COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first road contest of the season, the No. 24 Ohio State field hockey team picked up its first win of the season, defeating the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals 3-2 in overtime. The Buckeyes improve to 1-1 on the season as the Cardinals fall to 1-1.
The Buckeyes struggled to get themselves into scoring opportunities in the first half. The team was only able to get one shot off and take one penalty corner while Louisville rattled off seven shots and took five corners. Goalkeeper Ellen Westfall picked up two saves, but the Buckeyes were unable to put a stop to the Louisville offense, giving up two goals in two minutes.
After 15 minutes of play, the Cardinals’ Mercedes Pastor scored to put the Cardinals on the board, and two minutes later, Louisville added their second on a breakaway from Erica Cooper.
The Buckeyes went scoreless in the first 35 minutes and entered halftime down 2-0.
The Buckeyes came out a new team in the second half, demanding control of the game.
The team earned three penalty corners, capitalizing off their second awarded corner of the half. Senior Courtney Daniels scored Ohio State’s first goal of the game off of assists from Sammy Stone and Hannah Pany to put the Buckeyes within one of the Cardinals with 27 minutes to play in regulation.
With more offensive opportunities occurring later in the game and strong defensive stops, the Buckeyes would shut out Louisville for the rest of the half.
At the 65-minute mark, sophomore Mara Hunter entered the game for Aaliyah Hernandez to create a man-up situation for the Scarlet and Gray. Under three minutes later, Sammy Stone scored to even the score at 2-2 with two minutes to play.
In the first overtime game of the season for the Buckeyes, Esther Clotet scored just 1:29 into the period to push the Buckeyes over the Cardinals. Clotet was assisted by senior Kelsey Nolan.
QUOTES FROM COACH JARRED MARTIN
“I am proud of the Buckeyes for the comeback win against a very talented and well coached Louisville team. We changed a few things heading in to the second half and to see the discipline down the stretch, to work as a unit and execute was a huge positive this early in the season.”
“We talk a lot about the collective and how our success depends on the group. I am so proud of how the team handled themselves and adjusted as a group to get better as the game went on.”
“We will take some great things to build and improve on. In the end I couldn’t be happier for the team and what they did today.”
The Buckeyes remain on the road as they take on No. 25 Maine on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6:00 p.m.