August 28, 2022

Ohio State Improves to 2-0 On the Season; Tops UAlbany, 3-0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 22-ranked Ohio State field hockey team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 3-0 win at UAlbany (1-1) on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes pulled away with two goals early in the third quarter and got another stellar defensive effort, highlighted by eight saves from goalkeeper Abby Danson.

The Short Story
Another balanced offensive performance saw three different players net goals for the Buckeyes. Sarah Charley converted on a penalty stroke just before halftime and Hallie Brost and Makenna Webster added third-quarter goals to provide the final margin.

The Buckeyes’ offensive generated 12 total shots over the final three quarters. The defense, meanwhile, held the Great Danes to just eight shots in the final 45 minutes of the game.

How It Happened

  • While Albany controlled much of the pace on offense in the first quarter, the Buckeyes turned the tables in the second quarter and were able to generate three shots, two of which were on goal.
  • The Buckeyes finally cashed in on a scoring chance late in the opening 30 minutes. With 27 seconds remaining before halftime, Sarah Charley was award a penalty stroke. She converted on the opportunity, sending the shot past Albany goalkeeper Lara Behn to give the scarlet and gray a 1-0 lead at the break.
  • The goal was the first of the season for Charley and the 14th of her career.
  • In the first six minutes of the third quarter, Ohio State was able to put two more goals on the board and pull away from the Great Danes.
  • It started with Hallie Brost’s second goal of the weekend, a rebounded shot off the pads of Albany goalie Behn. Brost was there to capitalized on the opportunity 2:46 in the third quarter to make the score 2-0 in favor of Ohio State.
  • Four minutes later, Makenna Webster scored her first collegiate goal when she dribbled into the circle, dodged the goalie and placed the ball in the back of the cage. 

Buckeye This and That

  • Sunday was the sixth all-time meeting between Ohio State and UAlbany. The Buckeyes now lead the series 4-2.
  • The Buckeyes post back-to-back shutouts to start the season for the first time in 33 years. In 1989, Ohio State defeated Louisville 5-0 and Ohio 6-0 in open the season.
  • Ohio State’s seven goals this weekend came from six different players.
  • Three players scored their first career goals this weekend: freshman Zella Bailey, junior Makenna Webster and sophomore Claudia Thomas
  • Sunday’s game was a family reunion of sorts for the Zunic family. Jenna Zunic, a sophomore for Ohio State who did not play due to injury, has two sisters on UAlbany’s roster: Julianne and Rylee. Jenna, Julianne and Rylee are triplets.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-0 for the third time in head coach Jarred Martin’s six-year tenure.
  • Goalie Abby Danson did not allow a goal in 120:00 of action this weekend and finished with 11 saves.

Statistically Speaking
Shots:
Ohio State 12, UAlbany 12
Saves:
Ohio State (Danson) 8, UAlbany (Behn and Mangan) 4
Penalty Corners:
Albany 6, Ohio State 4
Scoring:
29:33 – OSU – Charley (penalty stroke); 32:46 – OSU – Brost (unassisted); 36:10 – OSU – Webster (unassisted)

What’s Next
The Buckeyes return to Columbus and will face Lehigh in their home opener next Sunday, Sept. 4, at noon. Admission at Buckeye Varsity Field in free, as is parking. Additionally, the game will be streamed live on BTN+.