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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 wins double-overtime match 3-2 against Davidson

Ohio narrowly defeated Davidson by a margin of 3-2 after going into double overtime. With a match-winning goal by defender Kaelyn Long in the 77th minute, the Bobcats shift their record to 4-8.

The match began with a quick blunder on Ohio’s defense that led to a goal for Davidson by midfielder Charlie Kabelac in the initial two minutes. However, the goal was answered with a penalty corner that provided the Bobcats with multiple shot opportunities. The attack on the Wildcats’ defense ended with a goal by midfielder Jillian Shive — assisted by defender Leah Warren — with 10 minutes remaining in the first period.

The Bobcats kept scoring in the second period when Shive added another goal. The score was assisted by Long with 10 minutes left in the second period and gave Ohio the lead going into halftime.

Halfway through the third period, the Wildcats tied the match at 2-2 on a goal from midfielder Chloe Appleby. Following Appleby’s goal, the score remained stagnant, as the match became highly defensive. Neither team allowed any goals for the remainder of regulation, and the match was sent into overtime.

The Bobcats began overtime strong by putting significant pressure on the Wildcats. They recorded three shots on goal in just the first two minutes of overtime. Despite the fast-paced opening, neither Ohio nor Davidson found the back of the net during the first overtime period, extending the match further.

Things looked bleak for Ohio in the opening minutes of the second overtime. Davidson applied significant pressure on goal, putting three shots on goal in less than 30 seconds shortly after the period began. However, goalkeeper Nele Graner and the rest of the Bobcats’ defense stayed strong and did not allow a goal on any of the attempts.

The match concluded when Long scored off an unassisted shot from deep right, denying Davidson the win and earning it for Ohio.

@AlexImwalle

ai687120@ohio.edu

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