Sept. 2, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a goals by freshman Adelaide Penzone and junior Maddy Humphrey, the Ohio State field hockey team dropped a hard-fought 4-2 decision to No. 7 Wake Forest on Friday afternoon in the opening game of this year’s Buckeye Invitational.
THE SHORT STORY
Wake Forest (2-1) netted four goals in a nine minute span midway through the first half to build a 4-0 lead that it would not relinquish. The Buckeyes (0-3) chipped away, putting scores on the board late in the first half (31st minute) and midway through the second half, but could get no closer.
FIRST HALF FLURRY
Wake Forest attacked from on onset of the first half, getting four quick penalty corners in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Those chances were all snuffed out by the Ohio State defense, however, including a defensive save early in the contest by junior defender Caroline Rath.
The Demon Deacons finally converted on an opportunity when Heather Wiley sent a ball in from deep in the corner, setting it up for Karlee Spirit to tap it in from close range.
Less than three minutes later, Wake Forest finally converted on a penalty corner opportunity, as Nicola Pluta sent home a shot past Ohio State goalie Liz Tamburro to make it 2-0. The score was assisted by Megan Anderson and Emily Conroe.
With just under 12 minutes to play in the first half, Wake Forest scored twice in a two-minute span that gave it a four-goal cushion. Leading scorer Julie Grashoff started it out when she scored unassisted from close range in the circle and then Sarah Thornhill finished it with a goal at six yards out.
BUCKEYES CHIP AWAY
Penzone, a freshman from nearby Powell, Ohio and a St. Francis DeSales graduate, made Ohio State’s first shot of the game count. She finished off a pass in from close range from Humphrey for her first collegiate points, cutting the Wake Forest deficit to 4-1 at the 4:28 mark of the first half.
In the 51st minute, Humphrey tapped in a penalty corner shot by Morgan Kile past Wake Forest goalie Cat O’Connor to make the score 4-2, although that’s as close as the Buckeyes would get (freshman Maartje Bongers also was credited with an assist). After generating just one shot in the first half, Ohio State got four shots in the second (two of which were on goal).
EARLY SEASON SUCCESS
Humphrey continued a trend of early-season scoring, as she has now netted a goal in each of Ohio State’s first three games. Last year, she had at least one points in the first eight contests that she played.
The Buckeye Invitational continues on Sunday with a doubleheader – Wake Forest battles Indiana at noon while Ohio State tangles with in-state rival Ohio at 3 p.m. Admission, as always, is free.