Final Stats // Season Stats
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 22nd-ranked Ohio State field hockey team dropped its first contest of the 2021 campaign on Tuesday, suffering a 3-1 setback at Kent State to conclude a two-game road trip to start the season. The Buckeyes are now 1-1 on the year while Kent State improves to 2-1.
The Short Story
The Buckeyes took 1-0 lead six minutes into the second quarter, but Kent State battled back with a tying goal later in the second quarter and two more in the third period to pull away for the 3-1 triumph.
The Golden Flashes outshot Ohio State 12-10 and each team finished with three penalty corners.
How the Goals Were Scored
- Ohio State’s Megan McKenna scored her first career goal on a penalty stroke 6:10 into the second quarter, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. It was the second straight game that Ohio State scored first.
- Five minutes later, the Golden Flashes had an equalizer, as Luisa Knapp dribbled into the circle and got a shot past Buckeye goalie Abby Danson to tie the game at 1-all. That’s the way it stayed through halftime.
- Kent State was able to put together a momentum-changing offensive flurry early in the third quarter, scoring twice in less than two minutes to take a 3-1 lead.
- Jenna McCrudden scored an unassisted tally first and then the Golden Flashes converted on a penalty corner one minute later as Ashley Bonetz found the back of the cage.
This and That
- Both Ohio State goalies saw action on Wednesday. Abby Danson, a sophomore, played the first 45 minutes before giving way to Aaliyah Hernandez, a senior, for the fourth quarter.
- Hernandez made a pair of saves in her 15 minutes of work.
- Leanne Bough and Sammy Stone both lead the team with two shots each.
- Ohio State’s defense held Kent State without a shot in the first quarter.
- After opening the season with back-to-back road games, Ohio State comes back to Columbus and will play its home opener on Friday at 4 p.m. vs. Lafayette.
- All Ohio State field hockey games are free to the public and parking is available at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
- Friday’s contest is part of the Buckeye Invitational. On Sunday, Indiana will take of Lafayette and the Buckeyes wrap up play in the event on Monday, Sept. 6 vs. Miami at 3 p.m.
- All three games of the Buckeyes Invitational – including the neutral site contest – will be streamed on BTN+.