Published Sat, Sep 10, 2011 8:23 pm Dateline
After more than 79 minutes of play, in the fourth of five straight road games, Ohio field hockey is off to the best start in school history, and it has Taylor Brown to thank for it.
Brown's overtime goal helped Ohio beat #8 American University 2-1 and improve to 6-0 in 2011.
American (2-1) scored first, 41 minutes in, when Natalie Ellenberger scored off a rebound that got away from Ohio goaltender Jen McGill, but Ohio responded nearly immediately.
Ohio defender Louzeth Schutte smashed home a shot after a Bobcat corner, and the score was notted at one. Schutte's goal in the 50th minute was her third of the season, which is more than she had in the entire 2010 campaign (Schutte had two in 2010).
American and Ohio went to overtime after the 70-minute regulation was complete, and Brown's fifth goal of the season - also off an Ohio corner play - moved the 'Cats to 6-0.
The unbeaten start is the best in program history, eclipsing the 5-0-1 mark set by the 1981 team, according to Ohio University Athletics.
The Lady 'Cats have one more road contest in the five-game stint away from Pruitt Field, which is a Friday afternoon clash with the Coloniels of Robert Morris University (PA).