LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine field hockey team continues its Mid-American Conference schedule this weekend with road and home matchups.
On Friday, the Knights travel to Athens, Ohio to face the Ohio Bobcats at 3:30 p.m. ET. Friday will mark the third ever meeting between the two programs. The Bobcats were picked to finish sixth out of eight teams in the MAC pre-season poll and are off to a 4-8 (1-2 MAC) start this season.
Bellarmine ended its season in Athens this spring, dropping two games to the Bobcats. Ohio scored a pair of early goals in the opening quarter of the first meeting and held on to win 2-0. The Knights dropped the second game against Ohio in April by a final score of 5-1. Amber Hofenk Jerembo scored the lone goal for the Knights.
After losing five of its first six games this fall, Ohio has won two of its last three, with a pair of victories over Ball State and Davidson. The Bobcats also impressively hung with Kent State on Sept. 17, losing 3-2 in double overtime on the road.
Midfielder and Louisville native (Ursuline Academy) Jillian Shive leads Ohio with eight goals this season. Shive most recently scored twice against Davidson on Sunday. Defender Kaelyn Long leads the Bobcats with four assists, tallying three in the last two games.
Senior goalkeeper Nele Graner has a 2.56 goals against average, but has allowed no more than two goals in each of the last four games.
On Sunday, Bellarmine hosts Appalachian State in another MAC showdown at Trager Stadium at 12:00 p.m. ET. The Mountaineers are 4-4 (1-1 MAC) this season and travel to Ball State on Friday.
Appalachian State was picked to finish fifth in the MAC pre-season poll after going 7-9 (4-8 MAC) this spring. Bellarmine and the Mountaineers played twice last season in Boone, NC, with Appalachian State winning both games. Hofenk Jerembo and Teresa Schmidt each scored in a 7-2 loss, while Anna Crump scored in the second meeting.
In the cage for the Mountaineers, Addie Clark has posted a 2.01 GAA with a .762 save percentage this season. Clark has not allowed more than two goals in each of the last five games.
Bellarmine enters the weekend 1-9 after falling to Kent State last Saturday.
Goalkeeper Breanna McWhorter racked up nine more saves against Kent State for a total of 82 this season, ranking third in the country.
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