Royce, Buckeyes Roll Past Missouri State, 5-0
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State field hockey team (2-2) scored a season-high five goals - four coming in the second half - and cruised to a 5-0 win over Missouri State (0-3) on Saturday at Kentner Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest. The Buckeyes got two goals from senior captain Emma Royce and single tallies from Paige Hamilton, Maddy Humphrey and Mercedes Hamilton.
The Buckeyes brought the offensive pressure early and often throughout the first half, outshooting Missouri State 14-3 and holding a 6-3 edge in penalty corners. Ohio State finally broke through 21 minutes into the opening stanza, as Royce connected on a penalty stroke to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. They would maintain that lead into halftime despite a sequence late in the half that saw Morgan Kile get off two shots (one blocked, one hit the post) and Paige Hamilton have a shot saved.
Ohio State would begin to capitalize more on its offensive opportunities early in the second half, highlighted by two goals within six minutes of each other to break the game open. The first came from Hamilton, who scored unassisted in the 38th minute. Just three minutes later, Royce found the back of the cage for the second time in the game when she scored off a pass from Peanut Johnson for a 3-0 lead.
Humphrey added her team-leading fourth goal of the year in the 53th minute when she scored off an assists from Kile. For Kile, it was her third assist over the course of the weekend. Humphrey, a sophomore from Virginia Beach, Va., now has at least one goal in all four games this year and a team-high nine points (four goals, one assist). She entered the game as the Big Ten's second-leading scorer.
Mercedes Hamilton, the sister of Paige, made it a two-goal day for the Hamilton family when she connected on her first career tally in the 60th minute to push the lead to 5-0. Her goal was assisted by Lauren Archibald, who picked up her first career point.
Ohio State outshot Missouri State 21-7 and had a 9-5 edge in penalty corners. It was the second time in four games that the Buckeyes' offense has generated 20 or more shots and they are averaging 3.25 goals and 18.0 shots per game. Goalkeeper Liz Tamburro made five saves for the second shutout of the year.
After playing two games in less than 24 hours, Ohio State is off until next Friday when it returns home to face Ball State at 3:30 p.m.