Aug. 31, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio -
Thanks to a pair of second-half goals by junior Sofi Laurito
, the Boston University field hockey team earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory at Ohio on Sunday afternoon.
After the Bobcats took what would be their lone lead of the contest at 3-2 early in the second half, Laurito tied it up less than three minutes later before adding the game winner in the 63rd minute.
Sophomores Sara Martineau and Amanda Cassera gave BU first-half leads of 1-0 and 2-1, respectively, with their first goals of the season.
The Terriers improve to 1-1 on the season while the Bobcats were playing in their season opener. BU held an 11-4 advantage in shots and earned five corners while allowing only three.
Martineau opened the scoring at the 11:11 mark when she beat the keeper to the ball in the middle of the circle and put it in. Ohio came right back 13 seconds later, however, as Maria Russell scored her first of two goals on the day to make it a 1-1 affair.
At 18:29, Cassera gave BU the lead again. The sophomore picked up a loose ball and then sent it home on a second effort to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage.
The Bobcats created a halftime draw when Adele Sammons scored off a corner with an assist from Lauryl Desch at 31:42.
Russell gave Ohio the lead just 4:09 into the latter half, finishing her two-goal effort on the day.
That lead would be short-lived, however, as Laurito found the back of the cage off a broken corner at the 42:03 mark.
Twenty minutes later, Laurito struck again with the game winner, corralling a ball in the midfield before penetrating the circle and drilling a reverse-stick shot from the left side that was no match for Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker at 62:53.
Senior Valentina Cerda Eimbcke
earned the win in goal but did not record a save. Walker stopped two BU shots for the Bobcats.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Sept. 5) when they take on No. 12 Stanford in a neutral-site contest at New Hampshire. Game time in Durham is set for 7 p.m.