Sept. 23, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For the second time in less than a week, the Ohio State field hockey team stood toe to toe with a top 10 opponent. On Friday night at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, the result, unfortunately, was the same as last Sunday. Michigan (7-1, 2-0) scored with just over 11 minutes remaining in the first half and made that goal stand up the rest of the way, eking out a 1-0 win over Ohio State (3-6, 0-2) in front of a crowd of 767.
THE SHORT STORY
One of the top defensive teams in the nation, Michigan held Ohio State to just six shots — all in the second half — and snuffed out a couple of Buckeye scoring opportunities in the final 10 minutes to earn the victory. In goal, junior Liz Tamburro made a season-high nine saves.
HOW THE GOAL WAS SCORED
Michigan earned the game’s first four penalty corners and finally made the fourth one count in the 24th minute. Fay Keijer tipped in a ball from Meg Dowthwaite high off a corner sweep to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. That would be the only score of the night, as UM didn’t allow an Ohio State shot in the first 35 minutes.
TAMBURRO KEEPS IT CLOSE
Tamburro, the Big Ten leader is saves, snuffed out a Michigan penalty corner midway through the first half by making two saves, one off the stick of Katie Trombetta and the other coming from Eliza Stein. Just before halftime, she picked up three more saves when she denied Bree Bednarski, Esther Leijer and Stein.
BUCKEYE OFFENSE COMES TO LIFE
Seven minutes into the second half, Ohio State was awarded its first penalty corner, resulting in a Whitney Harris shot that went wide. The Buckeyes would get off five more shots in the second half, one of which was saved. That shot, off the stick of Irene Fritschy, came with just under three minutes remaining and was Ohio State’s final threat.
Ohio State’s five shots came from three different players — Harris (two), Esther Clotet Alsina (two) and Fritschy (two).
DID THE KNOW
Five of the last six meetings between Ohio State and Michigan have been one-goal games. The Buckeyes have played four one-goal games this year, going 2-2.
JUST THE NUMBERS
Shots: Michigan 15, Ohio State 6 | Saves: Ohio State 9, Michigan 1 | Penalty Corners: Michigan 8, Ohio State 5
Scoring: Keijer (Dowthwaite) 23:58
The Buckeyes will stay in the state of Michigan this weekend and have a date with Michigan State in East Lansing on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game can be seen live on BTN Plus (subscription required).