September 21, 2018

Ohio State Topped on the Road by No. 3 Maryland, 1-0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After an early goal by Maryland in the first half, No. 23 Ohio State dropped its first Big Ten road game of the season to the No. 3 Terrapins, 1-0. The Buckeyes (4-5) drop to 0-2 in the Big Ten on the season while the Terrapins (10-0) improve to 2-0.

 

SCORING SUMMARY

The lone goal of the contest was scored two and a half minutes into the first half. On their first penalty corner of the game, the Terrapins netted a shot for an early lead that would not change for the remaining 67 minutes.

 

The Buckeyes found themselves on defense for most of the first half, as Maryland put up 10 shots while Ohio State recorded three. The team remained poised when the ball was on its half, working tirelessly to keep Maryland from increasing the lead.

 

Goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez was busy all night, with Maryland rattling off 21 shots with 11 landing on cage. Hernandez made multiple agile and diving saves and even shut down a one-on-one with a Terrapin to keep the Maryland lead to one.

 

GAME NOTES

  • The Buckeyes are now 0-13 against the Terrapins in series history.
  • With the one goal decision, each of the Buckeyes’ five losses this season have been by just one goal.
  • Ohio State is now 2-2 when playing higher ranked opponents this season.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez put on her best performance of her career as a Buckeye against Maryland. The Virginia Beach, Va. native recorded nine saves on ten shots faced, a career high.
  • The Ohio State defense recorded its first save of the season. Junior Whitney Harris stopped a penalty corner shot 10 minutes into the second half to help keep the Buckeyes within one of the Terrapins.
  • In 13 meetings, this game marked the fourth time that the Buckeyes were able to keep the Terrapins to a one-goal lead. The last time the Buckeyes did this was in 2016, losing to the Terrapins 2-1 in overtime.
  • Ohio State was able to keep Maryland, who led the Big Ten in offense leading into the game with 4.0 goals per game, to just one goal.

 

NEXT UP

The Buckeyes continue their road trip as they head to New Jersey to take on No. 17 Rutgers in Piscataway on Sunday (1 p.m.). The game will be broadcast on BTN ($).