Sept. 24, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – For the third time in as many conference games, Ohio State dropped an overtime contest on Sunday afternoon against Michigan State at Buckeye Varsity Field. With the score knotted up at one apiece after 100 minutes of play (70 regulation, 30 overtime), the outcome was decided via a shootout in which the Spartans prevailed by a tally of 3-2.
Ohio State’s overall record drops to 4-5 in 2017 (0-3 in the Big Ten) while a trip to the West Coast with matchups against UC Davis and Stanford await next weekend. The Spartans picked up their sixth win of the year moving to 6-5 (1-1 Big Ten).
After 100 minutes of play, Ohio State found itself in its first shootout since the 2013 season. With each team getting five attempts each in the first set of penalty strokes, Ohio State and Michigan State both scored twice. The Scarlet and Gray used scores from Maartje Bongers and Juliette Duquesne to stretch the shootout into sudden death.
After Michigan State’s Simone Vagnoni made her penalty stroke in the seventh round, Bongers faced a must make situation and her attempt was denied by Katie Miller, giving the Spartans the shootout win with a 3-2 advantage.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half with the Buckeyes getting two shots on net. Michigan State could not capitalize on any of their three penalty corners throughout the first 35 minutes. Senior Buckeye goalkeeper Liz Tamburro had three saves in the first half.
Less than six minutes into second half, Michigan State scored a goal shortly after their fifth penalty corner of the game. Vagnoni’s initial shot was blocked by an Ohio State defender before Sophie Macadre put the rebound back in the net for the lead.
Having only attempted one shot through the first 20 minutes of the second half, head coach Jarred Martin called a timeout with 15 minutes left to play. Within eight minutes of the timeout, the Buckeyes had their first penalty corner of the game and followed that up with a goal 30 seconds later on their second of the game.
With Maddy Humphrey initiating the second penalty corner, Hannah Pany served as the stopper for Bongers’ shot that found its way past Michigan State’s goalie for the equalizer in the 63rd minute. The goal from Bongers was the second of her career. Humphrey (15 points) and Bongers (eight points) are the top two scorers for the Buckeyes this season. The assist for Pany was the first of her 2017 season.
Before the end of regulation, Ohio State had two more penalty corners that never reached the goal. Bongers’ first shot was wide and her second shot was blocked by a Spartan defender.
In the first 15-minute overtime period, Ohio State nearly put an end to the contest within the first 15 seconds. Duquesne had a good shot on net that was turned away and the Humphrey followed that up with another rip that went wide of the net.