Sept. 5, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The 23rd ranked Ohio State field hockey team dropped its first contest of 2017 on Tuesday at Buckeye Varsity Field by a score of 2-1 to Kent State. Ines Delpech scored the game winner for the Golden Flashes with 4:39 left to play in the game.
A game that Ohio State (2-1 overall) dominated on the stat sheet, the Buckeyes had a hard time cashing in on their opportunities. Kylie Leblanc of Kent State racked up five saves in the Golden Flashes second win of the year (2-3 overall).
For the second game in a row, the Buckeyes found themselves facing a deficit in the first half. At the 19:01 mark, the Golden Flashes received a goal from Jamie Fries off a penalty corner with the assist going to Jessica Nesbitt.
The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Flashes to the tune of 13-3 in the 70-minute affair. In the 25th minute of the first half, Maddy Humphrey scored an acrobatic goal after receiving a delicately placed long-distance pass from Esther Clotet Alsina. After Humphrey secured the ball on her stick, she was on the left side of the circle and had a one-on-one with Leblanc of Kent State. Humphrey poked the ball out to the right, dodged the goalie, and then dove to her right and whipped the goal in for her second goal of the season.
Humphrey’s career goal total is now up to 36 which ties her for 10th all-time in program history with her former teammate Peanut Johnson (2012-15). In addition to goals scored, Humphrey’s career point total now sits at 92, only four points behind Lucy Clayton for 10th all-time in program history.
Closing out the first half with a penalty corner, Maartje Bongers nearly gave Ohio State the lead heading into the locker room. With Humphrey taking the Buckeyes’ second penalty corner of the first half, Bongers’ shot easily beat the keeper but was just a tad bit too wide and ricocheted off the post and out of bounds to end the half.
The Buckeyes dominated ball possession in the second half and made a final charge after Kent State took the one goal lead. Trailing by one with less than five minutes to play, Ohio State pulled Liz Tamburro from the net for an extra attacker for the final push.
The one-man advantage helped Ohio State secure four straight penalty corners in the closing minutes. Of the four penalty corners, only Esther Clotet Alsina’s shot made it to the keeper and Leblanc turned it away. The other three opportunities for Ohio State were all blocked before reaching the goal keeper.
Ohio State hits the road for the next two weeks starting with away games at Miami (OH) and No. 19 Wake Forest this Friday (Sept. 8) and Sunday (Sept. 10).