Sept. 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by senior captain Danica Deckard, the Ohio State field hockey team tallied a season-high eight goals, defeating Kent State, 8-2, Wednesday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., notched her second career hat trick en route to the victory, while sophomore Mona Frommhold posted her first two goals as a Buckeye.
Following a 3-1 lead at half, the Buckeye offense surged with five additional goals to improve to 5-3 overall and 1-1 at home in 2012. The Buckeyes have now won five out of the last six meetings. The eight goals scored vs. the Flashes ties for fifth in the OSU record book for most goals in a single game.
Along with her three goals, Deckard collected an assist to tie her career-high for points in a game with seven. Frommhold, a native of Berlin, Germany, had a season-high four points, while senior forward Berta Queralt and junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque each had a goal. Freshmen Peanut Johnson and Annie VonderBrink both had memorable days on the turf as Johnson scored her first career goal and VonderBrink marked down her first career point on an assist. Sophomore Carly Mackessy and junior Nora Murer each had an assist vs. Kent State.
After Kent State struck first at 10:38, Deckard notched back-to-back goals in just a two-minute span to give her squad the lead. She collected the team’s first goal when she received possession inside the KSU circle and fired a shot into the back of the cage at 23:13. Deckard then made it 2-1 when slapped the ball in midair on a rebound in front of the right side of the net at 25:55.
Queralt extended the lead to 3-1 on when she deflected in a shot by Murer from the top of the circle following a corner at 30:30. With the goal, Queralt, a native of Barcelona, Spain, passes former Buckeye Linda Haussener (2005-08) for fifth on the OSU all-time career points list with 122.
In the second half, Ohio State continued its momentum with five goals in the final 35 minutes. Frommhold began the surge when she fired a shot following a pass from Deckard into the back of the board to make it 4-1 at 44:46. After Kent State made it, 4-2, Pastor-Pitarque collected an unassisted score when she won possession in front of the cage surrounded by a group of KSU defenders and slapped a shot pass KSU goalkeeper Jahna Jordan at 53:22.
The Buckeyes opened the game, 6-2, when Deckard earned the hat trick after sending a reverse shot in front of the cage, while diving away from the goal at 58:53. Mackessy set up the play after she sent a beautiful pass from the right sideline into the circle for Deckard.
Ohio State’s seventh goal was from a pair of newcomers as Johnson scored on a deflection with the assist coming from VonderBrink. Frommhold sealed the 8-2 win with her second goal on the game on an unassisted play. She was able to dribble through the KSU circle and find the back of the cage at 66:43.
Overall Ohio State had a 23-11 advantage in shots and a 9-7 lead in penalty corners. Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker improved to 5-3 overall with three saves.
The Buckeyes open the conference schedule vs. No. 10 Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Buckeye Varsity Field.
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