DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 4 Duke field hockey team fell to Ohio University, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the MSU Field Hockey Complex in East Lansing, Mich., in game two of the 2007 Champions Tournament, hosted by Michigan State.
Duke had two shot opportunities in the initial 10 minutes of the game, but each would go wide, as Ohio would eventually get on the board first with a goal from junior Estienne Coetzee on an assist from classmate and sister Rachelle Coetzee at the 20:34 mark.
The Bobcats increased their lead to 2-0 just before the halftime break, as senior Torrie Albini converted on a corner opportunity with 30 seconds remaining in the period. Junior Nikki Gnozzio and senior Lauren Stahlhuth notched assists on the play for Ohio.
Each goalie secured one save in the first period, while each team took three shots. Ohio out-cornered Duke, 2-1 in the opening period.
The second stanza saw Blue Devil goalie Caitlin Williams make seven saves, five which came in a matter of five minutes, to hold the Bobcats scoreless for the half.
Freshman Camille Dagorn found the net on an assist from classmate Casey Beyel to put the Blue Devils on the board and make the score, 2-1, at the 58-minute mark. Junior Laura Suchoski got off a shot with 12 minutes remaining in the contest, but Ohio keeper Jessie Martin made her fourth save of the day to avoid a tie score, and the Bobcats would hang on to secure a 2-1 win.
Williams recorded eight saves on the day, while Martin made four for the Bobcats. Ohio out-shot the Duke, 14-9, and out-cornered the Blue Devils, 9-3.
The Bobcats begin their 2007 campaign, 1-0, while the Blue Devils are 0-1. The all-time series between Duke and Ohio is now tied, 1-1, as the two teams had not met since 1992 until today’s contest.
Duke will square off against No. 14 Louisville on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the final game of the 2007 Champions Tournament. The Blue Devils then return home for six consecutive home games.
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