Oct. 22, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team posted a 2-0 shutout at No. 8 Penn State Saturday afternoon in State College, Pa. With the Top 10 victory, the Buckeyes (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten) are now tied for second place in the Big Ten standings with the Nittany Lions and Iowa headed into the final week of the regular season.
Defensively, senior tri-captain Ally Tunitisnotched her third shutout of the season and 13th of her career. The native of Macungie, Pa., Tunitis is now third on the OSU all-time shutouts list, passing former Buckeye Kim Willis (1985-87).
The Buckeyes got off to a solid start when Queralt made it 1-0 at 10:33 following a penalty corner. Sciulli was credited with the assist. The native of Barcelona, Spain, Queralt now has a team-high 24 points (10g, 4a). Ohio State is 9-0 this season when scoring the first goal of the game.
The next 24 minutes went scoreless as the OSU defense denied nine shots by Penn State in the first half with Tunitis claiming four saves.
In the second half, Sciulli continued the momentum with a goal at 52:52 on a penalty corner. The ball was knocked around in the circle when Sciulli gained possession in front of the cage and sent it to the backboard. Sciulli now has a career-high 14 points (4g, 6a).
The Nittany Lions claimed three penalty corners in the final 10 minutes, but the Buckeye defense held strong to claim the team’s third shutout of the season. Tunitis improves to 10-7 overall, posting six saves.
Overall, Penn State held a 15-6 advantage in shots and a 9-4 lead in penalty corners.
The Buckeyes conclude the regular season at Northwestern at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 in Evanston, Ill.