Peanut Johnson Posts Hat Trick in Home Loss to No. 17 Louisville
Oct. 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a fast-paced non-conference game, the Ohio State field hockey team dropped a home contest against No. 17 Louisville Tuesday despite a hat trick by sophomore forward Peanut Johnson at Buckeye Varsity Field. Trailing by a goal at halftime, the Buckeyes (3-7) were able to even the score in the opening moments of the second half following Johnson’s third score, but the Cardinals (8-2) went on to collect three unanswered goals to earn a 6-3 win in Columbus.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Johnson boasted all three goals for the Scarlet and Gray, scoring during the 13th minute before finding the back of the cage two additional times in the 32nd and 36th minutes, respectively. She now leads the team with seven goals and 15 points in 2013. Sophomore back Emma Royce, senior forward Sophia Pifer and sophomore forward Annie VonderBrink also claimed assists vs. the Cardinals.
In the first half, Louisville struck first at 9:48 when Alyssa Voelmle scored on a penalty stroke following an OSU foul in front of the cage. Johnson and the Buckeyes rebounded quickly, though, after she scored off a quick redirect pass from VonderBrink in front of the net at 12:58.
The Cardinals, however, regained the lead for the second time at 15:32 when Voelmle found Shannon Sloss in front of the cage from just outside the top of the circle to make it, 2-1. Louisville then extended its lead to a two-goal advantage at 26:30 after Becca Maddock tallied a score when she deflected a pass outside the circle by Elisa Garcia from the right side of the cage.
Down 3-1, the Buckeyes gained momentum heading into halftime and cut their deficit to one goal following an outstanding pass by Royce from midfield. The native of London, U.K., Royce saw Johnson open behind the Louisville backfield and sent a 40-yard through pass right to the OSU forward inside the Cardinal circle. Johnson then went on to beat the goalkeeper 1-on-1 in front of the net for the goal at 32:29.
After a 10-minute break at half, Johnson and the Buckeyes did not take long to knot the score at three goals apiece, scoring just 1:09 into the second session. The OSU forward received a well-timed pass by Pifer from the top of the circle at the near side back line and dribbled her way in front of goal, sending a quick shot through the Cardinal goalkeeper’s legs to make it, 3-3.
However, the Cardinals were able to post three unanswered goals, including two by Erin Schneidtmiller. Louisville regained the lead for the third time when Schneidtmiller scored off a deflection in front of the net from the near post at 37:44 before scoring again at 52:41 when she deflected in a shot from the far post on a penalty corner. The Cardinals added their final goal at 61:07 when Voelme notched her second of the afternoon off a rebound from the top left side of the circle.
Ohio State goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux claimed three saves and falls to 2-5 in 2013, while Sydney King improves to 8-2 with three saves vs. the Buckeyes. Overall, Ohio State was outshot 15-10, while the Cardinals earned a 12-1 lead in corners.
The Scarlet and Gray return to the turf at 1 p.m. Sunday taking on in-state foe Ohio at Buckeye Varsity Field. As always, admission is free.
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