IOWA CITY, Iowa – Another night, another overtime hero for the Ohio State field hockey team.
The Buckeyes found some late-game magic and punched their ticket to the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game for the first time since 2010 with a 2-1 overtime over No. 5 Northwestern on Thursday evening. Tess Maloney scored the game-winner on a tip-in 2:39 into the extra session.
— Ohio State Field Hockey (@OhioStateFH) April 23, 2021
The Buckeyes are now 7-8 on the season and have won seven of their last eight games. They will face top-seeded Michigan for the title at noon on Saturday live on BTN.
Trailing 1-0 early in the fourth quarter, Mackenzie Allessie’s 15th goal of the season was the equalizer with just under 14 minutes remaining and Maloney tapped in the winning shot that was originally off the stick of Leanne Bough.
First Quarter: Defense Dominates
The first quarter saw just a combined five shots between the two teams, four of which were taken by Northwestern. Freshman goalie Abby Danson stopped the only Wildcat shot that was on goal. The Buckeyes finished the quarter with one penalty corner while Northwestern had two.
Second Quarter: Still Scoreless at Halftime
Both teams continued to clamp down defensively in the second quarter. The Buckeyes, however, were able to generate four shots – all of which were saved by Northwestern goalie Annabel Skubisz – while limiting the Wildcats to just one shots. The Buckeyes had two penalty corners and got shots off on each of them but couldn’t find the back of the cage.
Third Quarter: Northwestern Pulls Ahead Late
The Ohio State defense held Northwestern to just one shot on the third quarter – but the Wildcats made it count. With under one minute to play, Bente Baekers scored off a pass from Ana Medina Garcia.
Other than that shot, the Buckeyes controlled play on their offensive end of the field. Ohio State took three shots and had two penalty corners but couldn’t put anything past Skubisz.
Fourth Quarter: Plenty of Action
While Northwestern pulled ahead late in the third quarter, its lead was short lived. Less than two minutes into the fourth, Mackenzie Allessie called for a video review in the circle in the hopes of gaining a penalty corner. Her instinct was correct, and she made good on the corner by scoring her 15th goal of the year to tie the game at 1-all.
That’s how it stayed for the remainder of the quarter as the Buckeyes played their sixth overtime game of the season.
Overtime: Maloney Wins It
Ohio State was able to get possession in its offensive end as the overtime period started and made good on the only shot of the extra session. Leanne Bough took it from 10 yards out and Maloney was in the right place at the right time to deflect it past goalie Annabel Skubisz to punch Ohio State’s ticket to the championship game.
Shots: Ohio State 11, Northwestern 7
Saves: Northwestern 6, Ohio State 2
Penalty Corners: Ohio State 6, Northwestern 5
Records: Ohio State 7-8, Northwestern 11-5
Next: No. 7 seed Ohio State vs. No. 1 seed Michigan; Saturday, April 24 at noon