Fifth-seeded Buckeyes defeat Nittany Lions 2-1 in overtime; face No. 2 seed Iowa in title game Sunday at noon (ET) on Big Ten Network
COLUMBUS, Ohio Just 1:47 into overtime against Penn State, sophomore Aisling McKeon scored her second game-winning goal in as many days as the fifth-seeded Ohio State field hockey team upset the top-seeded Nittany Lions by a score of 2-1 Friday in the first semifinal game of the 2008 Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind.
The win advances the Buckeyes (14-6, 3-3 Big Ten) to the championship game Sunday against No. 2 seed Iowa (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten), who defeated No. 3 Michigan State in overtime in the second semifinal. The title game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network at noon (ET). Live scoring for it also is available on Indiana’s official athletics Web site: www.IUHoosiers.com.
“We played with a lot of heart and played as a team,” head coach Anne Wilkinson said. “We have the right mindset right now. Everyone has stepped up when needed to. That is what it takes to put in this position of playing in the title game.”
With the score tied a 1-all at the end of the 70-minute regulation, 17th-ranked Ohio State entered overtime for the first time since Sept. 6 and just the third time overall this season. McKeon made sure her team didn’t play too long though, scoring 1:47 into the extra session. Taking advantage of a penalty corner, the midfielder from Galway, Ireland, knocked in the rebound off her first shot for the victory.
The goal was McKeon’s fifth of the season. She also sealed the 3-2 win in the first-round game Thursday against Michigan.
Ohio State carried a 1-0 lead into half time when senior Linda Haussener, the 2008 Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Year, converted on a penalty stroke at 32:15. The midfielder from Baden, Switzerland, has scored on all three of her penalty strokes this season.
With her 19th goal of the year, Haussener reached the 50-point milestone this season. The last Buckeye to reach the 50-point mark was Vanessa Immordino in 2003.
Penn State capitalized on a penalty corner to even the score in the second half. Daneen Zug scored with assists by Jen Long and Allison Scola at 45:45.
Freshman goalkeeper Ally Tunitis improved to 6-0 this season after making two saves against the ninth-ranked Nittany Lions. The Macungie, Ind., native has an overall goals-against average of 0.66 and save percentage of .833 in her six starts.
Overall, Ohio State led 10-7 in shots and had a 6-5 edge in penalty corners. Jen Beaumont of PSU totaled six saves in the loss.