Oct. 5, 2014 Final Stats
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Morgan Kile scored off a penalty corner with 3:44 left in overtime as the Ohio State field hockey team (4-7) stunned third-ranked Virginia (10-3) on Sunday, 4-3. The Buckeyes completed a late second-half comeback, overcoming a 3-2 deficit with less than 10 minutes to play by getting a game-tying goal by Peanut Johnson and then the game-winner by Kile in overtime.
Virginia is the highest-ranked team Ohio State has defeated in the Anne Wilkinson era (1996-present). The highest-ranked team previously was No. 4 Syracuse in 2010, a victory that sent Ohio State to the program’s first NCAA Final Four appearance.
Ohio State got off a quick start as Maddy Humphrey, playing in her home state of Virginia, scored off a break away 14:27 into the first half that was assisted by Peanut Johnson. For Humphrey, it was her team-leading eighth goal of the season. Virginia would get the equalizer, however, six minutes later when Riley Tata tapped a shot past Liz Tamburro in front of the cage.
The score remained tied through halftime, just five minutes into the second half the Cavaliers scored from 10 feet out on a shot by Caleigh Foust. Seventeen minutes later, however, Kile picked up her second goal of the season to tie the game once again. Kile’s shot came from the right side of the circle.
Virginia took a 3-2 lead on Tara Vittese’s 10th goal of the season with just eight and a half minutes left, but the Buckeyes refused to go away and Johnson capitalized on a second shot off a penalty corner to sneak the ball past Virginia goalie Jenny Johnstone, tying the game at 3-3 with less than five minutes to play.
In overtime, Ohio State had three consecutive penalty corners that were snuffed out, but Kile ended the game at the 80:56 mark with her third tally of the season and second of the day. Senior Emma Royce assisted on the goal. For Ohio State, it is their first win over a ranked opponent this year and suffering three one-goal losses previously.
Virginia held a slim edge in total shots, 16-15, and penalty corners, 8-7. Less than 48 hours after making 15 saves against No. 2 Maryland, Tamburro stopped five shots, including one in overtime.
Ohio State returns to action on Friday, Oct. 10, when it travels to Piscataway, N.J., to resume Big Ten play against Rutgers at 1 p.m.