ATHENS, Ohio— The Ohio field hockey team (4-8) (2-2) is set to continue conference play this Friday (Oct. 19) at home against the Kent State Golden Flashes (5-10) (3-1). The game against Kent State will start at 3 p.m. on Pruitt Field
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 | Ohio v. Kent State| 3:00 p.m. | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats
JOHNSTONE ERA BEGINS
The Ohio field hockey program began a new era this season as Ali Johnstone made her debut as head coach of the Bobcats.
Johnstone, a former Bobcat standout and member of the Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame, returns to Athens after spending the last six years on the coaching staff at Northwestern -- including the last four as the associate head coach. Johnstone's coaching staff consists of first-year assistant Louisa Boddy and second-year assistant Andrea Rinehart.
NEW CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT FORMAT
By virtue of winning last season's league tournament title, Miami will host to the 2018 MAC Championship Oct. 31-Nov. 3) in Oxford. All seven teams will qualify for the conference tournament this season, with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receiving byes to the semifinals. The No. 6 and No. 7 seeds will face off in a play-in game, with the winner taking on the No. 3 seed in the quarterfinals. The No. 4 and No 5 seeds will matchup in the other quarterfinal contest. The 2018 MAC Championship Final will take place on Nov. 3, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Championship Field as conference champion. A total of 18 teams will qualify for the 2018 tournament. Ten teams will receive automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments and an additional eight teams will earn at-large bids. The national semifinals (Nov. 16) and championship match (Nov. 18) will be held at Louisville's Trager Stadium.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Bobcats will match up against Kent State (5-10). Kent State has a current record of 3-1 in conference play this season with wins over Longwood, Central Michigan and Ball State. The Golden Flashes are led by Clara Rodriguez SetÓ who has scored 5 goals this season. Kent State is averaging 11.8 shots per game with the average of 1.73 goals per game. The Golden Flashes defense has made 73 saves so far into this season with a total .670 save average.
The Bobcats will stay home in Athens next Friday (Oct. 26) to face No.4 Duke for their senior day and last home game of the 2018 season. The match will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST. on Pruitt Field