September 17, 2021

No. 24 Ohio State Extends Winning Streak to Five Straight


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – 24th-ranked Ohio State extended its season-long winning streak to five games as it opened Big Ten Conference play with a 4-3 over No. 25 Michigan State in East Lansing. The Buckeyes are 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in Big Ten play while the Spartans fall to 5-1, 0-1.

The Short Story
Ohio State’s four goals came from four different players as the Buckeyes fought back from an early 1-0 deficit and never trailed after taking a 2-1 second-quarter lead. Freshman Hallie Brost scored what proved to be the game-winning goal 58 seconds into the fourth quarter.

How The Goals Were Scored

  • Michigan State’s Maddie McDonough scored 1:19 into the first quarter to stake the Spartans to a quick 1-0 lead, but that advantage would be short-lived, as Ohio evened the score at 1-all 11 minutes later on freshman Cameryn Forgash’s second goal of the season.
  • The Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead when Katie Pyle was in the right place at the right time to deflect in a Delaney Lawler shot in the 23rd minute to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead. Michigan State answered five minutes later on a penalty corner goal to knot the score at 2-2 heading into halftime.
  • Sarah Charley’s unassisted tally – her first of the season – put the Buckeyes ahead 3-2 with under two minutes to play in the third quarter and Ohio State converted a key penalty corner early in the fourth quarter for a two-goal cushion at 4-2. Brost scored on the play off an assist from fellow freshman Megan McKenna.
  • Ellie Rutherford scored on a corner for Michigan State with 2:28 remaining to cut the Ohio State lead to 4-3, but the Spartans failed to get a shot off for the remainder of the quarter as the Buckeyes held on for the win.

Statistically Speaking
Michigan State 15, Ohio State 13
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 11, Michigan State 7
Penalty Corners: Michigan State 10, Ohio State 3
Saves: Michigan State (Jardell) 7, Ohio State (Hernandez) 4

 This and That

  • The Buckeyes’ five-game winning streak is their longest since 2018 when they also won five straight from Oct. 5 through Oct. 19.
  • Freshman accounted for five of Ohio State’s 11 points on Friday.
  • Sammy Stone, Megan MeKenna and Delaney Lawler were all credited with assists. Charley’s third-quarter goal was unassisted.
  • Since the middle of last spring season, Ohio State has won 13 of its last 16 games.
  • The four goals on Friday matched a season-high (Ohio State also scored four against Lafayette on Sept. 3).
  • The Buckeyes won their Big Ten Conference opener for the first time since 2015, when they also defeated Michigan State, 2-1.
  • Ohio State has won five straight games against Michigan State.

What’s Next

  • Ohio State has a chance to pick up another win over a ranked opponent on Sunday when they welcome No. 11 Virginia to Buckeye Varsity Field. Game time is set for noon. Admission, as always, is free.
  • The game will also be streamed live on BTN+ with Brendan Gulick on the call.