Oct. 4, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With two second half goals, the No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team defeated No. 20 Louisville, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. With the win over the Cardinals (7- 5, 1-2 Big East), the Buckeyes (8-5, 2-0 Big Ten) have now won six-consecutive games this season.
“We took advantage of our opportunities in the second half and had great finishes by Berta and Danica,” head coach Anne Wilkinson said. “Our defense played as a unit and limited their chances throughout the game.”
The sun broke free of the clouds around the Columbus area just around game time of the non-conference matchup. Offensively, Ohio State was led by junior forwards Berta Queralt and Danica Deckard, who each tallied their ninth goals of the season, while senior back Jenn Sciulli posted both assists.
After a scoreless first half, the Buckeyes got on the board at 37:00 after Queralt deflected a shot from Sciulli in the front of the cage following a penalty corner. The native of Barcelona, Spain, Queralt was able to get solid contact on Sciulli’s slap shot from the top of the circle for the OSU goal.
Just moments later, Ohio State extended its lead, 2-0, when Deckard finished off an offensive play following a Louisville turnover. Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., stole the ball in Cardinal territory and found Deckard open inside the circle, who sent a shot off the back of cage for the score. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., has now collected 15 points in the last four games.
The Cardinals made it a one-score game with less than 10 minutes remaining when Elizabeth Vance knocked in a goal from the right side of the net at 63:50 and assisted by Hayley Turner.
However, the Buckeye defense, which limited Louisville to eight shots, held strong in the final moments of the game to help claim the victory. The Scarlet and Gray had a 14-8 advantage in shots and a 6-5 lead in penalty corners.
Senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis improved to 8-5 on the season, claiming three saves. Sciulli pushed her Big Ten leading defensive saves total to seven stops, while junior back Laura Napolitano claimed her first defensive save of 2011.
Ohio State closes out its home schedule Saturday as the Buckeyes host Big Ten opponent and 17th-ranked Iowa at Buckeye Varsity Field. The squad will honor its two seniors, Jenn Scuilli and Ally Tunitis, prior the 1 p.m. start.