Oct. 15, 2017
Piscataway, N.J. – The 25th ranked Ohio State field hockey team picked up its first Big Ten win of the season on Sunday afternoon at the Bauer Track and Field Complex against No. 18 Rutgers with a final score of 2-0. Sophomore Esther Clotet Alsina scored two goals in the triumph, marking the first time in her career that she has scored multiple goals in a game.
With the win, Ohio State improves to 8-7 overall, 1-5 in the Big Ten, while Rutgers falls to 9-5 (3-3 Big Ten).
“I’m really proud of the team coming away with a quality 2-0 win over Rutgers,” first-year head coach Jarred Martin said. “We started off well and I really liked our movement and passing which was a point of emphasis for us after Friday’s game.
“I’m happy for the team and our defensive discipline was exceptional. Our backs helped start both of our counter attacks that led to goals. They also aided Liz (Tamburro) to a shutout against a very dangerous Rutgers’ attack.”
Ohio State had two chances early within the first six minutes of the game. Morgan Kile collected the Buckeyes’ first shot of the game in the fifth minute and Esther Clotet Alsina followed that up with another chance in the sixth minute; both shots were saved by the Rutgers’ goalkeeper. The rest of the first half was a back and forth battle with Rutgers outshooting the Scarlet and Gray by a tally of 5-4.
The Buckeyes wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the second half. Clotet Alsina received an excellent outlet pass and did the rest of the work with a nifty one-on-one move to get past a Rutgers’ defender. After surpassing the defender, Clotet Alsina’s shot was initially stopped by the goalkeeper, but the ball had enough mustard on it to trickle into the net to put the Scarlet and Gray ahead by one.
Shortly after the goal, Rutgers had two penalty corner opportunities that resulted in three shots. Liz Tamburro saved one of them, sophomore back Maartje Bongers collected her first defensive save of the year on the second one and the third one went wide to help Ohio State maintain the lead.
Ohio State’s second goal of the game came via some excellent team passing. Juliette Duquesne brought the ball down on the break before dishing the ball into the circle to Maddy Humphrey. Humphrey possessed the ball before swinging it out right to Clotet Alsina who put the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the game. It is the first time in her career that she has scored two goals in a game.
Tamburro ended up turning away four shots during the game for the 10th shutout of her career. The 10 total shutouts moves her into a tie for sixth in program history.
The Buckeyes will host their final home game of the 2017 season on Friday (Oct. 20) at 3 p.m. ET against Indiana. Ten seniors will be recognized before the game.