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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- The Ohio field hockey team (0-2) suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime defeat at Monmouth (1-1) today at So Sweet A Cat Field.
The Bobcats got out to a fast start, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime. Junior forward Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) tallied Ohio's first goal of the 2018 season in the 18th minute, taking a feed from sophomore midfielder Annmarie Hoppel (Fredericksburg, Va.) and scoring from the short side in front of the cage.
Ohio extended its lead to 2-0 in the 21st minute courtesy of a penalty corner opportunity. Senior forward Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) scored on a deflection on the play, with freshman midfielder Ashley Wilbur (Louisville, Ky.) credited with the assist.
Unfortunately, the Hawks were able to even the score with two goals in less than three minutes in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Meg de Lange got Monmouth on the board with an unassisted goal off a rebound in the 53rd minute. Monmouth tied it up in the 56th minute, with sophomore midfielder/defender Ireen Frenken scoring off a deflection on a penalty corner chance. Junior defender Annie Deusch assisted on the play.
Neither team could break the stalemate over the final 14 minutes of regulation, forcing the overtime period. Senior forward Elyssa Okken provided the Hawks with the winner in the 77th minute, scoring on a cross from junior forward Josephine van der Hoop.
Ohio played the four-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season champions tough, with Monmouth just edging the Bobcats in shots (17-14) and penalty corners (6-5). The Bobcats put 10 of their shots on goal.
Baker led Ohio's attack with all three of her shots coming on goal. Junior forward Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) also tallied three shots on goal while two of the three shots taken by sophomore midfielder Jillian Shive (Lebanon, Ohio) came on goal.
de Lange led Monmouth with four shots. Two of the three shots taken by freshman forward Annick van Lange came on goal. Frenken recorded three shots while Okken notched two.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.) made five saves for the Bobcats while sophomore goalkeeper Gabi Millan tallied eight for the Hawks.
Ohio will make its home debut under first-year head coach Ali Johnstone next weekend, welcoming Saint Louis (Aug. 31; 3 p.m.) and Liberty (Sept. 2; 1 p.m.) to Athens to begin a stretch of five of six matches played at Pruitt Field.