Oxford, Ohio – The No. 23 Ohio State field hockey team got back on track Friday afternoon with a 3-2 win over the Miami RedHawks at the Miami Field Hockey Complex.
Ohio State (3-1 overall) came out of the gates firing quickly, registering four shots on the goal in the first 10 minutes of the game. Ohio State didn’t allow Miami (2-3 overall) a shot on net until the 12th minute of the game.
“We discussed starting off a bit quicker as a team this week,” head coach Jarred Martin said. “And to be honest, we did that today, but we just couldn’t get the ball by their goalie in the first several minutes.”
Shortly after the RedHawks’ initial chance, they got on the board first with a goal in the 17th minute as Henni Otten snuck one past Liz Tamburro.
“After they scored first, we didn’t get down ourselves at all,” Martin noted. “Our team showed some resiliency and toughness today. Even though we were trailing, you could sense a lot of confidence out of our team.”
Ohio State scored the equalizer a little over 10 minutes after the RedHawks took the lead. In a bit of a counter attack, Casey Cole took the ball up the field and crossed the ball into the circle near the net and Juliette Duquesne took career of the rest to even up the score. The goal was the first of Duquesne’s Ohio State career and it was the second assist of Cole’s junior season bring her point total to four.
With things all tied up, Maddy Humphrey finished off a rapid sequence of shots by the Buckeyes. Morgan Kile’s initial shot was turned away, and then Natalie Faust had two shots that were denied before Humphrey corralled the rebound and put it past the goalie for her third goal of the season.
Humphrey’s career goal total now sits at 37 which ranks her 10th all-time in program history by herself surpassing former teammate Peanut Johnson (36 goals). Humphrey is about to crack the top 10 for points scored in a career; her career point total of 94 is two points shy of Lucy Clayton’s 96 points for 10th in program history.
Lauren Carroll scored the first goal of her career shortly after Ohio State’s fourth penalty corner of the game. Faust got the sequence started and Maartje Bongers fired the initial shot towards the net before Carroll redirected the ball past Miami’s goalie for the first goal of her career in the 55th minute.
Miami fought back and cut the lead to one with a little over two minutes left to play. Following their second goal of the game, the RedHawks pulled their goalie for the final 2:18 of the game, but the extra-man advantage yielded no shots for Miami.
The Buckeyes make the trek east for a Top 25 showdown with No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday (Sept. 10) in Winston-Salem, N.C., at 1 p.m. ET.
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