Sep 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Highlighted by a hat trick by sophomore forward Peanut Johnson, the Ohio State field hockey team started the home schedule on a strong note with a 5-1 win over Missouri State Friday afternoon at the Buckeye Classic. Johnson, a native of Dayton, Ohio, scored one goal in the first half and tallied two additional goals in the final 35 minutes to claim her second career hat trick.
Senior co-captains Nora Murer and Arielle Cowie each scored their first goals of the year. Murer notched four points with two assists as well, while senior Mona Frommhold and freshman Paige Hamilton each had an assist in the contest vs. the Bears.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead against the Buckeyes at 3:50 following an Ohio State turnover. Hillary Lawless scored on an unassisted goal with a shot into the back left of the cage.
However, Ohio State took momentum on the offensive side of the turf, scoring two unanswered goals to end the first half. Murer tied the game 1-1 from the right side of the cage following a center pass by Frommhold at 9:27. Seven minutes later, the Scarlet and Gray Johnson scored her first goal of the season at 16:00 following a Missouri State turnover in the circle. The score was unassisted as Johnson beat the keeper from the right side of the cage.
Johnson started the second half with a great tip-in shot from the right side of the cage following a pass by Murer outside the circle at 49:48. Ten minutes later, Cowie gave the squad a three-goal advantage when she blasted a slap shot from the top of the circle back into the net at 59:46.
The Big Ten Preseason to Watch List selection, Johnson wrapped up her memorable day with her third goal at 68:30 after tipping in another Buckeye shot from Hamilton from the right side.
Overall, Ohio State outshot the Bears, 15-5, while posting a 9-4 lead in corners. Voelker earned the win to improve to 1-1 overall.
The Buckeyes conclude the classic at Noon ET Sunday vs. Bucknell.