Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Field Hockey Gets Victory in Penalty Shootout After Intense Game

Photo by Shea Laursen, Production Editor
Oberlin’s field hockey team celebrates their win.

Last weekend, the Oberlin women’s field hockey team earned their second win of the season against Transylvania University. This is the team’s first home win this year, realized at Bailey Field.

“It feels great,” fourth-year Ruby Schreiber said. “We haven’t had a lot of home games this year, so it was nice to see some success on our turf and having family and friends coming out to support in the lead up to the end of the season.” 

Transylvania dominated possession in the first quarter of the game but never managed to get past the Oberlin defense. In the second quarter, Transylvania continued to control possession, but Oberlin’s second-year goalkeeper Janny McCormick made three saves to keep the game level. The third quarter brought more action as the Yeowomen were more involved in the attack, getting a few shots into the area and some corner shots. Finally, in the fourth quarter, the team was able to get the draw to force the game into overtime to try and get the win there.

“It was definitely mentally tough; staying in the game for a full 60 minute regulation and 20 minute OT had its challenges.” Schreiber said. “By the time shootouts rolled around and the scoreboard could finally match the success we were seeing on the field, we were all feeling happy and relieved.”

The first shot of the penalty shootout resulted in the game-winning penalty scored by fourth-year Abbie Patchen, who shot the ball into the right side of the cage. 

“Everyone worked hard for 80 minutes to put me in a position to score the shootout.” Patchen said. “Luckily, our team has a lot of experience taking games to overtime and shootouts, so I have been in that position many times before. It is thrilling and such a relief to score when it is your turn to go 1 vs. 1 with the goalie.”

Second-year Elly Scheer spoke about how she played a critical role in the game as the shot leader for the team with two shots.

“Being the shot leader for this game is so exciting,” Scheer said. “As a defender, I don’t get a lot of chances to be able to take shots, and when I did get the chance to take the ball on the offensive side of the field, I tried my best to work as hard as I could for our team.” Scheer said. “Regardless of whether it was myself or another teammate, having shots on goal is always an impressive feat, and I am so proud of my entire team no matter what the statistics say.”

The team’s final game of the season will also be their Senior Day, which will celebrate the five seniors on the team.

“I definitely have mixed feelings about senior day,” Schreiber said. “While I’m excited to play with the team for one last time and celebrate the four other seniors and the hard work we have put in, I will be sad that my Oberlin field hockey career will come to a close. It’s been such an amazing four years with the team, and I will miss them dearly.”

The final field hockey game of the regular season will be against Allegheny College this Saturday at 4 p.m. on Bailey Field.

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