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Oct. 17, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Peanut Johnson scored unassisted four minutes into overtime lifting the Ohio State field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over 18th-ranked Indiana on Friday afternoon in Bloomington. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-8 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten while Indiana falls to 9-4, 1-4.

The victory also gave head coach Anne Wilkinson the 300th over her career, making her just the 15th coach in Division I field hockey history to reach the 300-win mark. In her 28th season as a head coach, Wilkinson now has a career record of 300-236-9. She’s 221-152 in 19 seasons at Ohio State.

Indiana scored the only goal of the opening stanza 7:10 into regulation as Nicole Volgraf took a pass from Hannah McDermott and notched her sixth goal of the season. From there, however, Ohio State was able to control much of the play for the remainder of the half, outshooting the Hoosiers 7-4 in the first 35 minutes. Indiana goalkeeper Maggie Olson was up the challenge, however, making four first-half saves.

Five minutes into the second half, Annabel Sams knotted the game at 1-1 with her fourth goal of the season (and second in the last two games). The two teams then remained tied for the next 30 minutes, although the Buckeyes had several good scoring opportunities, including a penalty corner at the 65:35 mark and an Emma Royce shot with three minutes left that was blocked.

Johnson’s goal came in from The overtime win is the second of the season for Ohio State. Previously, the Buckeyes knocked off third-ranked Virginia, 4-3, in Charlottesville on Oct. 5.

Ohio State outshot the Hoosiers 18-7 and held a 10-1 advantage in penalty corners. The Buckeyes’ defense held IU leading scorer Audra Heilman to no goals and just three total shots. Freshman goalie Liz Tamburro had to make just a single save in the victorious effort.

The Buckeyes are back in action on Sunday, Oct. 19, when it hosts No. 12 Iowa at noon. The Hawkeyes lost to Michigan State today, 2-0.