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Ohio University sophomore Sasha Dikotla (14) fights for the ball from a player from Indiana University at Pruitt Field on September 10, 2023.

Field Hockey: Ohio returns home to face off against Longwood

Match Information:

Opponent: Longwood (2-8, 0-2, MAC)

Location: Pruitt Field (Athens, Ohio)

Time and Date: Sept. 29, 3 p.m.

Ohio is coming off a 3-2 loss against Ohio State. Even though Ohio lost, it was still competitive against the No. 10 ranked team in the NCAA. The Bobcats’ defense struggled, allowing 16 shots on goal from Ohio State, while they managed 5. The Bobcats were still able to convert two of those shots into goals though, which shows an improvement in capitalizing off of opportunities. Longwood is coming off a 1-7 loss against No. 7 ranked Liberty. Liberty dominated the game defensively, allowing one shot on goal from Longwood for the entire match. 

The same can’t be said for Longwood, as it allowed 10 shots on goal which led to 7 scores for Liberty. This loss extended Longwood’s losing streak to four games, being outscored 15-4 in said games.

Players to Watch: 

Ohio’s forward Katelyn Whittle has been on a tear this season, scoring a total of 19 points for the Bobcats. Whittle, coming off a game against Ohio State where she scored both goals, kept the Bobcats in the game. Expect Whittle to continue her potency on the offensive end.

If Longwood’s goalkeeper, Santia McLaughlin, didn’t get three saves, the score of Longwood’s previous game would’ve been 10-1. With 50 saves this season, she can give Ohio problems if she stops its shots from reaching the net.

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