Field Hockey Falls To Ohio 2-1 In Overtime Shootout
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana University field hockey team dropped a heartbreaking, 2-1 decision to visiting Ohio University today, Sept. 9 at the IU Field Hockey Complex after battling the Bobcats through 100 minutes of play before falling in a game-deciding, best-of-five shootout.
Audra Heilman was the lone member of IU's squad to tally a goal, successfully converting on one of her three shots this afternoon. Morgan Fleetwood led IU with 10 shots on the day, three of which were on goal.
Maggie Olson played well despite the loss (0-1). She made seven saves between the posts, including several key stops late in the contest.
Through the first 35 minutes, both teams endured a physical back-and-forth battle, tying in both shots (seven) and penalty corners (four) in the first half.
IU waited until the 46th minute to claim the game's first lead. Hannah Boyer fired a shot toward Ohio's cage, and Heilman was positioned perfectly to collect the rebound and push it by Ohio's Brittany Walker to put the Hoosiers up, 1-0.
The Bobcats responded in the 55th minute on a Ashley Cureton goal to knot the score at one apiece and push the contest into overtime.
Ohio threatened just two minutes into the first overtime session with numbers on the attack, but Olson foiled the Bobcats efforts with a huge save to keep IU alive.
Despite having several key opportunities for both teams, neither squad managed to record the game-winner through two overtime periods, leading to an eventual game-decisive shootout.
After Ohio successfully converted on its first try, Heilman netted the Hoosiers' first attempt to tie the shootout at one. Ohio pulled ahead, 2-1, on its third attempt, but Nicole Volgraf answered with a make to tie it at 2-2; however, OU would eventually net a third, unanswered shot to take the shootout by a score of 3-2 and close the contest a 2-1 win.
The Hoosiers will look to bounce back on Saturday, Sept. 15 when they host California at the IUFH Complex at 1 p.m.
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