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Ohio Field Hockey to Battle Kent State and Northwestern

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Ohio field hockey stole rival Miami’s first place rank in the Mid-American Conference standings with a three game winning streak. With a 3-1 record in the MAC and an 8-6 overall record, the ‘Cats will look to extend that winning streak against Kent State and non-conference competitor Northwestern.

Kent State is no stranger to pressure; The Flashes claimed victory during their last game in double overtime after Madison Thompson sent the team into extra minutes when she made contact with the net with only two minutes left. Alison Harmatz ended the game with the final goal of the evening and Kent State left the field with a win.

Thompson tops the leader board for Kent State at seven goals, followed by Ines Delpech with three. Along with the Flashes’ offensive threat, Kent State goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart was just named MAC Defensive Player of the Week. Rinehart allowed just one goal to be made while she played 161.53 minutes guarding her net.

The offensive and defensive talent Kent State yields is sure to test the Bobcats. Kent State will host Ohio at Murphy-Mellis Field at 1 p.m. on Friday. Both teams hold a 3-1 record in conference competition, making for a nail-biting battle for victory.

On Sunday, more than one cat will be in Bobcat territory as the Northwestern Wildcats travel to Athens for a non-conference challenge.

Wildcat Isabel Flens leads the team with 14 total goals, trailed closely by three teammates, Dominique Masters, Carolin Troncelliti and Eva van Agt who each tally 10 goals. Ohio goalkeeper Lina Trucco will be defending the Bobcat net, as each team fights for superiority.

The Bobcat offense trails the Wildcats in total goals and will find it difficult to score on Wildcat goal keeper Lindsa von der Luft who has put up four shut-outs this season against Trucco’s one.

The game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. from Pruitt Field.