October 28, 2018

Clotet’s Double Overtime Goal Pushes Ohio State Over Rutgers, 1-0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio –With 1:31 left in double overtime, Esther Clotet scored the only goal of the game to push the No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes over the No. 10 Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 1-0. With the win, the Buckeyes (12-7) advance to the semifinals of the 2018 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament.

 

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN

“I’m really proud of this team, not only for their ability to win today against a very dangerous Rutgers team, but just the mentality they have carried all season. We controlled play for extended periods of time and I thought we were able to generate some shots and penalty corners. Credit to Rutgers defense and their goalkeeper, they played very well today and kept us off the board.  We really had to fight for opportunities.”

“As the overtime periods went on, I could see us simplify some attack and we looked to strike at better moments when we had created advantages. What a great finish, what a great moment for this team to celebrate. This game just showcased just how tough the Big Ten conference is. We worked together through the various phases of the game and kept sustaining team play on both sides of the ball. I couldn’t be prouder for the team. They have worked very hard and earned this win. We will enjoy today and are looking forward to heading up to Northwestern next weekend.”

 

SCORING SUMMARY

It took 89 minutes for the only goal of the game to be scored. With under two minutes to play in the second overtime period, Kelsey Nolan brought the ball into the circle, passed the ball off to Esther Clotet, and Clotet pushed the ball past the Rutgers goalkeeper to secure the win for the Buckeyes.

 

GAME NOTES

  • The win puts Ohio State in the semifinals of the 2018 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament at Northwestern. The last time the Buckeyes advanced to the semifinals of the tournament was in 2013 when the team defeated No. 2 seed Northwestern, 3-2. Ohio State is now 21-24 in Big Ten tournament games.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 6-3 over the Scarlet Knights all time. The two teams met for the second time this season, with both games being decided in extra time.
  • Ohio State improves to 5-3 over higher ranked opponents on the season.
  • The team recorded 20 shots with Rutgers totaling six. In games that they outshoot their opponent, the Buckeyes are 7-2.
  • Behind three saves by Aaliyah Hernandez, Ohio State picked up its sixth shutout of the season. This is the most shutouts that an Ohio State team has recorded since 2010 when the Buckeyes’ recorded seven. Hernandez now has 54 saves on the season.
  • Esther Clotet scored her 11th goal of the season against the Scarlet Knights. Clotet leads the team in scoring and now leads the team with three game-winning goals on the season.
  • Clotet has now scored a goal in three consecutive games and has recorded a goal in six of the last seven games.
  • The Buckeyes recorded their 12th win of the season for the first time since 2011 when the team went 12-9.

 

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes will face No. 2 Maryland at Northwestern next Friday (1 p.m.) in the semifinals of the 2018 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The winner will advance to play in the final game on Sunday (3:30 p.m.).