Late Goal Pushes Ohio Past Missouri State

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It was a foggy Halloween for the Ohio University field hockey team’s last contest of conference play against the Missouri State Bears. Clarissa Leickly scored off a penalty corner in the second half to push Ohio ahead, and the Bobcats held on, 2-1.

Leickly’s shot was deflected off the goalie and popped into the goal, becoming her first score of the season. This was the only corner opportunity that resulted in a Bobcat goal.

The Bobcats outshot the Bears 15-7 and earned four times as many penalty corner opportunities. But the Green and White was unable to capitalize on those corners for much of the afternoon.

The Bears offense had a difficult time competing with the Bobcat defense. Missouri State spent a majority of playing time on its side of the field defending.

After 30 minutes of rigorous back and fourth play, sophomore Hannah Kingsbury scored the first goal for the Bobcats and her first of the season. The Bears evened the score only a few minutes later with a goal off a rebound by freshman Holly Scherer. That was the only time the Bears penetrated the Bobcat defense.

Although the Ohio defense had a great game on paper, Leickly said the team started slow on that end of the field. She said Ohio’s defense progressed as the game went on.

Ohio closes its regular season with a game at home against No. 10 Wake Forest.