By Paul Monnin
Ohio Field Hockey fought a hard match under the lights Wednesday night at Pruitt Field, but ultimately fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes in a shootout, 1-0 (3-2). After the teams battled through 70 minutes of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods in scoreless fashion, a shootout was required to decide whether the Bobcats or Buckeyes would leave the field victoriously, and it came down to the very last shot.
After exchanging goals and misses in the first four rounds of the shootout, the Bobcats saw their final attempt go wide right. Seconds later, Ohio State’s Kaitlyn Wagner outmaneuvered Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker and scored the game’s decisive goal.
“I thought we played amazingly; we played really well,” Walker said following the loss. “We had great opportunities.”
On a night in which goals were at an absolute premium, the Bobcats did have great opportunities, none more advantageous than their two penalty corners in the second overtime, the first of which senior Taylor Brown sent high and the second of which Luli Gomez Teruel sent off the goalpost.
“We played really well. As the game developed, we got unlucky,” said Ohio Head Coach Neil Macmillan, “especially with that post in the second overtime.”
The match Wednesday night was the second consecutive for the Bobcats that ended in a shootout. The Bobcats defeated Indiana on Sunday 2-1 (3-2) after finishing the second overtime tied at one. The Bobcats will try to bounce back from the close loss when they face off with Robert Morris on Saturday in Athens.