ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio field hockey team (4-9, 2-3) fell to Kent State (6-10, 4-1) 2-1 after registering more shots on goal and more corners in an already physical game.
"I'm really proud of our team for that step [forcing penalty corners]. Kent State is known for having a really structured defense and they give up very few attack penalty corners," said head coach Ali Johnstone. "So for us to be able to get nine corners against Kent State is really good and shows that we're not just creating shots but creating a lot of danger inside their circle."
Ohio struck quickly; within the first 30 seconds of the game junior forward Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) took the first shot of the game. On back-to-back corners in the fifth minute freshman midfielder Ashley Wilbur (Louisville, Ky.) and senior forward Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) took shots, but were unable to score.
With a total of three green cards and two yellow cards between the two teams, this is one of the most physical games the team has played this season.
"It was pretty choppy and physical," said sophomore midfielder Jillian Shive (Lebanon, Ohio). "It's diligence and knowing to be five yards away…it's just being aware that the refs were going to be calling that."
Kent State's Pippa Best registered two shots on goal in the 10th and 12th minutes, but neither made it past senior Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.). At the end of the first half, Ohio registered six shots but the score remained 0-0.
In the 52nd minute, Best scored for Kent State, pulling the Golden Flashes ahead 1-0. Luisa Knapp followed with Kent State's second goal in the 59th minute. After clearing the ball from a Kent State corner, the Bobcats hustled across the field and two corners later, Shive scored Ohio's first goal of the game.
"We've been practicing framing the cage and being low and ready for the rebounds," said Shive. "If you're low and ready you should be able to get a touch like that."
In the last five minutes, the Bobcats fought hard, registering two more corners, three more shots and pulling their goalie in attempt to even out the score.
Up next, the Bobcats return to Pruitt Field for senior day to face off against No.4 Duke on Friday (Oct. 26) at 3 p.m.