ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (8-5, 4-1) took down the Indiana Hoosiers, 2-1 in OT, to guarantee a .500 season for the first time since 2011.
After a big win against Ball State on Friday, the Bobcats had an opportunity to snatch a win against a Power Five opponent since 2015 when they took down Michigan State at home.
Ohio dominated possession in the first half, putting two shots on the Indiana goalkeeper, and keep Indiana out of Ohio's defensive zone. The Hoosiers answered back in the second period, getting two shots of their own on redshirt senior Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.). However, both teams went into halftime without a tally next to their names.
The second half turned out to be nothing like the first half, with seven cards handed out between the two teams, including three yellows. The first one came to Ohio's senior Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.), immediately followed by a yellow for Indiana's Maddie Boehm. Junior Alex Worrallo (Kidderminster, England) earned the first of her two green cards in the 36th minute, followed by a green card for the Hoosiers less than a minute later.
Finally, at the end of the third period, the Bobcats got the opportunity they needed. Redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) earned a penalty stroke off of an Indiana infraction, and buried it home to give Ohio the lead, 1-0.
In the fourth period, things were more of the same, with Indiana earning a yellow and green card within eight seconds of each other in the 57th minute. Either way, the Hoosiers got the chance they needed with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation, with a two-woman advantage after pulling their goalkeeper, ending in an unassisted goal by Kelsey Giese.
7 on 7 overtime began at Pruitt Field, where Indiana and Ohio exchanged penalty corners early on. Shots were three to two in favor of Ohio, with new Bobcat goalkeeper, sophomore Nele Graner (Bonn, Germany), making a tremendous save to keep the game going. Then, with 1:13 left in the first overtime, Ballard ended the game with her second goal of the day, and her team-leading seventh of the season.
Graner picked up the win for Ohio, making six saves on seven Indiana shots on goal. The penalty corner battle ended in a 6-6 tie.
Next weekend, the Bobcats return to Pruitt Field for their final homestand of the season, as they take on Miami in an important MAC showdown. Then, UC Davis comes to Athens, Ohio for senior day at Pruitt Field. First touches are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.