Davis, Calif. – For the second time this season, an overtime goal off the stick of Casey Cole gave the Ohio State field hockey team a win over a ranked opponent as they knocked off No. 11 Stanford on Saturday by a score of 3-2 at the Aggie Field Hockey Facility on the campus of UC Davis.
“I thought we played really hard today,” first-year head coach Jarred Martin said. “I’m really proud of the girls…from the defense to the offense, starters to our bench, it was a true team win this afternoon.
“We knew coming into this game it was going to be a tough one. Stanford has a quality team this year. But we just sustained our focus throughout the whole game and executed our game plan.”
The overtime triumph for the Buckeyes (5-5 overall) ended the Cardinals seven-game win streak and dropped their record to 7-3.
Playing its fifth overtime game of the season, Ohio State kept its poise entering extra time and came out on top. Cole received a pass from Maartje Bongers and finished the rest as her shot from the right side bounced over the goalie for the game winner. Cole now has two goals this season, both coming in overtime. In the second game of the season, Cole’s goal off a penalty corner helped the Scarlet and Gray prevail over then No. 9 Louisville at Buckeye Varsity Field.
Ohio State fought back twice from one-goal deficits throughout the 70 minutes of regulation. Stanford struck first in the 14th minute. With just under nine minutes left in the first half, Caroline Rath started a penalty corner that led to a Bongers goal. Rath and Esther Clotet Alsina picked up the assists on the score. It was the third goal of the season for Bongers, a career high, and it was her third goal scored in the last four games.
With 15:15 left to play in the game, the Cardinals used a goal from Corinne Zanolli to retake the lead, albeit for a short period of time.
The Buckeyes came charging right back with senior Lauren Carroll’s second goal of the season. After a Bongers shot that was blocked after a penalty corner, Bongers reclaimed possession and sent the ball to Carroll for the equalizer with 9:12 left to play in the game.
Ohio State had one additional try in regulation with five minutes to play, but Bongers’ shot went wide. Senior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro had four saves in the net to move her career total to 390.
Ohio State will play UC Davis at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday (Oct. 1).
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