Michigan State couldn’t score on Ohio in regular time, but it only needed four minutes of overtime to win the game. Only 3:44 into the first extra period, Allie Ahern shot a ball assisted by Abby Barker. Brittany Walker, who had four saves, couldn’t get to the ball and with that shot, the Spartans won the game.
Ohio played very well. “90 percent of play was in their half,” said head coach Neil Macmillan. “We just didn’t score.”
The Bobcats had five shots, two of which were on goal. The Spartan defense was strong, and Molly Cassidy saved shots when needed.
Penalty corners were a big part of this game. Ohio had five corners, three of which came in the second half.
“We could not convert any corners, and that was frustrating,” remarked Macmillan. Michigan State had troubles with its corners as well. They had eight total, with seven of them coming in the second half, but weren’t able to score off of them.
Luli Gomez Teruel played with a lot of intensity and had some amazing passes. One of her passes was a touch pass that she squeezed between two Spartan defenders to a running Jessica Jue. Taylor Brown, who leads the team with seven goals scored, only had one shot.
Today’s loss gives Ohio a 7-6 record headed into their next game against Missouri State. “The game today is another one we let slip this year,” said Macmillan. “We have to take Missouri State seriously so this doesn’t happen again.”
The loss today snapped a three-game winning streak for Ohio, so expect the ‘Cats to play with great intensity against Missouri State. The game is Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 pm.