COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-seed Ohio State Buckeyes fell to the second-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes team this afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. After a 4-1 decision, the Buckeyes’ run in the tournament was halted. The University of Iowa will advance onto the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament and play No. 3 Northwestern tomorrow night.
The Buckeyes struggled to find a rhythm in the first half of play, entering halftime down 3-0. Ohio State managed to pick up some momentum and take possession of the ball at the end of the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net before the buzzer.
The lone score for the Buckeyes came from a fourth-quarter goal by freshman Mackenzie Allessie, her 16th of the season. She ends her freshman campaign with 37 points. Other Buckeyes who took shots in today’s contest included Nikki Trzaska, Whitney Harris, Esther Clotet Alsina and Jessica Hourihane. Goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez stopped four shots for the scarlet and gray.
Both teams were awarded four penalty corners during the contest, but the Hawkeyes managed to outshoot the Buckeyes 15-5.
HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN ON THE SEASON
“Credit to a very good Iowa team. They executed well and showed why they are the No. 2 seed in the tournament. We started off strong and found some good rhythm and intensity towards the end of the first half but our small lapses cost us. We played better in the third quarter and really moved the ball well, but it was a tough situation to come back from.
I am proud of the team for what they have accomplished this year, overall. They wanted to be challenged and showed heart when things weren’t going well. I am also proud of the senior class and what they have done during their time here. We are learning and growing each season and the seniors have done so much individually to help this program be better.”