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Ohio University field hockey players fight against Western Michigan University for the ball during the home game on Friday, March 26, 2021 in Athens, Ohio.

Field Hockey: Ohio falls short in 3-2 double-overtime loss to Kent State

Ohio traveled to face No. 23 Kent State for its first Mid-American Conference match of the season. Despite pushing the match into double-overtime, Ohio suffered its sixth loss of the season 3-2.

The Bobcats fell behind early when the Golden Flashes’ forward Sydney Washburn scored in the 12th minute. The Bobcats managed to hold their deficit to one goal for the first half, but most of their time was spent on defense. They only recorded four shots in the first half compared to the Golden Flashes’ seven.

For three periods, Ohio had no response to Kent State. The gap widened when Clara Rodriguez Seto scored to put the Bobcats down by two goals. Ohio mounted a comeback after back-to-back goals in the fourth period by Bodhi Littlefield and Lucy Davis forced Ohio’s first overtime of the season.

The Bobcats entered overtime off the boost from Littlefield and Davis’s goals, but nothing came out of it. Neither team found success in the first overtime period. Goalkeeper Nele Graner managed to make three saves to keep the Bobcats’ hopes alive, but zero shots from the offense forced a second overtime.

The second overtime didn’t last long. In the 75th minute, Washburn scored the match-winning goal on a fast break, and Ohio left Murphy-Mellis Field defeated. The loss was Ohio’s first match to go into double-overtime since 2019, which was a penalty shootout loss to Miami.

Ohio’s next match will be on the road again. It will travel to play Saint Francis in Loretto, Pennsylvania Sept. 19. The match is set to begin at noon.

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