Oct. 8, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Esther Clotet Alsina’s goal in the 98th minute gave the Ohio State field hockey team a win against California in double overtime on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field. The win improves Ohio State to 7-6 on the season, and California drops to 7-5.
Playing in its sixth overtime game of the season, Ohio State is well versed in the seven-on-seven overtime periods and has taken advantage of the last two overtime games.
“It’s nice the last two overtimes have ended in victories,” head coach Jarred Martin said. “Today it took 97 minutes, and it just goes to show how much this team believes. They keep at it. There are some moments with really good hockey and there were others that we’re trying to figure things out. They are tough.
“I am so proud of them. When they step on the field they know they are going to be able to compete and they are going to have a chance to win the game and I think it showed today.”
— OSU Field Hockey (@OhioState_FH) October 8, 2017
Receiving a pass from the right wing from junior forward Casey Cole, Clotet Alsina gained possession and made her move to the middle of the circle. After stopping on a dime, the native of Barcelona, Spain, ripped a shot that beat the California keeper with 2:51 remaining in the second overtime period to propel the Scarlet and Gray to victory. It was Clotet Alsina’s second goal of the season.
Despite outshooting California in the first half, Ohio State fell behind when Megan Rodgers scored a goal for the Golden Bears in the 30th minute. The visiting team came out of the half firing on all cylinders and scored off a penalty corner in the 40th minute to give themselves a two-goal lead with only 30 minutes to play in regulation.
The Scarlet and Gray responded by dominating the possession of the ball for the next 10 minutes including three shots, the third of which found the net off the stick of Maartje Bongers. With the penalty corner started by Maddy Humphrey, Courtney Daniels served as the stopper before Bongers’ shot found the back of the net to cut the lead to one in the 50th minute. It was the first assist of the season for Daniels and Bongers fourth goal of the season (career high).
No less than three minutes later in the 53rd minute, a pass from the right wing into the circle by Carolina Vergroesen found the stick of Maddy Humphrey. The Virginia Beach, Va., native made a quick turn and rifled a shot past the California goalie for the equalizer with 17 minutes to play. Humphrey’s goal was the 41st of her career moving her into a tie with Lucy Clayton for seventh most in program history.
The Buckeyes did their best to end it in regulation with four more shots after the equalizer, but three of them were saved and one went wide. Liz Tamburro settled into the net nicely after allowing the first two goals tallying a total of seven saves in the game. Her biggest save came as California had a penalty corner as time ran out in regulation to send it to overtime.
Each team had a number of opportunities throughout the first overtime period and into the second one before Clotet Alsina ended the game.
The Buckeyes will play their fifth and sixth conference games of the season as they travel to Maryland (Oct. 13) and Rutgers (Oct. 15) next weekend.