October 10, 2021

Third Quarter Rally Lifts Ohio State Past Ohio, 4-3

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State snapped a four-game losing skid on Sunday thanks for a second-half rally that resulted in a 4-3 win over in-state rival Ohio. The Buckeyes improved to 7-5 on the season while the Bobcats are now 5-9.

The Short Story
Trailing 2-1 at halftime, the Buckeyes scored three times in the third quarter – including a pair of goal within two minutes of each other by senior Emma Goldean – to turn a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead. The Bobcats scored on a penalty corner in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get the equalizer.

In addition to Goldean’s two-goal day, the Buckeyes also got goals from Sarah Charley on a penalty stroke and a tally from Jessica Hourihane, which proved to be the game-winner.

 Buckeyes Host Pride Game and Welcome Back Alumni
Sunday served as the field hockey program’s Pride game, which was in honor of National Coming Out Day on Monday, Oct. 11. The idea for the game was first brought to the team by senior goalie Aaliyah Hernandez, who is a part of Buckeye Spectrum, the department’s LGBTQ+ student-athlete group.

“A day like today goes to the bigger picture of things that we take pride in at Ohio State,” said head coach Jarred Martin. “It helps to bring education and awareness to what makes a place like this so special. Aaliyah had the idea, talked to her teammates about it and they were happy to do it. It was great to see how everything came together.”

At halftime, Ohio State also honored alumni who were in attendance. The weekend coincided with Homecoming, which occurred yesterday and included opportunities to see the Buckeyes at home twice this weekend: Friday vs. Indiana and Sunday against Ohio.

“It was nice to have our alums back and feel the energy they gave us,” said Martin. “We’re all connected by the sport of field hockey and the foundation they’ve set for us both on and off the field is something I think is important for our current players to appreciate.”

How the Goals Were Scored

  • Junior Sarah Charley opened the scoring late in the first quarter as she drew a penalty stroke after a scramble in front of the goal. The Worthington, Ohio native converted and gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter.
  • Ohio struck for two goals in the second quarter – both off penalty corners – to take a 2-1 lead at intermission. Kaelyn Long scored first via a backhanded shot from the top of the circle and Leah Warren followed five minutes later with assists from Sienna Sakich and Noa Desmaretz.
  • Facing a halftime deficit, Emma Goldean took matters into her own hands in the third quarter. The senior from Charlotte, N.C. found the back of the cage twice in a span of 1:31 to put the Buckeyes ahead 3-2.
  • First, Goldean shot one into the lower right corner of the cage after a cross from Cameryn Forgash leaked out to the top of the circle. Then, she finished a cross from Tess Maloney from in close in the 37th minute to give Ohio State the lead for good.
  • Jessica Houihane added an important insurance goal on a bankhanded shot in the 40th minute to put Ohio State ahead 4-2.
  • Jullian Shive scored the third OU penalty corner goal with 12:28 remaining in the fourth quarter but the Bobcats never got a senior scoring opportunity after that.

 That and That

  • The four goals on Sunday matched Ohio State’s season high. They also scored four in a 4-3 double overtime win on Sept. 3 vs. Lafayette.
  • The Buckeyes’ 16 total shots were the most they produced in a game since getting 23 vs. Lafayette.
  • Ohio State improves to 30-10-3 all-time against Ohio and has won six straight in the series.
  • Sophomore Abby Danson started in goal and made one save while improving to 2-1 on the season.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 16, Ohio 10
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 9, Ohio 4
Penalty Corners: Ohio 7, Ohio State 4
Saves: Ohio (Graner) 4, Ohio State (Danson) 1

 What’s Next
Ohio State returns to Big Ten play next weekend with games against a pair of top-10 ranked opponents: at No. 1 Iowa on Friday, Oct. 15 (4 p.m. ET; 3 p.m. CT) and No. 6 Northwestern on Sunday, Oct. 17 (1 p.m. ET; Noon CT). Both games will be streamed on BTN+.