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Ohio Field Hockey Falls to Miami in Season Finale

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Before Bobcat field hockey took on Miami, seniors Clarissa Leickly and Adele Sammons were recognized for their efforts over the past four years. However, their efforts against the RedHawks (11-7, 5-1) were not enough, as the Bobcats (8-9, 3-3) fell in a 3-0 game.

The game started off with promise for the Green and White. Two quick penalty corners in the opening minutes looked like a good sign for the rest of the day, but the ‘Cats could not cash in on either attempt and the momentum began to shift Miami’s way.

Following the aggressive start by Ohio, both teams seemed to lock it down on defense. Neither the Bobcats nor the RedHawks had a solid look for a shot, at least until Miami’s Bea Dechant was able to change that.

At the 16th minute mark, Miami received its first penalty corner, but contrary to the Bobcats, the ‘Hawks were able to score thanks to Dechant’s stick.  Miami scored again just over 10 minutes later when Paula Portugal picked her way through the Ohio defense and scored an unassisted goal. The score then read, 2-0 and stayed that way into the second half.

With another promising start for the Bobcats, they came out of half time and tallied two more penalty corners to start the second period. Though, like the first period, they yielded the same results. Zero points. After that little burst of energy out the ‘Cats, it was Miami’s game.

Miami began to control the game, dominate in every facet, and prove why they are the best team in the Mid-American Conference. They piled on another score in the 50th minute, making it 3-0 when Dechant added another goal, giving her a team high 12 on the year.

Miami was just the more efficient shooting team, as both the Bobcats and the RedHawks had eight penalty corners, which led to two points for Miami and zero for Ohio. The ‘Cats had their chances, but they just could not capitalize on the opportunities given, and in the end that lead them to a loss.

A rough way to go out for seniors Leickly and Sammons. Losing their regular season finale to longtime rival Miami. Though, they will look to bounce back, along with the rest of the team, next weekend in the MAC tournament.