September 18, 2022

No. 17 Wake Forest Edges No. 23 Ohio State, 1-0


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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State field hockey team saw itself on the wrong side of a hard-fought result on Sunday, as the Buckeyes dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Wake Forest at Buckeye Varsity Field in Columbus. Ohio State is now 3-3 on the season while Wake Forest picked up its fifth straight win to improve to 5-2.

The Short Story
The Demon Deacons scored the only goal of the game 2:27 into the fourth quarter, as Nat Freidman fed Brooke McCusker inside the circle. She beat Ohio State goalie Abby Danson with a shot to the lower right corner of the cage.

From there, Wake Forest kept the Buckeyes at bay by generating four fourth-quarter penalty corner opportunities. The Buckeyes pulled Danson with 4:40 remaining to get an extra offensive player on the field but couldn’t generate a good scoring opportunity.

Buckeye This and That

  • Leanne Bough, a senior captain, recorded her first career defensive save in the second half.
  • Wake Forest outshot Ohio State 8-1 in the opening quarter but the game remained scoreless thanks in large part to the Buckeyes’ penalty corner defense and the play of Danson, who made three first-quarter saves.
  • Of the six shots that Ohio State generated, forward Sarah Charley had two (both on corners) while Bough, Emma Goldean and Sarah Richards each had one.
  • Despite having an 11-6 edge in penalty corners, Wake was unable to score on any of its opportunities. Danson finished the day with seven saves. It was the third time in six games that she’s stopped seven or more shots.
  • Sunday marked the eighth all-time meeting between Ohio State and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons own a 6-2 edge in the series. Last year in Winston Salem, the Buckeyes won 2-1.
  • A total of 475 fans came out to see Sunday’s action, marking the second time in 48 hours that the Buckeyes drew a crowd of more than 400. On Friday, 576 saw Ohio State take on No. 3 Maryland. 

Statistically Speaking
Wake Forest 17, Ohio State 6
Shots on Goal: Wake Forest 9, Ohio State 2
Saves: Ohio State (Danson) 7, Wake Forest (Todd) 2
Penalty Corners: Wake Forest 11, Ohio State 6
Scoring Summary: 47:27 4th – WAKE Brooke McCusker (Nat Friedman)

What’s Next
Ohio State returns to conference play next weekend with a critical two-game trip east to take on Rutgers and Penn State. The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights meet in Piscataway on Friday at 3 p.m. before Ohio State heads to Penn State for a noon game on Sunday. Both contests will be streamed live on BTN+.