Score: Ohio 2, Davidson 1
Records: Ohio (2-8, 0-2 MAC), Davidson (0-8, 0-2 A10)
Location: Athens, Ohio
Short Story: Thanks to two goals from Kendall Ballard, the Ohio field hockey team (2-8, 0-2 MAC) continued the away portion of the 2017 season recording a 2-1 victory on the road against Davidson (0-8, 0-2 A10) on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 24) in Davidson, N.C.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game would initially be delayed
- Both squads would take shots early in the game, but neither team could get on the board right away.
- For Ohio, Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand) would take a shot on a penalty corner opportunity sent from Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia), but the Davidson keeper stopped the shot in the 13th minute.
- Soon after, Rachel Kho (Oaksville, Ontario) would send in another corner to Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) who would take the shot, but it would go wide.
- The Wildcats would strike first in the 23rd minute on a goal by Sydney McKenna off a rebound shot to give Davidson an early 1-0 lead.
- The Bobcats would attempt a response in the 33rd minute on another Warren attempt from a Keen penalty corner send in but it would be stopped by the Davidson keeper.
- Soon after, Davidson would record a foul, giving the Bobcats a penalty stroke opportunity.
- Ballard would take the stroke in the 33rd minute, scoring her sixth goal on the season and tying the game up at 1-1 just before halftime.
- Davidson would win the shot battle in the first half 6-4 while the Bobcats took the corner battle 3-2.
- Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would record three saves in the first half alone.
- The second half would begin with a penalty corner opportunity for the Wildcats, but the shot would be blocked keeping the score at 1-1.
- Ballard would respond on the other end with another shot attempt but it would go wide.
- On a follow-up penalty corner, Ballard would shoot again but her attempt was blocked.
- Ballard's work would pay off in he 45th minute on a corner send in from Keen to Emma Eggleston (Houston, Tex.) who would set the shot up for Ballard to hit the back of the net and put Ohio up 2-1.
- The Bobcats continued to control the ball throughout the half, recording another Ballard shot attempt right after the goal but it would go wide.
- Pennington would make sure the Bobcats kept the lead, stopping a Davidson shot attempt in the 55th minute.
- The Wildcats would make one last attempt to get on the board and tie the game in the 58th minute with a shot, but Pennington would notch another save.
- Davidson would call a timeout with five minutes remaining, but it would not be enough to change the 2-1 outcome of the game.
- The Bobcats would take the 2-1 victory.
- Ohio would record eight shots on the day compared to Davidson's 9.
- The Bobcats would take the corner battle 6-4.
- Ballard led the team with six shots on the game as well as two shots on goal and two goals.
- Warren would add two shots and two shots on goal for the Bobcats.
- Keen and Eggleston each recorded one assist on the game.
- Pennington would record five saves, allowing one in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Bobcats now lead the all-time series with Davidson, 6-4.
"Overall, a much better performance today. I think we carried our energy and determination that we saw on Friday night into our game today. We were passing the ball around well and we had periods of play where we controlled what we wanted to do and really controlled the possession. We did a much better job of putting multiple passes together. On many occasions, we worked the ball all the way from the backfield to our attacking 25, which is something I haven't seen us do for a good while now. Repeatedly being able to do that was very exciting to watch and really fired us up on the sidelines as we were executing at a much higher level today. Goals came from a scrappiness and our forwards looking to win corners and putting the ball on target. I'm overal lvery pleased with what we did, I'm happy to see that we could find a way to finish up the game and win the game." - Head coach Neil Macmillian
Ohio continues competition on the road against Central Michigan for a battle with the Chippewas on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.