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Ohio Field Hockey: Despite Numerous Scoring Chances, Ohio Falls to Central Michigan on Saturday

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A gorgeous and sunny skyline once again set the stage on Saturday evening at Pruitt Field.  As the sun set, the Bobcats and Chippewas took the field for their second meeting in as many nights.

While the weather was pretty in Athens, the result for the Ohio field hockey team didn’t live up to that standard.  After Ohio knocked off Central Michigan on Friday night, the Chippewas (4-3) returned the favor on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over the Bobcats (2-4).

“You have to give major credit to Central Michigan for the way they defended,” Ohio head coach Ali Johnstone said.  “They were so physical and they didn’t let anything easy happen tonight.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Jillian Shive tallied the first goal of the game with a goal in the 25th minute.  Shive also scored two goals for the Bobcats on Friday night.

Central Michigan had just three shots on goal in the entire game — two of them made the difference in the game.

Just two minutes after Shive’s goal, the Chippewas evened things back up at one as Taryn Damm scored off a penalty corner.

Coming out of the halftime break, Callie Quinn beat Nele Granier to give the Chippewas their first lead of the weekend.

The only true opportunity the Bobcats had to tie came at the end of the third quarter.  On a penalty corner, the Bobcats’ shot hit the side of the net.

Claire Buckey (4) tries to steer the ball away from Bobbimarie Parker (2). (Evann Figueroa/WOUB)
Claire Buckey (4) tries to steer the ball away from Bobbimarie Parker (2). (Evann Figueroa/WOUB)

Ohio is back in action on Friday, April 2 at 1 p.m. against Appalachian State.  The Bobcats look to return to the win column.

“Details on how we defend [will be important next weekend] and communication.  We talked a lot about our finishing, our forwards have been doing really well getting movement,” Johnstone said.  “The communication needs to step up for next weekend for sure.”

The Bobcats will also face off against Appalachian State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.