Sept. 7, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – An opportunistic goal by freshman Adelaide Penzone – her second in the last three games – lifted the Ohio State (2-3) field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over UC Davis (1-3) on Wednesday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field.
THE SHORT STORY
Penzone broke a 1-1 tie late in the second half when she corralled a ball originally sent into the circle by Casey Cole and poked it past Aggie goalkeeper Beth Lee. From there, the Ohio State defense didn’t allow a shot for the final 6:41 of regulation to preserve the lead.
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
After a first half that saw both teams combine for just nine shots, Ohio State finally broke through in the 41st minute thanks to another new face – Esther Clotet Alsina. A freshman from Barcelona, Spain, Clotet Alsina cleaned up a scramble in front of the goal after a pass was sent in by Maddy Humphrey, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead with 29:50 remaining. It was the second straight game Clotet Alsina has scored the first goal of the game.
That lead, however, proved to be short lived. UC Davis made its first penalty corner opportunity of the afternoon count as Courtney Hessler was in the right place at the right time to redirect a ball off the stick of Agustina Singh past Liz Tamburro and into the goal.
Knotted a 1-1 late in the final minutes, Penzone collected a ball sent into the circle by Cole and and found the back of the cage from close range. A freshman from nearby Powell, Ohio, Penzone also scored last Friday against No. 7 Wake Forest and has started each of the last three contests.
JUST THE NUMBERS
Shots: Ohio State 21, UC Davis 10 | Saves: UC Davis 8, Ohio State 5 | Penalty Corners: Ohio State 12, UC Davis 2
Scoring: Clotet Alsina (Humphrey) 40:10 | Hessler (Singh) 47:57 | Penzone (Cole) 63:19
TWO GAME TREND
After being outshot in each of their first three games, the Buckeyes have turned the offensive tide over the last two contests in a big way. Ohio State has combined to take 40 shots over the past two games while giving up just 15. It has also taken 23 penalty corners while its opponents (Ohio and UC Davis) have taken just three.
With a pair of freshman goal scorers on the afternoon, two of the Buckeyes’ top three scorers thus far are newcomers (Clotet Alsina – seven points; Penzone – four points). As a whole, the newcomers have contributed 15 of Ohio State’s 35 points.
TOTAL TEAM EFFORT
A total of 17 different players saw action on Wednesday afternoon with 14 of them logging 24 minutes or more. Ohio State’s 21 shots came from eight different players, led by Morgan Kile (six shots) and Cole (five shots).
Ohio State will seek to extend its winning streak to three games when it welcomes in-state rival Miami to Buckeye Varsity Field on Sunday. Gametime is set for noon.