August 27, 2021

Ohio State Defeats Ball State 1-0 to Open 2021 Season


Final Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Leanne Bough wears No. 1 for the Ohio State field hockey team, which ended up being the number of the day for the Buckeyes in their season opener.

A junior from Whitney Point, N.Y., Bough scored the lone goal of the game 3:03 into the third quarter to lift the Buckeyes to a 1-0 victory over Ball State on Friday afternoon at Briner Sports Complex in Muncie, Ind.

The Buckeyes are 1-0 on the season and won their season opener for the third time in the last six years. Ball State is 0-1. 

How It Happened

  • Bough broke a scoreless tie early in the third quarter when she converted on a penalty corner, dribbling into the circle and sending a shot past Ball State goalie Hannah Johnston to the lower right corner. It was her fourth career goal in her 31st game. Junior Delaney Lawler and senior Sammy Stone were credited with assists on the play.
  • On the defensive end of the field, Ohio State goalie Abby Danson, a sophomore, registered her second career shutout. She made three saves.

This and That

  • Three freshmen made their first collegiate starts in Friday’s season opener: midfielder Claudia Thomas (Louisville, Ky.), forward Hallie Brost (Richmond, Va.) and Cameryn Forgash (Swoyersville, Pa.).
  • Despite being knotted at 0-all after the first two quarters, Ohio State outshot Ball State 8-2 in the first half and had a 4-1 advantage in penalty corners.
  • Ohio State outshot Ball State 6-1 in the third quarter and had all five penalty corners.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 18-7 all-time against Ball State and 125-38-4 against current members of the Mid-American Conference.
  • Dating back to last spring season, Ohio State has won eight of its last 10 games.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 15, Ball State 6
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 7, Ball State 3
Penalty Corners: Ohio State 9, Ball State 4
Saves: Ball State (Johnston) 6, Ohio State (Danson) 3
Scoring: Bough – 33:03 3rd Quarter – assisted by Lawler and Stone

What’s Next
Ohio State has the remainder of the weekend off from competition and returns to action on Tuesday, Aug. 31 when it travels to in-state foe Kent State. Game time is set for 4 p.m.