September 11, 2016

Buckeyes Win Third Straight on Penzone’s OT Goal

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Sept. 11, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – For freshman Adelaide Penzone, it was the right place at the right time. And just like on Wednesday, the result was a game-winning goal.

Penzone tapped in a pass from Brooke Hiltz three and a half minutes into overtime that sent the Ohio State field hockey team (3-3) to its third straight victory, a 2-1 triumph over Miami (3-4) on Sunday on a sun soaked day at Buckeye Varsity Field in front of a season-high crowd of 691.

THE SHORT STORY
The Buckeye played catch-up to extend their winning streak, coming from down 1-0 midway through the second half behind a game-tying goal from Maddy Humphrey in the 51st minute and then the winner from Penzone shortly into overtime. Ohio State was able to hold a high-scoring Redhawk offense to just one goal and successfully fended off 11 corners by Miami, including seven in the second half.

HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
After a scoreless first half that saw 13 combined shots and a pair of Liz Tamburro saves, Miami got on the scoreboard first as Paul Portugal dribbled into the circle and sent a shot past Tamburro from six yards out, giving the Redhawks a 1-0 advantage.

Nearly seven minutes later, an attacking Buckeye offense was rewarded when Humphrey positioned herself perfectly in front of the goal to receive a pass from Maggie Reddecliff and knot the game at 1-1. Humphrey collected the ball and poked it past Miami goalie Alysa Xavier for her team-leading sixth goal of the year. Reddecliff, who earned her first start of the season on Sunday, has a team-best three assists.

At the end of the regulation, the Redhawks had two penalty corners after time expired but were unable to convert. Just seconds earlier, Portugal had a shot hit the top cross bar and bounce out, preserving the 1-1 tie.

Playing seven-on-seven in overtime, Miami had the first scoring opportunity of the extra session – but Tamburro was up to the task, saving a shot by Mariona Heras. Ohio State quickly raced up field, and Hiltz sent the ball in from the left corner. Penzone was waiting there to the right of the goal and tapped it in past Xavier. It was Penzone’s third goal in the last four games and second game-winner of the season.

QUOTABLE
Head coach Anne Wilkinson on the win:
“What really made a big difference for us today was our overall fitness. That’s a very good Miami team with some very capable goal scorers. But we just had to keep pressing and play our possession game. In the second half, our communication got much better and we strung together some good attacks.”

On Adelaide Penzone:
“Adelaide comes from a very competitive family and has played all kinds of sports growing up, so she knows what it takes to win. In high school, she played on a state championship-winning lacrosse team, and no matter what the sport, being competitive and learning how to win translates. What you see on the field is what she’s also bringing every day in practice.”

JUST THE NUMBERS
Shots: Miami 17, Ohio State 9 | Saves: Ohio State 5, Miami 1 | Penalty Corners: Miami 11, Ohio State 7
Goals: Portugal (unassisted) 44:07 | Humphrey (Reddecliff) 50:44 | Penzone (Hiltz) 73:22

THE LAST THREE
In the Buckeyes’ three game winning streak, they have outshot opponents 49-32, averaging 16.3 shots/game while giving up just 10.7 per contest. Humphrey is the leading scorer with seven points (three goals, one assist) while Penzone and Esther Clotet Alsina each have two goals. On defense, Tamburro has made 13 saves with a 0.66 goals-against average, .867 save percentage and her first shutout of the season (9/4 vs. Ohio).

Combined with last Sunday’s crowd of over 400, the Buckeyes are averaging 408 fans/game over the last three contests vs. Ohio, UC Davis and Miami.

UP NEXT
Ohio State dives into Big Ten play beginning on Friday when it welcomes No. 17 Northwestern (3-2) to Buckeye Varsity Field for a 3:00 p.m. start.