early in the first half on a penalty corner opportunity to put Louisville up 1-0.
- Louisville would take 15 more shot attempts in the first half, but Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would record nine saves in the half to keep the Cardinals lead at 1-0 going into halftime.
- The Bobcats recorded two shots in the first half on attempts by Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) and Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.).
- Ohio would record one penalty corner opportunity compared to eight earned by the Cardinals in the first half.
- Louisville would lead 1-0 at halftime.
- Pennington would make back-to-back saves in the first few minutes of the second half.
- Louisville would add to its lead in the 40th minute on a rebounded shot attempt.
- Soon after in the 43rd minute, the Cardinals would strike again on a dribble into the circle by Alli Bitting to put Louisville up 3-0.
- Louisville would make a change in goalkeepers in the 50th minute, allowing Hollyn Barr to protect the cage.
- Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) would attack the goal in the 53rd minute, but Barr would record her first save of the game.
- Russell would make another attempt to shorten the Cardinals' lead in the 53rd minute, but it would be saved by Barr.
- Pennington would record two saves and a block within four minutes.
- The Cardinals would score again in the 57th minute on a shot to the left side of the post to increase their lead to 4-0.
- Pennington remained aggressive protecting the goal, recorded back-to-back saves on shot attempts in the 61st minute.
- The Cardinals would earn another penalty corner opportunity in the 67th minute, earning a goal by Abby Grimes to increase the lead to 5-0.
- Louisville would look to score again quickly after on a shot attempt in the 69th minute, but Pennington would make another stop.
- Louisville would notch its final point of the match in the very last minute on a deflected shot by Madison Walsh to finish the game with a 6-0 victory.
- The Cardinals would win the shot battle, recording 33 on the day and 24 shots on goal compared to four shots by the Bobcats with three on goal.
- Louisville would also win the corner battle 11-1.
- Pennington posted 18 saves in her 70 minutes of work on 24 shots faced.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Pennington posted a career-high in saves with 18.
- Her previous high was 17 against Kent State (Oct. 21) in 2016.
"I was very proud of how the team played today, they fought really hard and showed great effort and energy throughout the game. We were encouraged coming in at halftime with a 1-0 scoreline. After the second half, they really started to break us down with their execution in open field play and off their corners. I was disappointed that we gave up two late goals, I think we had done well especially Alex [Pennington] in goal, to hold them to four total up until that point. I want to say thank you to all of our seniors. All of them worked extremely hard today and it was a representation of how hard they've been working all four years and their service to Ohio field hockey." - Head coach Neil Macmillian