ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Field Hockey (6-5, 3-1) takes down Central Michigan (2-11, 0-3) 6-1 on the road in Mount Pleasant.
The Bobcats went into their fourth conference game with an opportunity to go into a tie for second place in the Mid-American Conference standings with a win over the Chippewas. With that in mind, Ohio came out firing on all cylinders, scoring three goals in the first quarter. The first came just 1:54 into the game when junior Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.) tallied her first goal of the season to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Then, senior Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) scored goals two and three for Ohio, putting the Bobcats up big before Central Michigan could settle in.
In the second period, Ohio goalkeeper redshirt senior Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.) made four saves, one against CMU's leading goal-scorer Alice O'Hagan. Freshman Katelyn Whittle (Glenwood, Md.) put home the Bobcats' fourth goal with 2:08 left before halftime, assisted by Baker.
A quiet third quarter for both teams created a busy fourth quarter, with Ohio tallying two more goals, one from junior Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand), and the other from freshman Lucy Davis (Kettering, Ohio), the first of her career. CMU's Alice O'Hagan scored her seventh goal of the season with about eight minutes left in the game, but that was not enough to stop the great performance on the Ohio offensive side.
Overall, Ohio out-shot Central Michigan 18-14, with the Chippewas gaining more advantages from penalty corners (9-7).
The Bobcats come home for the rest of the regular season, starting with a MAC matchup with Ball State on Friday, Oct. 18 at Pruitt Field. Frist touch is scheduled for 3 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 20 Ohio gets their last chance at a Big Ten foe when the Indiana Hoosiers come to Athens. First touch is scheduled for 11 a.m.