October 25, 2019

Buckeyes Battle to Defeat Penn State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Buckeyes picked up a Big Ten road win Friday night in State College, Pa., against the Penn State Nittany Lions. With a 2-1 decision, Ohio State ended a four-game losing streak and improved to 7-8 overall on the season.

The defense played a big role in the team’s success. Sophomore goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez made six saves for the Scarlet and Gray, keeping the Nittany Lion offense to just one goal. Penn State picked up four penalty corners while Ohio State only tallied one. The home team also outshot Ohio State 15-5. Still, the Buckeyes came out victorious and will return to Ohio with another win under their belt.

Seniors Whitney Harris and Esther Clotet Alsina were the goal-scorers for Ohio State in tonight’s matchup. Clotet also picked up an assist and Leann Bough assisted Clotet for the second-quarter goal. Bough’s assist was the first of her Ohio State career. Clotet Alsina, the reigning leading goal scorer for the Buckeyes, has been having another impactful season. Clotet Alsina’s goal was the eighth of her senior season and her assist was her sixth. She now has for 22 points, second highest on the team. With the goal in today’s game, Harris joins Sarah Charley and Jessica Hourihane in a group of Ohio State players who all own four goals in 2019.

Ohio State hadn’t won against Penn State since the overtime victory in 2015. Up next, the Buckeyes will head back to Ohio to take on Kent State. Friday’s win was Ohio State’s first over Penn State since 2015, which was also by a score of 2-1. After a non-conference tune-up at Kent State on Sunday, the Buckeyes have one final conference game remaining at Michigan State on Nov. 2. The Big Ten Tournament takes place Nov. 7-10 at the scene of tonight’s victory – the Penn State Field Hockey Complex in State College, Pa.

The game served as a homecoming for eight Pennsylvania natives on the roster – Harris, junior Nikki Trzaska (Yardley, Pa.), senior Jennica Jonovich (Wycombe, Pa.), freshman Mackenzie Allessie (Mount Joy, Pa.), sophomore Julia Dickinson (Collegeville, Pa.), junior Julianna Sweeney (Stroudsburg, Pa.), sophomore Katie Pyle (Lititz, Pa.) and sophomore Rachel Levan (Fleetwood, Pa.).

Families of the OSUFH players made the atmosphere feel like home with a big showing of support in enemy territory. Thank you, Buckeye Nation!

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