COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (8-8) picked up two road victories this weekend, closing out the series with an in-state matchup against Kent State (10-7). The Buckeyes defeated the Golden Flashes 4-0 in the final non-conference game of the season. It was Ohio State’s fourth shutout of the season and improves their all-time record vs. Kent State to 25-8.
Four Buckeyes scored in today’s matchup: Katie Pyle, Esther Clotet Alsina and Mackenzie Allessie. Whitney Harris also picked up two assists on the second and third goal of the game. Allessie scored her 14th goal of the season with the third quarter shot and now totals 33 points on the season, surpassing last season’s high held by Clotet Alsina, who had 26. Allesie’s accuracy this season for the Scarlet and Gray has been impeccable; she boasts a shot-on-goal percentage of .732 after 56 shots. All four goals were scored in the first 32 minutes of the contest, a stat uncharacteristic of the Buckeyes who have favored fourth quarter scoring all season. The Buckeyes created a shot advantage in this afternoon’s contest, out-shooting the Gold Flashes 18-6.
Aaliyah Hernandez and the backs did their jobs as well. They successfully kept all six shots from Kent State out of the goal. Hernandez alone made four saves in the contest.
QUOTE FROM HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN:
“Good weekend for the team. To go 2-0 on the weekend, picking up a win against a good Penn State team help us qualify for the conference tournament and claiming a shutout win against Kent State, who just claimed the regular-season MAC title, is great. We have been focusing our possession and our defensive structure and today we showed improvement in both of those areas. We need to stay focused and keep working towards next weekend at Michigan State as we work towards playing our best hockey in post-season.”