Oct. 3, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State field hockey team begins the third month of the season at 3 p.m. Tuesday, hosting No. 19 Louisville at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Buckeyes (7-5, 2-0 Big Ten) have won five-consecutive games, while the Cardinals (7-4, 1-2 Big East) have won five of their last seven games this season.
Gametracker will be available for the game against Louisville Tuesday. A link to the live scoring will be on the Ohio State field hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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SENIOR DAY SATURDAY
Ohio State concludes the 2011 home schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday against Iowa at Buckeye Varsity Field. The game will be the team’s Senior Day as Ally Tunitis and Jenn Sciulli will be recognized before the start of the game. The matchup vs. the Hawkeyes will be televised by Big Ten Network at taped-delay basis and will air at 2 p.m. Sunday.
THE WIN STREAK
Here is a breakdown of the Buckeyes’ five-game win streak:
Outscoring opponents, 18-7
81-61 lead in shots-on-goal
16.2-12.2 advantage in shots per game
Have collected 47 offensive points – 27 more points than opponents
Danica Deckard and Berta Queralt have combined for 25 points (11g,3a)
Ally Tunitis has a 1.36 goals-against average, posting 19 saves with a shutout
Buckeye defense has limited opponents to 1.60 goals per game
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State defeated No. 13 Indiana, 3-2, Sept. 30 in Columbus, to improve to 2-0 in the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes got off to a great start against the Hoosiers, posting a 2-0 score at halftime. Junior Danica Deckard, sophomore Paula Pastor-Pitarque and senior Jenn Sciulli each scored goals in the conference victory. Ohio State wrapped up the second month of the season with a 7-2 overall record.
QUEARLT, DECKARD LEAD BUCKEYES
Juniors Berta Queralt and Danica Deckard have combined to score 36 of the Buckeyes’ 64 points this season. Queralt and Deckard, who both have 18 points (8g,2a), have been a major factor in the team’s five-game win streak, collecting a combined 25 points. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., leads the team with five multi-point performances, while Queralt has tallied four this year.
THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
Led by first-year head coach Justine Sowry, the Cardinals travel to Columbus with a 7-4 overall record. Last time out, Louisville fell, 4-2, at No. 4 Connecticut Oct. 1. Offensively, the Cardinals are led by senior midfielder Hayley Turner, who has totaled 20 points (7g,6a) through 11 games in 2011. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Erin Conrad is 7-4 overall with a 1.51 goals-against average with four shutouts. The Cardinals are outscoring their opponents, 32-17, and have an 88-62 advantage in penalty corners.
OHIO STATE VS. CARDINALS
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 15-5, against Louisville. Last time out, Ohio State claimed a 4-3 double overtime win against the Cardinals in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 8, 2010. Berta Queralt scored the gamewinner just a minute into the second part of extra time on an unassisted score. The meeting Tuesday vs. Louisville will be the 21st game in the all-time series since the Buckeyes first played the Cardinals during the 1989 campaign.
Last Five Meetings…
Sept. 8, 2010 – Ohio State 4, Louisville 3 (2OT)
Oct. 14, 2009 – Ohio State 2, Louisville (OT)
Sept. 10, 2008 – Louisville 5, Ohio State 1
Oct. 10, 2007 – Louisville 2, Ohio State 1
Oct. 11, 2006 – Ohio State 4, Louisville 3 (OT)
THE BIG TEN STANDINGS
Following the second week of conference action, Ohio State (7-5) is tied for first in the Big Ten with Penn State (8-3), who have won six-consecutive games. The Wolverines (8-3) and Hoosiers (7-3) follow in third place, while Iowa (8-3), Northwestern (10-4) and Michigan State (5-8) round out the standings. 1. Ohio State (2-0) Penn State (2-0) 3. Michigan (1-1) Indiana (1-1) 5. Iowa (1-2) Northwestern (1-2) 7. Michigan State (0-2)
Junior forward Danica Deckard has been on fire for the Buckeyes in the last three games, collecting 13 points on six goals and one assist in three OSU victories. Last week against then-No. 11 Michigan, Deckard tallied both goals, including the gamewinner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. The native of Selinsgrove, Pa., continued her hot streak Tuesday at Ball State when she posted career highs in points (7) and goals (3) in the first hat trick of her career. The speedy forward was rewarded for her clutch play against the Wolverines Tuesday when she was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week – the first of conference weekly laurel of her career. Last time out, Deckard knocked in her eighth goal of the campaign in the opening minutes of a 3-2 victory against No. 13 Indiana in Columbus.
Senior captain Jenn Sciulli posted her sixth defensive save of the season in the 5-0 win at Ball State Sept. 27. The Buckeye back leads the conference in defensive saves and is tied for sixth nationally in defensive stops. The native of Palmyra, Pa., Sciulli now has 20 career stops and is two saves away from tying former Buckeye Kim Bush (1988-91) for second on the OSU all-time list.
100 POINTS AND COUNTING…
Junior captain Berta Queralt had a game to remember in the 4-3 overtime victory against Wake Forest Sept. 16 in Columbus. The OSU forward tallied four goals on eight points (career-highs), including the gamewinner in extra time vs. the Demon Deacons. With her eight-point performance, the native of Barcelona, Spain, became the ninth Buckeye in program history to collect at least 100 career points. Queralt, a two-time All-American, is currently sixth in the record books with 111 points.
Queralt is tied for the team lead in points (18) and goals (8) this year. The eight-point performance by Queralt is tied for first in the Big Ten in individual game-highs with Kelsey Amy of Penn State and Kim Scraper of Iowa, who have each claimed eight points earlier this season.