Sept. 23, 2012
Site: Athens, Ohio (Pruitt Field)
Score: #10 Northwestern 2, Ohio 1
Records: NU (9-2, 0-1 Big Ten), Ohio (4-5, 0-1 MAC)
Next NU Event: Friday, Sept. 28 -- vs. Penn State (Thomas Athletic Complex), 2 p.m.
ATHENS, Ohio -- Freshman Caroline Troncelliti broke a tie score with a goal in the 59th minute of play as the 10th-ranked Northwestern field hockey team posted a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ohio at Pruitt Field Sunday afternoon.
It was a bounce-back win for the Wildcats who saw their seven-match win streak come to an end in a 3-2 loss at Ohio State in their Big Ten opener on Friday.
"We're happy to bounce back and defeat a good Ohio team," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "Our defense played very well today and limited the Bobcats to very few shots. We're happy to now be coming home for five straight matches."
NU got on the board first on Sunday as Tara Puffenberger found Chelsea Armstrong in front for a goal at the 9:15 mark. It was the Big Ten-leading 16th goal of the year for Armstrong and the 87th in her career.
The lead held up throughout the remainder of the first half. The Wildcats had a number of opportunities to build on their advantage, but Bobcat goalie Brittany Walker made four saves over the opening 35 minutes of play, including three on Armstrong. Meanwhile, the staunch Northwestern defense held Ohio without a shot over the opening stanza.
However, the hosts took advantage of a penalty corner to pull even at 47:05 as Adele Sammons notched her first goal of the year as a deflected shot made it a 1-1 game.
The game remained tied until a little over 11 minutes remained in the contest when Troncelliti took a feed from Kaylee Pohlmeyer and slid a shot by Walker to put NU in front for good.
The Wildcats finished with an advantage of 9-6 in shots, including 7-1 in shots on goal. Ohio had a slim 6-5 edge in penalty corners.
Northwestern returns to action at 2 p.m. Friday as it hosts sixth-ranked Penn State. The match is being televised live by Big Ten Network.
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