Sept. 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team fell, 2-1, at No. 11 Iowa Sunday afternoon in Iowa City. The Buckeyes (8-4, 1-1 Big Ten) had a 1-0 lead at half, but the Hawkeyes (8-2, 2-0 Big Ten) rallied to score two unanswered goals in the final ten minutes of regulation to claim the conference win.
Offensively, freshman forward Peanut Johnson scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes in the first half on an unassisted score at 27:59. Johnson, a native of Dayton, Ohio, now has five goals on the season and has collected all 11 points in the last five games.
The first 27 minutes of the first half went scoreless. The Buckeyes were able to put three shots on goal during the first 15 minutes of play, but could not find the back of the net against Iowa goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw.
The Scarlet and Gray struck first following a transition on offense after a Hawkeye penalty corner. Johnson scored the unassisted score from five feet out at 27:59 to give her squad the first-half 1-0 lead on the road.
Iowa had two penalty corners in the final five minutes of the first half, but junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker and the OSU backfield denied the Hawkeyes a chance to even the score before halftime. Overall, Ohio State outshot Iowa, 6-5, while both teams had three penalty corners in the first 35 minutes.
Just like the first half, the second period saw no goals through the first 20 minutes of action. Both teams had chances on penalty corners, but Iowa was able to tie the game, 1-1, at 61:24 when Jessica Barnett scored following a corner with assists coming from Niki Schultheis and Geena Lesiak.
Ohio State could not slow down the Hawkeye momentum as Iowa took the 2-1 lead three minutes later at 65:21 when Sarah Drake scored off a deflection in the circle with the assist from Lesiak. Ohio State was outshot 6-3 in the second half.
Voelker falls to 8-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play, collecting three saves in 70 minutes of competition. Iowa had an 11-9 advantage in shots and a 6-5 lead in penalty corners vs. the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will now prepare for two home contests next weekend, hosting Michigan State at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 before hosting Ball State at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at Buckeye Varsity Field.