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Field Hockey: Ohio falls to No. 17 Wake Forest in non-conference game

The No. 17 ranked team in the nation was too much for Ohio to handle as they fell 6-1 to Wake Forest thanks to one of the top freshman in the nation.

After falling down 2-0, Ohio (5-7, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) was able to answer back in the thirteenth minute with a goal from Kendall Ballard. The sophomore fired in her team-leading tenth goal of the season from the middle of the arc.

The Bobcats were on the defensive all game long, as they allowed 17 shots, 10 of them being on goal. There were seven penalty corners for Wake Forest (6-5, 0-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Bobcats only attempted two shots, both by Ballard, and the only one on goal was scored.

Ohio was not able to contain the top two goal scorers for Wake Forest as they combined for five goals in the game. Nicola Pluta, a freshman from Germany and one of the top goal scorers in the nation, scored three goals in the game to bring her season total to 14 goals. Jule Grashoff added two of her own.

Wake Forest started the game with two goals in the first six minutes of the game.

After Ohio got the goal from Ballard, Wake Forest came back with four consecutive goals from Pluta, Grashoff and Emily Adamson with one.

Alex Pennington suffered her first career loss in goal for the Bobcats after starting her career with three consecutive wins. Pennington had given up six goals in her past three games but the No. 17 ranked team in the nation was able to score six past her.

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