Buckeyes Edged by Miami, 2-1, Sunday
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 23 Ohio State field hockey team fell against Miami, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in the 2012 home opener at Buckeye Varsity Field. Although the Buckeyes (2-3) held a 25-11 advantage in shots vs. the RedHawks (1-4), Miami was able to tally the lone goal in the second half en route to the victory.
The Buckeyes posted the first goal of the game at 7:07 when senior forward Berta Queralt notched her first goal of the season on an unassisted score. Queralt, who missed the opening four games of the season after competing with the Spanish U-21 national team, dribbled her way into the left side of the circle and slapped a shot into the back left corner of the cage to give the Scarlet and Gray a 1-0 lead. She now has 38 career goals, which leads all active Buckeyes.
The next 25 minutes went scoreless until Miami was able to tie the game following a goal by Emily Gruesser, who received a pass by Valentina Neira on the left side of the circle and punched it into the back left of the cage.
In the second half, the RedHawks tallied the eventual gamewinner when Demi Wideman scored in front of the left side of the cage following a rebound. Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker made a great diving save on the first shot attempt from the right side, but could not recover on the deflection in front of the net. Voelker falls to 2-3 overall on the year, collecting six saves vs. Miami.
The Buckeyes had several opportunities in the second half offensively but was denied by the Miami backfield and goalkeeper Sarah Mueller who posted 10 saves against the Scarlet and Gray. In the final 35 minutes, Ohio State held an 8-1 advantage in penalty corners. The Buckeyes were inches away from tying the game in the final five minutes of the game on a corner. Senior forward Danica Deckard blasted a shot from the top of the circle but the deflection by Queralt just went high over the cage at 66:25 to keep the score in favor of the RedHawks.
Overall, Ohio State notched an 11-3 lead in penalty corners. The Buckeyes return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ohio in Athens.