September 24, 2021

Ohio State, Louisville Meet Monday Afternoon in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A five-game midseason homestand continues for the Ohio State field hockey team on Monday as it welcomes No. 5-ranked Louisville to Columbus for a non-conference matchup. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

The Basics
No. 5 Louisville (7-1) vs. No. 19 Ohio State (6-2) // Monday, Sept. 27 // 4 p.m. // Buckeye Varsity Field
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Briefly on the Buckeyes

  • Ohio State has been off since a 2-1 setback last Sunday vs. No. 11 Virginia. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak.
  • The Buckeyes are No. 19 in this week’s NFHCA poll, its highest ranking of the season.
  • Ohio State has scored 16 goals in eight games thus far and those goals have come from seven different players.
  • Junior Leanne Bough leads the way with five goals, including four game-winners.
  • Megan McKenna, a sophomore, is next with three tallies while senior Katie Pyle, freshman Cameryn Forgash and senior Emma Goldean each have two.
  • The Buckeyes are allowing just 1.50 goals per game anchored by the goalkeeping of Aaliyah Hernandez, who has a 1.40 goals-against average, .763 save percentage and 29 total stops.

Home Sweet Home

  • Monday’s game is the second of five consecutive at home for the Scarlet and Gray over the next two weeks.
  • Next weekend, Ohio State has a matchup waiting against No. 1 Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 3 at noon. The Buckeyes and Wolverines last met in the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game last April.
  • Following that contest, Ohio State is home the weekend of Oct. 8-10 to host Indiana on Oct. 8 and Ohio on Oct. 10.
  • Since 2018, the Buckeyes have 16 home wins and have had a record of .500 or better at home in three of four seasons.

Where They Rank…

  • Senior goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez is among the top 25 nationally in goals-against average (19th) and save percentage (22nd).
  • She’s sixth and fourth, respectively, in those categories among Big Ten goalies.
  • Leanne Bough’s 0.62 goals per game is 10th in the conference and her 1.25 points per game ranks 17th.

More on the Cardinals

  • The Cardinals started the season with a 7-0 record for the second straight year, matching a school-record start before falling 2-0 to No. 2 Iowa last Sunday.
  • Mattie Tabor leads the team with four goals and 10 points. All of her goals have been game-winners and she leads the ACC in that category.
  • Louisville finished the 2020-21 season with a 14-6 overall record and ranked No. 3 in the NFHCA coaches’ poll and reached the program’s first NCAA Final Four.
  • Prior to coming to Columbus, Louisville has a road game at No. 18 Duke on Friday.

A Series History Lesson

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series 18-11.
  • The last meeting coming on September 15, 2019, a 2-1 win for the Cardinals
  • The Buckeyes won back-to-back overtime games in the series in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
  • Each of the last five games has been decided by one goal.

How to Follow the Buckeyes

  • All of Ohio State’s non-televised home games – in addition to its Big Ten Conference road games – will be streamed live on BTN+ (subscription required).
  • The Oct. 22 and Oct. 24 home games against Penn State and Rutgers, respectively, will be carried live on BTN.
  • Admission to all Ohio State games at Buckeye Varsity Field is free.