Ohio State Edged by Michigan State, 3-2
Sophia Pifer scored her second goal of the season at Michigan State
Sept. 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In its first conference game of the season, the Ohio State field hockey team fell short, 3-2, at Michigan State Saturday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich. The game was tied, 2-2, for the majority of the contest until the Spartans (4-6, 1-0 Big Ten) were able to score the lone goal of the second half in the final ten minutes to earn the win over the Buckeyes (3-6, 0-1 Big Ten).
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead when Allie Ahern found the back of the cage on a corner from the top of the circle at 7:47. The assists were credited to Allie Helwig and Jenni Smith. Michigan State extended its lead to 2-0 when Mallory Tyler scored off a rebound at 12:08 in front of the cage.
But the Buckeyes rebounded quickly, scoring two goals of their own at the 15th and 16th minutes, respectively. Ohio State just had three shots in the first half, but two were able to find the net to tie the game, 2-2, heading into halftime. Wagner scored at 15:00 when she deflected a shot from the right side of the cage following a penalty corner. Frommhold blasted a shot from the top right of the circle for the assist. Pifer continued the Buckeye momentum with an athletic play when she received a pass while crossing through the circle and sent a shot into the far right post at 16:41.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux made two saves in the first 35 minutes, including a diving stop on a shot to the right side of the net with less than 10 minutes to go in the first session.
In the second half, both teams battled back and forth from each end of the turf with shots an even, 5-5, while each squad collected two corners each. However, Michigan State pushed the ball through the OSU defense and was able to take a 3-2 lead when Ahern sent a slap shot from the top of the circle past Lemieux at 62:18.
Following an Ohio State timeout with three minutes to go in regulation, sophomore forward Peanut Johnson sped her way through the midfield to help give the Buckeyes possession deep in the MSU zone. The Scarlet and Gray then had one final chance to send the contest into overtime as the team earned a penalty corner at 69:39. But, Michigan State was able to gain control of the ball and send it out of the circle to end the contest.
Overall, the Spartans held a 9-8 lead in shots and a 5-4 advantage in penalty corners. Lemieux falls to 2-4 overall, posting five saves.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus for two home games next week. Ohio State hosts Louisville Oct. 1 before facing Ohio Oct. 6 at Buckeye Varsity Field. As always, admission is free.