February 17, 2023

Strong Second Half Leads Buckeyes to 10-4 Win at SDSU


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 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jamie Level had a hat trick and Ohio State shut out the Aztecs for more than 23 minutes in the second half, leading to a 10-4 road win for the Buckeyes at San Diego State Friday evening. The Buckeyes improve to 3-0 on the year with the victory.

Each team scored once in the first quarter and the Buckeyes led 3-2 at halftime. The Aztecs tied the game early in the third before a seven-goal Ohio State run, with four in the third quarter and three in the fourth, put the game out of reach for SDSU. The Buckeyes held the Aztecs scoreless for 23:04. Ohio State outshot San Diego State 38-25 and goalie Regan Alexander made 11 saves.

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How it Happened

  • Each team tallied just one time in the first quarter. San Diego State opened the scoring at 12:59 and 1:01 later Buckeye freshman Zoe Coleman notched her first collegiate goal.
  • The second was also a low-scoring stanza, with the Buckeyes outscoring the Aztecs 2-1.
  • Jamie Level converted a free position chance to put the Buckeyes in the lead at 13:22 and at 6:57 Nicole Ferrara recorded her team-best 11th goal of the year. SDSU stopped the Buckeyes’ three-goal run at 3:23, making it a one-goal game at the half (3-2).
  • At the 11:14 mark of the third quarter San Diego State tied the game at three.
  • The Buckeyes took over from there, with four goals before the end of the quarter. Caly O’Brien scored at 10:39 and just 12 seconds later Ohio State found the back of the cage again, with Level scoring after a draw control.
  • Casey Roberts put the Buckeyes up 6-3 at 6:34 and with just two seconds left in the quarter Sarah Klein added a goal for a 7-3 lead.
  • Ohio State stretched its goal run to  seven with the first three goals of the fourth quarter. Ferrara notched her second of the game at 11:58, Brynn Ammerman set up Jamie Lasda at 10:39 and Level completed her hat trick at 4:18.
  • The Aztecs ended a scoring drought of 23:04 when they tallied what would be the game’s final goal at 3:10.
  • Ohio State outshot San Diego State, 38-25, and had the ground ball advantage, 25-18. The Buckeyes won the draw control battle, 12-5. San Diego State made 17 saves and Buckeye goalie Regan Alexander had 11 stops for her second straight game with double-digit saves.
  • O’Brien had six draw controls to lead the Buckeyes and Level had three. Sarah Johnson and Coleman each picked up four ground balls, while Katie Kaucheck had three. Ava Keethler and Erin O’Neil each caused two turnovers.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ferrara has a team-best 12 goals this year. She is on a 24-game point streak, with 59 goals and 83 points in the stretch, and has 116 points, with 81 goals, in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • O’Brien had a career-best six draw controls, with her previous best three, set against Robert Morris this season.
  • Level had her fifth game as a Buckeye with at least three goals.
  • Johnson’s four ground balls were a career best.