COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s field hockey team opens its 47th season on Friday, August 24 at 4:00 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field.
In preparation for the season home-opener, the team will play two scrimmages starting on Friday, August 17. First up for the Buckeyes is Ohio University followed by Michigan at home on August 20.
The team reported back to campus on Aug. 6 with practices beginning on Aug. 7 for the 2018 season. With new faces on the roster, the team has been working for the past week to prepare for the upcoming season.
“Preseason is wrapping up and I am happy with the content we have been able to cover and the work rate the team has brought each session,” said head coach Jarred Martin. “The team shows up ready to work and eager to learn. We have thrown a lot of variables at them and they have done a great job taking it all in and making changes when needed.”
Last season, the team finished 10-9 and 2-6 in the Big Ten. Among those who are returning for the 2018 season, junior Esther Clotet Alsina led with five goals and three assists.
“I am really happy with the upperclassman and proud of how they have welcomed the incoming class,” said Martin. “I think they have done a really good job of making everyone feel welcome. It’s clear what we are about and what our expectations are for this year’s group. I can’t wait to see where this team goes.”
SCRIMMAGE VS. OHIO
The Buckeyes will travel to Athens, Ohio on Friday to take on Ohio University in the first scrimmage of the 2018 season.
The last meeting between the two teams was on Bobcat turf, where the Buckeyes improved to 4-3 on the season with a 3-0 victory. The Buckeyes dominated the first half, out-shooting the opponent 7-2. Scoring two goals in the second half and keeping Ohio to zero shots, Ohio State was able to record its second shutout of the season.
Ohio State and Ohio have met 46 times leading up to Friday’s matchup. With last season’s regular season victory, the Scarlet and Gray have won 37 of the games between the teams.
“The exhibition games will be a great evaluation piece for us. What does all this look like in a game format. Ohio U. and Michigan will be two great competitions to see where we are as a team and things we can take in to next week for the season opener.”
The Buckeyes are set to play 10 games at Buckeye Varsity Field this season and will play eight Big Ten opponents.
Away competition will feature visits to Maryland and Michigan, both made it to the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Championship.
BUCKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
2 – This season marks head coach Jarred Martin’s second season at the helm of the Buckeyes.
5 – The team has five seniors this season who will be playing their final season for the Buckeyes. They include
10 – Last season, the Scarlet and Gray 10 of 19 games during the 2017 campaign. This was the most wins the Buckeyes have recorded in a single season since 2012.
11 – The Buckeyes welcome 11 freshmen to the roster this season. This is the largest class represented on the roster.