Oct. 20, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Celebrating the careers of 10 seniors on Friday at Buckeye Varsity Field, the 24th ranked Ohio State field hockey team edged Indiana by a score of 2-1 to improve its record to 9-7 (2-5 Big Ten). Maddy Humphrey and Maartje Bongers, both seniors, scored both of Ohio State’s goals in the comeback win.
“I think it’s only fitting that it’s a Senior Day celebration for this group and all they’ve done for this program and the two goal scorers were Maartje and Maddy,” head coach Jarred Martin said. “And then also at the end, we gave up a penalty corner and Liz comes up with a big save. So I’m happy for the group and happy for them to get this win today.”
Humphrey and Bongers have been the offensive trendsetters for the Scarlet and Gray this year, and fittingly enough, those two seniors went out with a bang at Buckeye Varsity Field. The goal for Humphrey was her third game winner of the year, and it was Bongers’ fifth goal off a penalty corner this season, a career high.
Bongers’ goal came early in the second half, less than three minutes into the stanza. Humphrey initiated the penalty corner and sent it to the stick of Esther Clotet Alsina, who served as the stopper. Clotet Alsina dished the ball to Bongers who rifled the low-lining shot past the outstretched Hoosier goalkeeper to equalize the score. The assist for Clotet Alsina was her third of the season, matching a career high.
After Bongers scored, the Buckeyes had a slew of chances (12 shots), to go ahead, but all of them were denied or went wide. Then, in the 58th minute, Humphrey retrieved a loose ball in the circle and put it past the Indiana goalkeeper for the game winner.
The goal for Humphrey was a team-leading eighth of the year, and 42nd of her career. Her goal puts her in sole possession of the No. 8 spot in the record books. Tallying three points in the game, her career point total is now up to 112, which is the seventh most in program history. Today’s game marked Humphrey’s fourth time scoring three or more points in a single game this season.
Liz Tamburro, who only had to face two shots all afternoon, came up big in the 69th minute of the game. Indiana, who only had two penalty corners all game, gathered a shot off of their penalty corner in the 69th minute, but Tamburro saved it to preserve the winning effort for Ohio State.
Ohio State will close out its regular season schedule on Sunday with a 2 p.m. matchup with No. 25 Iowa in Des Moines. The game will carry a lot of weight and will have Big Ten postseason play implications for seeding.