Sept. 15, 2017
Evanston, Ill. – Maddy Humphrey registered the eighth multi-goal effort of her career on Friday against No. 14 Northwestern in the Big Ten opener at Lakeside Field, but it was not enough as Ohio State fell to the ranked Wildcats by a tally of 3-2 in overtime.
The loss moved the Buckeyes to 3-3 overall (0-1 Big Ten) while Northwestern improved to 5-3 (1-0 Big Ten. The Wildcats owned the major statistical categories holding advantages in shots (22-15) and penalty corners (18-6), but those stats didn’t hold Ohio State from having a great chance to pull off a road upset.
In a game that featured a couple of momentum swings, the Wildcats came out the gates blazing. Racking up three penalty corners in the first four minutes of the contest. On Northwestern’s fourth penalty corner of the game, Lily Katzman redirected a shot on net for the first goal of her season to help the home team take a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.
The Buckeyes bounced back and answered with a goal of their own in the 22nd minute. With Humphrey initiating the penalty corner, Maartje Bongers fired a shot towards the left side of the goal and Humphrey delicately redirected the ball into the net for her fourth goal of the season to even the game up.
Ohio State carried some momentum into the half and came out strong to start the second stanza. Exactly four minutes into the second half, Bongers hooked up with Humphrey for another goal in the exact same fashion. Humphrey started the corner, followed by Bongers’ shot to the left of the net where Humphrey then tipped the ball past the goalkeeper for Ohio State’s first lead of the night.
Humphrey (five goals) and Bongers (career high four assists) lead the team in their respective categories in 2017. Friday’s game marked the first multi-assist night of Bongers’ career. Humphrey’s 38th and 39th career goals were tonight, moving her into ninth in program history.
Esther Clotet Alsina almost pushed the Scarlet and Gray’s lead to two immediately after Humphrey’s second goal. The sophomore ripped a back hand shot high and then followed that with another solid effort on net that was turned away by Northwestern’s goalie.
Clotet Alsina picked up a green card shortly after at the 41:18 mark of the game and Northwestern capitalized scoring a goal less than two minutes later in the 43rd minute. For the second game in a row, Ohio State goalkeeper Liz Tamburro registered double digit saves including one in the 67th minute that kept the Buckeyes alive. After a loose ball off a Northwestern corner, Tamburro made a diving save to keep the tie intact.
The Buckeyes had four quality chances in the seven-on-seven overtime period before the Wildcats ended it. Juliette Duquesne had three shots on net and forced the Northwestern goalkeeper to make saves, and Humphrey’s attempt at a hat-trick was denied as well.
In the eighth minute of overtime, Northwestern’s Eva van Agt put the game away on a nice dish from Pascale Massey.
The Buckeyes close out a four-game road trip on Sunday at Ohio (1 p.m. ET).