Oct. 19, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a pair of goals within 20 seconds of each other late in the second half, the Ohio State field hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision to 12th-ranked Iowa on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes are 6-9 on the season and 1-5 in the Big Ten while Iowa improves to 10-5, 3-3.
Trailing 4-0 with under two minutes to play, junior Peanut Johnson started the rally when she tipped in a Emma Royce shot that came on a penalty corner. For Johnson, it was her seventh goal of the season and second in the last two games. On Friday, she netted the game-winning goal in overtime against No. 18 Indiana. She has multiple points in three of the last five games.
Following Johnson’s goal, the Buckeyes quickly regained possession and freshman Annabel Sams sent a shot from approximately seven yards out past Iowa goalie Alexandra Pecora with 1:06 remaining. The Johnson and Sams goals came 15 seconds apart, but it’s as close as Ohio State would get. Like Johnson, Sams scored for the second time in as many games. The native of Kingston, England has five goals on the season and three in the last three games.
Iowa, coming off a 2-1 loss on Friday at Michigan State, jumped out of the gate quickly, scoring twice in the first 3:28 of the first half on goals from Stephanie Norlander and Chandler Ackers, respectively. The Buckeyes were unable to sustain any consistent offense in the first half, managing just four shots, none of which were on goal.
Natalie Cafone, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, got onto the scoreboard for Iowa in the 59th minute as she scored on a backhanded shot from five yards out for her 17th goal of the year. Four minutes later, the Hawkeyes extended their lead to 4-0 on Mallory Lefkowitz’s goal off an assist from Norlander.
The Hawkeyes outshot Ohio State 16-13 and had a 9-6 edge in penalty corners. Liz Tamburro, the conference leader in saves, made seven stops while her counterpart, Pecora, had three saves, all in the second half.
Ohio State returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 25, when it travels to Evanston, Ill. To face No. 9 Northwestern. The Wildcats defeated Michigan State, 5-2, today in East Lansing.