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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (1-0) opened the season with a 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Drexel Dragons (0-1) this afternoon at Pruitt Field.
The Dragons started the scoring early when sophomore Avery Powell knocked one past Ohio goalkeeper redshirt senior Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.) just 4:29 into the first quarter. The Bobcats tallied three chances in the same quarter but couldn't capitalize.
Drexel went into halftime with a 2-0 lead after junior Katie Ronan scored for the Dragons. However, the second half was a different story. Just 2:38 into the third quarter, redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) created her own chance and blasted one by the Dragons' goalkeeper to bring the Bobcats within one.
Ohio made it two unanswered just before the end of the third, when junior Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand) tallied her first of two goals for the match, assisted by sophomore Ashley Willbur (Louisville, Ky.).
In the fourth quarter, the Bobcats started to pull away when freshmen Katelyn Whittle (Glenwood, Md.) scored the first goal of her career, assisted by Ballard.
Then, with just a few ticks left on the clock, Leah Warren left no doubt, tallying her second goal of the game, assisted once again by Ballard.
In total, the Bobcats outshot the Dragons 14-9, getting nine and six on goal respectively. After allowing two goals, Boothby halted the Dragon attack, saving their last four opportunities. The Bobcats' defense held strong in the second half as well, allowing just four total shots.
Ohio looks to continue their good fortune as they face No. 23 Boston University at 7 p.m. ET Saturday (Aug. 31) at Pruitt Field.