COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the opening game of the 2010 campaign, the 14th-ranked Ohio State field hockey team defeated Ohio, 2-1, in overtime Tuesday at Pruitt Field in Athens. The overtime victory over the Bobcats marks the 400th win in the Buckeyes’ 40th year of the program being a varsity sport.
Ohio State showed its dominance on both sides of the field, outshooting Ohio 15-2, while earning 19 penalty corners. Junior co-captain Aisling Coyle had an impressive day leading the team in shots (10) and shots on goal (7) while scoring the first goal and assisting on the second.
After being tied at 1-1 throughout the second half, senior forward Jena Cacciatore scored the game-winning goal 4:05 into extra time on an assist Coyle following a penalty corner. The score is Cacciatore’s 22nd of her career and the Allentown, Pa., native now has surpassed the 50-point mark with 51 to begin her final season as a Buckeye.
The first 30 minutes of play went scoreless, but Ohio State was getting its offensive chances against the Bobcats, tallying eight penalty corners during the opening half. Following a Buckeye penalty corner, Coyle scored at 30:39 with an assist from sophomore All-American Berta Queralt.
However, Ohio answered the Scarlet and Gray just a minute later on a penalty corner of its own when junior Louzeth Schutte evened the score to 1-1 at 31:43.
In the second half, Ohio State had seven shots and 10 penalty corners but could not get anything pass senior Bobcat goalkeeper Courtney Seiders, who totaled eight saves in the game. The Buckeye defense stood strong, not allowing Ohio a shot after the Bobcats’ lone score – a span of 42:22.
Ohio State returns to Columbus this weekend for the grand opening of the new 500-seat Buckeye Varsity Field with two non-conference games. The Buckeyes open the home schedule against eighth-ranked Syracuse at 3 p.m. Friday. A ceremony will be held prior to the game at 2:45 p.m. and Ohio State field Hockey alumni are encouraged to attend.
Following the matchup vs. the Orange, the Buckeyes will be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday vs. Kent State. On Saturday, there also will be a neutral site game between Syracuse and Kent State at 2 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field.