Sept. 16, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A fast starting Ohio State offense was able to strike first against No. 15 Northwestern, but the Buckeyes (3-4, 0-1) ultimately saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-1 setback against the Wildcats (5-2, 1-0) on Friday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field.
THE SHORT STORY
Freshman Esther Clotet Alsina’s score off a pass from sophomore Casey Cole just 3:08 into regulation staked Ohio State to an early 1-0 lead, but Northwestern would respond with three goals in a three minute span midway through the first half and another goal with just 25 seconds left before halftime to open a 4-1 lead and never look back.
BUCKEYE CREATE OFFENSE EARLY
Facing its fourth ranked opponent this season, Ohio State had the better of play early, especially on offense. It started with an OSU penalty corner just 1:18 into the contest and was proceeded by three good looks at the goal – two shots by Clotet Alsina and one from Maddy Humphrey. Two of these attempts were saved, but the third one was not. Clotet Alsina was able to beat NU goalie Lindsa von der Luft from approximately five yards out to the upper left of the cage, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead with 31:52 remaining in the first half.
The Wildcats, one of the highest scoring teams in the country (3.83 goals/game, 21.8 shots/game), would knot the score at 1-1 in the 12th minute when Puck Pentenga backhanded a shot from five yards out in front of goalie Liz Tamburro. Prior to that, the Buckeyes’ defense had successfully defended NU’s first penalty corner of the game.
WILDCATS GO AHEAD FOR GOOD
In a span of just 55 seconds midway through the first half, Northwestern scored twice and gave itself a 3-1 advantage, a lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. Dominique Masters, the team’s second leading scorer, started it off when she converted a penalty corner at the at the 20:58 mark. Less than a minute later, Eva van Agt tipped in a shot from off the stick of Masters to make it 3-1. With just 25 seconds remaining in the first half, Saar van Breij made it 4-1 when she took a pass from Masters inside the circle at close range. Masters finished with a goal and two assists on the afternoon.
ONE SECOND HALF GOAL
The only goal of the second half came less than three minutes after intermission when Kristen Mansfield tapped in a shot from the left corner of the cage off a pass from Isabel Flens. The Buckeyes would generate six penalty corners and six shots in the half but couldn’t put one past von der Luft.
BUCKEYE DEFENSIVE EFFORT
Tamburro made seven saves on the afternoon, including five in the second half. Ohio State’s defense limited NU’s leading scorer, Isabel Flens, two just two shots (only one was on goal).
JUST THE NUMBERS
Shots: Northwestern 19, Ohio State 13 | Saves: Ohio State 7, Northwestern 6 | Penalty Corners: Ohio State 9, Northwestern 7
Goals: Clotet Alsina (Cole) 3:08 | Pentenga (de Breij) 11:26 | Masters (Miller, Gandhi) 14:02 | van Agt (Masters) 14:57 | de Breij (Masters) 34:35 | Mansfield (Flens) 37:59
Ohio State will have a quick turnaround as it heads to Louisville, Ky. to face the sixth-ranked Cardinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game can be seen live on ACC Network Extra and WatchESPN.