Sept. 25, 2016
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Despite an early goal less than four minutes into regulation, the Ohio State field hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision on Sunday to Michigan State at Ralph Young Field in East Lansing. The Buckeyes are now 3-7 on the year and 0-3 in the Big Ten while Michigan State improves to 5-4, 1-1 Big Ten.
THE SHORT STORY
Whitney Harris made her first collegiate goal a memorable one, converting off a penalty corner 3:10 into the opening period to stake the Buckeyes to a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by classmate Esther Clotet Alsina. Michigan State, however, would respond with the equalizer 21 minutes later and then three scores in a seven minute span during the second half to open up a 4-1 lead. Freshman Adelaide Penzone scored in the 67th minute for the final 4-2 margin.
BUCKEYES ARE FIRST ON THE BOARD
For the fifth time in 10 games, the Buckeyes scored first. Today, the goal was off the stick of Harris, who took a pass following a penalty corner from Clotet Alsina and beat MSU goalie Sierra Patton to the lower right side of the cage. Harris, who has played and started in eight of 10 games, is the 10th different players to recorded at least one point this year.
SPARTANS TIE IT AT 1-1
Michigan State’s Kristin Matula scored her fifth goal of the season with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half when she fired in a shot from the top of the circle. It was assisted by Shelby Supica and tied the contest at 1-1, which is how it stayed through halftime.
SECOND HALF FLURRY
In a span of just under nine minutes early in the second half, Michigan State was able to rattle off three goals – each by different players – to pull away with a 4-1 lead. The first came off the stick of Megan Fenton, followed by an unassisted tally from Makenzie Brown, her first goal of the year. The rally was punctuated in the 54th minute when Simone Vagnoni converted a penalty corner, MSU’s fifth corner of the day.
PENZONE SCORES LATE IN SECOND HALF
With just under four minutes to play in regulation, Penzone and junior Maddy Humphrey connected on a goal to cut the lead to 4-2, but that’s as close as Ohio State would get. Humphrey sent the ball in on a cross and Penzone finished it off to the lower corner of the goal, her fourth score of the year. Penzone is now the team’s third leading scorer (eight points) and second leading goal producer.
JUST THE NUMBERS
Shots: Michigan State 14, Ohio State | Saves: Michigan State 3, Ohio State 1 | Penalty Corners: Ohio State 8, Michigan State 5
Goals: Harris (Clotet Alsina) 3:10 | Matula (Supica) 23:42 | Fenton (Matula) 46:11 | Brown (unassisted) 52:15 | Vagnoni (Donaldson, Matula) 53:55 | Penzone (Humphrey) 66:05
Freshmen combined to score five of Ohio State’s six points on Sunday. As a group, the freshmen class has 22 of the team’s 53 points (41.5 percent).
Ohio State returns home to face defending MAC champion Kent State (6-4) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Admission, as always, is free.