Buckeyes Post 4-1 Victory at Kent State
Sept. 18, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Highlighted by two goals by sophomore Nora Murer, the Ohio State field hockey team defeated Kent State, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Murphy-Mellis Field in Kent, Ohio. The native of Luzern, Switzerland, Murer posted her first collegiate goals as the Scarlet and Gray (4-5) claimed their third road victory of the season.
"We were aggressive and composed on both sides," head coach Anne Wilkinson said. "Our corner execution was strong today and we were able to put our chances away."
Offensively along with Murer's two goals, senior back Jenn Sciulli and sophomore midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque each tallied goals. Junior back Laura Napolitanoclaimed her first point of the season with an assist in the first half. The OSU backfield combined for seven of the Buckeyes' nine points in the game vs. the Golden Flashes.
Junior forward Berta Queraltcapped off an impressive weekend with an assist in the first period to total nine points in the last two games.
In the first half, Murer got the Buckeyes on a solid start when she tallied her first collegiate goal at 5:38 off a rebound out of a penalty corner. The Buckeye back has made 32 career starts for the Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State extended its lead to 2-0 after Sciulli knocked in a goal at 25:35 following a penalty corner with an assist from Napolitano. The OSU captain now has six points this season on two goals and two assists.
With 10 seconds remaining in the first period, Pastor-Pitarque continued the Buckeye momentum with her second goal of the season at 34:40 on an unassisted goal off a rebound following a penalty corner.
The Scarlet and Gray held a 14-4 advantage on shots and a 5-2 lead in penalty corners in the first 35 minutes.
In the second half, Murer found the back of the cage for the second time at 39:24. Both goals by Murer were recorded as unassisted scores off rebounds following a penalty corner.
The Golden Flashes found the back of the cage at 63:16 with a goal to erase the shutout to make it 4-1. Debbie Bell scored the goal, while Amy Wimsatt and Alyssa McFerren were credited with the assists.
Overall, Ohio State held a 21-12 advantage in shots, while Kent State had a 10-8 lead in penalty corners.
Senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitismade four saves to improve to 4-5 on the season.
UP NEXT The Buckeyes will now prepare to begin the conference schedule as Michigan travels to Columbus next week to face the Scarlet and Gray at 3 p.m. Friday at Buckeye Varsity Field. The game will be broadcast by Big Ten Network on tape-delayed basis and will air at noon Sept. 25.