Ohio State Blanks Saint Louis In Season Opener, 5-0
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A fast-starting Ohio State offense scored three times in the first 18 minutes of the first half as the Buckeyes shutout Saint Louis, 5-0, in the 2015 season opener at Buckeye Varsity Field on Friday afternoon. Five different players scored for Ohio State, led by a one-goal, one-assist performance from sophomore Maddy Humphrey.
Humphrey, the team’s leading scorer last fall, picked up right where she left off, taking the Buckeyes’ first possession and quickly moving the ball down the right sideline. Her pass to junior Brooke Hiltz was on target, and Hiltz finished off the scoring chance by poking the ball into the cage of Ohio State’s first shot of the season.
Approximately eight minutes later, Humphrey got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard again, cleaning up a rebound off the pads of Saint Louis goalie Tori Westhead and firing a shot to make the score 2-0. The score remained 2-0 until the 18:06 mark of the first half, as Paige Hamilton dribbled into the circle, turned from five yards out and beat Westhead to the lower left corner of the cage. For Hamilton, it was her third career goal.
Hamilton’s tally forced a Saint Louis timeout. From there, Annie VonderBrink, a senior from Kettering, Ohio, scored her second career goal when she dribbled in and capitalized off a rebound from her shot that was originally saved by Westhead to make the score 4-0.
The only goal of the second half came from senior captain Peanut Johnson, who created her own opportunity by dribbling in from the sideline and scoring from four yards out. Johnson was the team’s second-leading scorer last year (eight goals, 11 assists, 27 points). It also Johnson’s 25th career goal.
In the cage, sophomore Liz Tamburro was only challenged with two shots, neither of which were on goal. The Big Ten leader in saves last year picked up her first career shutout.
Ohio State returns to action on Sunday, Aug. 30, when they host seventh-ranked Albany (1-0) at noon. Admission to Buckeye Varsity Field, as always, is free.
- Humphrey has scored at least one point in 17 of her 19 career games
- Four newcomers made their Buckeyes debuts – freshmen Casey Cole and Hannah Pany earned starts, along with sophomore transfer Carolina Vergroesen. Freshman Courtney Daniels also played significant minutes off the bench.
- Ohio State outshout Saint Louis, 25-2, and had a 3-1 edge in penalty corners.
- The five goals are the most in the season opener in 17 years, dating back to a 5-0 win over Louisville to start the 1998 season.
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