September 4, 2016

Buckeyes Blank Ohio, 3-0


Sept. 4, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A two-goal effort by Maddy Humphrey on offense and stingy defensive play on the back end of the field guided the Ohio State field hockey team to a 3-0 shutout of in-state rival Ohio and Sunday afternoon before a season high crowd of 407 at Buckeye Varsity Field.

Humphrey, who now has at least one goal in each of the first four games, scored on a penalty stroke late in the first half and again midway through the second half for all the offense Ohio State would need. Her effort was backed up by a defense that allowed just five total shots to Ohio. It was the Buckeyes’ first shutout of the season as goalie Liz Tamburro turned away the only OU shot that made it on cage.

Freshman Esther Clotet Alsina, one of six newcomers who saw playing time today, netted her second collegiate goal when she opportunistically gathered up a loose ball from five yards out in front of the cage and poked it past OU goalie Lina Trucco in the 21st minute. That scored capped off a series of good scoring opportunities for the Scarlet and Gray early in the contest, as Ohio State generated four penalty corners and nine total shots in the opening 35 minutes.

Humphrey cashed in on a key insurance goal with just 32 seconds to play in the first half when she was fouled in front of the goal and converted a penalty stroke for a 2-0 Buckeye lead. That’s the way the score would stay through halftime and deep into the second half.

In the second half, Ohio State continued to have the better of play on its offensive end of the field. The Buckeyes had four penalty corners in the first 16 minutes of the half, but were turned away by the Bobcat defense each time. Finally, in the 54th minute, Maggie Reddecliff and Humphrey connected on a nicely timed goal that gave Ohio State all the breathing room it would need. Reddecliff feed the ball into the circle to a waiting Humphrey, who backhanded a shot to the upper left corner of the cage.

Head coach Anne Wilkinson on the win:
“I’m really proud of our effort. We played three very difficult games to open the year so it’s nice to see us rewarded today with the kind of result we want.”

On her overall impressions of the game:
“I thought we were very strong with the ball. We played a possession game and were smart with our passes and communication. That led directly to good shots and lots of different people getting involved.”

On Humphrey’s goal to end the first half:
“That was huge. OU is a lethal team and even being up by two goals, you never really feel comfortable. We continued to attack in the second half and do the things that got us the lead in the first place.”

To back up a Buckeyes’ offense that generated a season-high 19 shots and 11 penalty corners was the defensive effort led by Tamburro, junior Caroline Rath, freshman Maartje Bongers and junior Carolina Vergroesen. The five total shots given up are the least since last season’s opening game against Saint Louis (Aug. 28). It is also the fourth career shutout for Tamburro, who has started all 41 games of her career.

Shots: Ohio State 19, Ohio 5 | Saves: Ohio 6, Ohio State 1 | Penalty Corners: Ohio State 11, Ohio 1
Goals: Clotet Alsina (unassisted) 20:53 | Humphrey (penalty stroke) 34:28 | Humphrey (from Reddecliff) 53:44

After scoring at least one goal in each of the first eight games that she played last year, Humphrey has netted a goal in each of the first four games this year and leads the team with 11 points (five goals, one assist).

After Humphrey, four of Ohio State’s next six scorers are freshmen: Clotet Alsina (five points, two goals, one assist), Adelaide Penzone (one goals, two points), Irene Fritschy (two assists, two points) and Bongers (two assists, two points).

Ohio State concludes play in this year’s Buckeye Invitational with a game against UC Davis on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Admission, as always, is free.