Aug. 31, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by two goals by senior forward Danica Deckard, the Ohio State field hockey team defeated No. 25 American, 2-0, Friday afternoon at the William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex in Washington, D.C. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., scored both goals for the Buckeyes (2-1) in the second half, while the Ohio State defense limited the Eagles (0-3) to just two shots.
In the first half, the Buckeyes had a great chance to take the lead during the 21st minute, but a shot by freshman forward Peanut Johnson went off the post to keep the game scoreless. Ohio State had a 6-1 advantage in shots and a 2-1 lead in penalty corners during the first 35 minutes.
The Scarlet and Gray got on the board early following halftime when Deckard scored her third goal of the season at 36:39. With her speed, Deckard was able to run up the left side of the field, beating the AU backfield to the circle for the score.
Ten minutes later, the Buckeyes received a penalty stroke following an AU foul in the circle, but Deckard’s attempt was saved by goalkeeper Ashley Dalisera.
Ohio State pushed its lead to 2-0 minutes after a timeout during the 62nd minute. Deckard claimed her fourth goal of the year at 61:51. The OSU captain has all four goals for the team through three games and posted 11 shots, including seven on goal vs. the Eagles.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker improved to 2-1. The Ohio State defense was dominant throughout the entire competition, allowing one shot and one penalty corner in each half. The OSU backfield has now collected back-to-back shutouts – both vs. Top 25 opponents. The squad defeated No. 18 UNH, 1-0, Aug. 26 in Durham, N.H.
Overall, Ohio State had a 15-2 lead in shots and a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Head coach Anne Wilkinson, who spent nine seasons at American as head coach, was recognized before the game along with several of her former players in attendance. She earned two conference of the year honors and led the Eagles to a 15-win season in 1994.
The Buckeyes will now travel to College Park, Md., to face No. 1 Maryland at 1 p.m. Sunday.