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Ohio's Emma Eggleston steals the ball during the game against Ball State on Oct. 12. The Bobcats won 3-0. (FILE)

Field Hockey: Final two games mirror rest of turbulent season for Ohio

The last weekend of play for Ohio resembled most of the season. Ohio's defense was under constant pressure as the offense struggled to create opportunities.

The Bobcats dropped their final two games of the season despite 23 saves from Alex Pennington against a Mid-American Conference rival in Kent State and a nationally ranked opponent in Louisville.

Ohio (4-12, 2-4 MAC) fell to No. 9 Louisville 6-0 as the Cardinals attempted 10 shots in the first 14 minutes.

The pressing defense Ohio played allowed Louisville numerous opportunities. Once the Cardinals broke the Bobcats' press, it was trouble. It resulted in 33 shots for Louisville (12-6, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), 24 of those shots on goal, for a six-goal outburst. Pennington set a career-high in saves with 18 on Sunday.

Ohio was unable to create opportunities Friday, as it lost its final MAC game of the year against rival Kent State 1-0.

Pennington kept Ohio in the game with five saves, as Laila Richter was able to beat Pennington in the 41st minute for the only goal of the game.

It looked like Ohio had a chance to tie the game late, but it was unable to score on a late penalty corner. After the corner, Ohio got the ball back with under a minute left. Brittany Keen fired a shot on goal, but Kylie Leblanc saved it to maintain the shutout and lead.

Ohio finished MAC play at 2-4, placing the team in fifth place. Ohio has now missed the conference tournament for the second straight season. At 4-12, it is Ohio's sixth straight season with a losing record and the worst record for an Ohio team since 1989.

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