Sept. 22, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – For the second straight Friday afternoon affair, the Ohio State field hockey team took a ranked conference opponent to overtime. Facing off against No. 9 Michigan at Buckeye Varsity Field, Ohio State dropped its second-straight conference overtime decision 1-0.
Ohio State now sits at 4-4 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten play while the Wolverines move to 6-2 on the season (2-0 Big Ten).
“We had to make some adjustments after the first half, but I was happy with how quick our girls made the adjustments,” head coach Jarred Martin said. “From there, we really kind of took it to them and made the game very competitive. Unfortunately, they came out and top, but we’ll get right back to it on Sunday.
“We had our chances with our penalty corners in the second half. There were a few that were really close calls…it comes down to execution.”
Michigan owned the first half outshooting the Buckeyes 8-1, but Liz Tamburro did not allow any of those eight attempts to sneak past her; she registered three saves in the opening half. Kelsey Nolan had Ohio State’s only shot on net of the first half when her attempt on net was denied by Michigan’s goalkeeper in the 10th minute.
After adjustments at halftime, Ohio State pummeled Michigan’s goalkeeper with nine shots, seven of them which were on net, creating some momentum for the Scarlet and Gray. Not registering a single penalty corner in the first half, Ohio State ramped up the pressure and took seven of them in the final stanza.
The Buckeyes had three penalty corners within a five minute span midway through the second half, with two of the three attempts ending with a shot on net, but Michigan’s Sam Swenson turned them away. Casey Cole and Maartje Bongers took two shots apiece during that span.
Making one final push to end the game in regulation, the Scarlet and Gray forced Michigan into committing three fouls in the final three minutes that led to three more corners. Maddy Humphrey initiated all three penalty corners and Juliette Duquesne put all three shots on net in the final three minutes, but to no avail. Duquesne led Ohio State with four shots attempted on the afternoon. Caroline Rath had a great chance to put a goal in the net off a rebound after the first of those three penalty corners, but the ball failed to cross the goal line.
In the sudden death overtime period, the Wolverines outshot Ohio State by a tally of 5-1 and their fifth shot of the overtime bested Tamburro for the game winner. Lacort Fernandez snuck past a couple of Ohio State defenders to the baseline where she dished the ball to Emma Way for the first goal of the game. Ohio State’s record in overtime this year is 1-2.
Tamburro finished with eight saves in the game running her career total to 387, 19 away from tying Nikki Thompson for fifth most all-time.
Ohio State welcomes Michigan State to Buckeye Varsity Field for its third Big Ten game of the season on Sunday at 1 p.m.