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Ohio's Gabby Lorenzo fights for the ball during the Bobcats' game against Ohio State on Sept. 17. (FILE)

Field Hockey: Offense shows signs of life over weekend

The season was looking bleak, as the defense had to keep Ohio in every game.

That was until this past weekend, when the offense put up four goals after scoring nine in its first eight games.

Ohio ended its losing streak Sunday at eight games and beat Davidson 2-1. The Bobcats showed the promise the team has if all parts are performing. 

The offense, having picked up its scoring, will give the team confidence going into its remaining games.

Most Mid-American Conference games average three or four goals scored every game, so Ohio will feel better with its offense stepping up.

Only having four different scorers is a problem for Ohio, as opponents can focus on them and not worry about others scoring. 

The rotation of six forwards has helped the players stay fresh and use their speed to challenge defenses, but is making it difficult for the midfield and backfield players to develop chemistry in games. 

Ohio is better in net than last year, only having allowed 2.4 goals per game. The key player is goalie Alex Pennington, who is saving .683 of opponents’ shots.

Statistically, Leah Warren is the best backfield player with four defensive saves to her name, but the whole backfield is redirecting opponents’ attacks constantly.

Currently the Bobcats sit at the bottom of the MAC standings. 

But only three of the seven conference teams have played two or more games. Having lost to Appalachian State means there isn't a great chance for the No. 1 seed.

To make the conference tournament, Ohio will likely have to win three of its four remaining MAC games. That will be tough, but not impossible with the offense improving.

Ohio heads to Michigan to take on Central Michigan (0-9, 0-1 MAC) Saturday in a winnable game for the Bobcats.


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