COLUMBUS, Ohio –After fighting through almost 90 minutes of play, the Ohio State Buckeye field hockey team was edged by the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines, 2-1. The No. 21 Buckeyes fall to 11-7 (4-4 B1G) and the Wolverines improve to 12-5 (7-1 B1G).
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN
“Disappointed to come away with a loss after such a hard-fought game from both teams. We played well and handled a lot of intense moments. I thought both teams played well defensively. Clean shots were hard to come by and I was happy with how aggressive we were able to stay on both sides of the ball.”
“I am so proud of the team. This whole year they have played so hard for each other and each weekend we have shown improvement and strength. We are one of the top four seeds in the Big Ten and that was a goal of ours this season. This conference is so strong with so many good teams, so I am happy for them. They have earned this and now we will prepare for a great game on Sunday.”
Both teams battled in the first half, but neither team was able to record a goal after the first 35 minutes of the contest. Ohio State recorded four shots while Michigan took six with both teams awarded two penalty corners in the scoreless half.
In the 53rd minute of the game, Esther Clotet recorded the first goal of the game for either team. The Buckeyes were awarded a corner, and after being set up for a shot, Casey Cole pushed the ball across the top of the circle to Clotet, who ripped a shot into the back of the goal.
Michigan would go on to even the score with under seven minutes to play in regulation off a free hit that was tipped past goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez. At the end of regulation, the Buckeyes and the Wolverines were tied at one goal apiece.
The game went into double overtime, and Michigan ultimately came out victorious, scoring with three minutes to play in the second overtime period.
With the conclusion of the regular season, Ohio State will return to action next Sunday for the 2018 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The Buckeyes are fourth in the Big Ten, receiving an automatic entry into the tournament and will host No. 5 seed Rutgers at Buckeye Varsity Field on Oct. 28. The game will be streamed on BTN2Go and the time will be announced this week.