COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 12 Ohio State field hockey team suffered a 4-1 setback today to No. 11 Northwestern in the Big Ten opener for both teams at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Buckeyes are now 4-3 on the season while Northwestern in 7-2.
The lone Ohio State goal in the contest was made by Mackenzie Allessie in the second quarter. Allessie danced around the defender to make a successful shot from the top of the circle to put the Buckeyes on the board. It marked her sixth goal of the season and tied her with Esther Clotet Alsina and Nikki Trzaska for the team lead in goals scored. Allessie also leads the team with 16 points and has at least one goal in three straight games.
Three of Northwestern’s four goals came from freshman Bente Bakers. Five minutes into the contest, Lakin Berry fired a shot that deflected off of goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez for the first goal of the game. That was followed by a goal from Baekers in the thirteenth minute, shot from the top of the circle and deflected off of a defensive stick. Baekers was assisted by Kayla Blas.
Northwestern scored two goals in the second half – both by Bakers – and limited Ohio State to just three total shots over the final 30 minutes.
Hernandez had four saves this evening. The Buckeyes were outshot, 12-5, and were awarded two penalty corners – one in the first quarter and another in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t find a clean path for the ball. Northwestern had six corners.
The Buckeyes will have a week to prepare to face No. 8 Iowa in Iowa City next Friday, Sept. 27.
HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN ON THE GAME: “Northwestern deserved the win. We started off slow and didn’t show the intensity we needed to succeed and that needs to change tomorrow at practice. We have good pieces and will keep working to build those together. With the rest of the weekend off, we have a couple days to focus on Ohio State Field Hockey and get better.”