COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio State field hockey team dominated at home on Friday, defeating the James Madison Dukes, 5-0. The Buckeyes improve to 9-5 on the season while the Dukes fall to 4-8.
QUOTE FROM HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN
“There are areas of our game that we have been focusing on to prepare for post-season play and we saw elements of that today. We were aggressive and defended well in numbers. Our attack unit was sharp today and scored some great goals that came from some passing sequences. It’s always great to get a shutout, but especially against a JMU team that has the ability to score quickly with their speed and aggressiveness.”
“I liked our energy and overall work rate, and those are two pieces we need to continue throughout. We have a big game on Sunday versus in-state Kent State and that’s another opportunity for us to keep building and improving to be at our best.”
After scoring her first goal last weekend, Emma Goldean started off the scoring for the Buckeyes in the eighth minute, redirecting a shot from Casey Cole off a corner.
Nine minutes later, Sina Schwinn was fed a pass from the Ohio State side of the field, dribbled around her defender, and knocked her shot past the James Madison goalkeeper to add to the Buckeye lead.
Ohio State continued their scoring spree with a goal from Esther Clotet off a corner in the 23rd minute. Clotet scored again 15 minutes later to put the Buckeyes up four on the Dukes in the first half.
In the second half, the Buckeyes continued to dominate on offense. Katie Pyle fed a pass through the circle to Julianna Sweeney who put one in the back of the net with 26 minutes to play in the game. Neither team would score for the remainder of the contest.
The Buckeyes take on Kent State on Sunday (noon) in Kent. Ohio State is 23-8 against the Golden Flashes all-time.