April 21, 2021

Buckeyes Advance to B1G Semifinals with OT win over Penn State

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Final Stats: Ohio State 4, Penn State 3 (OT)

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Ohio State is moving on in the Big Ten field hockey tournament thanks to a gritty and gutty overtime win on Wednesday afternoon that was punctuated when sophomore Sarah Charley scored an overtime goal to give the Buckeyes a 4-3 win over Penn State.

Ohio State, winners of six of their last seven games, will face either Rutgers or Northwestern in tomorrow’s semifinals at 7:30 p.m. live on BTN.

“I had a lot of communication with my teammates,” Charley said on BTN following the game. “Thankfully Mack [Mackenzie Allessie] had a perfect ball that went right to me. We saw each other before she even passed the ball. I couldn’t have done it without her.”

In a game that featured momentum shifts from side to side, the final push was the most important one for the Buckeyes. The win was Ohio State’s second over Penn State in the last five days and secures their first trip to the conference tournament semifinals since 2018.

First Quarter: Maloney scores first, Ohio State takes 1-0 lead
In an opening quarter dominated mostly by defense, it was Tess Maloney who chosen an opportune time to score her first goal of the season. After failing to convert on its first penalty corner of the game, Ohio State made good on its second. Maloney’s stick work in front of the goal off a pass from Lotte Algra resulted in a goal and a 1-0 Buckeye lead in the 12th minute. For the quarter, Ohio State outshot Penn State 4-0.

Second Quarter: Penn State ties it on a penalty corner goal
Penn State was able to flip the script statistically in the second quarter, outshooting Ohio State 4-0 while scoring the equalizing goal just over five minutes into the quarter. Bree Bednarski poked in a shot past Abby Danson off an assist from Emma Spisak. The Nittany Lions got two more shots off in the quarter but both were saved by Danson, who finished with three first-half stops.

Third Quarter: Penn State takes its first lead
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions had another evenly-played quarter to open the second half until Bree Bednarski tallied her second goal of the day when he tipped in a shot off the stick of Anna Simon with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter to give Penn State a 2-1 lead. There were a total of just four shots in the quarter, two by each team.

Fourth Quarter: A flurry of goal scoring
Just when it looked like Penn State had the momentum following its goal to take a 2-1 lead, senior captain Nikki Trzaska quickly seized it back when she scored unassisted 56 seconds into the fourth quarter. Three minutes later, Jessica Hourihane scored her first goal of the year when she was in the right place at the right time to clean up a rebound in front of the goal on a penalty corner. The score gave Ohio State its second lead of the day at 3-2.

At the 52:08 mark, however, Sophia Gladieux found the scoring column and forced the fourth tie of the game. That’s the way it would stay for the final eight minutes of regulation despite a good scoring opportunity for the Scarlet and Gray with under one minute to play in the fourth quarter.

Overtime: Charley does it again
Just as she had five days earlier, Sarah Charley put one in the win column for the Buckeyes and punched their ticket to the Big Ten semifinals. Charley’s deflection off a penalty corner shot from Mackenzie Allessie ended the game 3:06 into the extra session. It was her fourth goal of the year.

Allessie Earns B1G Offensive Player of the Year Honors

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 14, Penn State 10
Saves: Ohio State 6, Penn State 4
Penalty Corners: Ohio State 5, Penn State 4
Records: Ohio State 6-8; Penn State 6-6
Next: Ohio State vs. Rutgers/Northwestern winner; Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET