COLUMBUS, Ohio - Maddy Humphrey and Esther Clotet Alsina made sure the Ohio State field hockey team finished off the non-conference portion of its schedule on a high note, combining for all three goals in the Buckeyes' 3-0 shutout of Ball State on Monday afternoon in Muncie, Ind. With the win, Ohio State improves to 5-7 overall while Ball State is also 5-7.
THE SHORT STORY
Humphrey punctuated her nine-point week with a pair of first-half scores while assisting on Clotet Alsina's second-half goal in the victory. The Ohio State defense, meanwhile, held Ball State to just six shots, its second lowest total thus far this season (Ohio had just five shots on Sept. 4).
Just as was the case against Kent State last Friday, the Buckeye offense struck early and was the first on the scoreboard. Ohio State generated the games first shot, one that went wide off the stick of Humphrey via a penalty corner. But the next one, also from Humphrey, snuck past BSU goalie Jordan Dues after being deflected off a Ball State defender. It was Humphrey's team-leading ninth goal of the season.
ANOTHER ONE BEFORE THE HALF
Not satisfied, the Buckeye offense continued to press. Ohio State took the next five shots, with Humphrey converting yet again when the corralled a rebound off the pads of Dues with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The original scoring opportunity was created off a penalty corner, Ohio State's third of the half.
DEFENSE CLAMPS DOWN
Ball State didn't get its first shot off until the 26th minute when the Cardinals were awarded their first penalty corner. Goalie Liz Tamburro had a quiet afternoon in the cage, making just one save thanks to a defense in front of her that allowed just two shots on goal. That effort was led by junior Caroline Rath, freshman Maartje Bongers, freshman Whitney Harris and junior Carolina Vergroesen.
CLOTET ALSINA'S INSURANCE GOAL
Clotet Alsina put a key insurance goal on the scoreboard just 11 seconds into the second half and she ripped a shot past Dues for a 3-0 lead. Her sixth score of the year, Clotet Alsina is the third leading scorer amongst freshmen in the Big Ten.
HUMPHREY-CLOTET ALSINA COMBO
The combination of Humphrey and Clotet Alsina, who had hand in all six of Ohio State's goal over the past two games, has at least one point together in five of 12 games this season. The Buckeyes are 4-1 in those contests. Humphrey has points in 10 of 12 games (eight multi-point games) while Clotet Alsina has points in seven games (six multi-point games).
A WINNING FORMULA
In its five wins this year, Ohio State is averaging 15.6 shots per game, more than three more than its overall average over 12 games. The Buckeyes are also generating 8.6 corners in wins and 2.6 goals. On defense, opponents are averaging less than one goal per game in Ohio State's wins (0.80) and 11.0 shots/game. In those contests, Tamburro has made 21 stops with a .840 save percentage.
AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Newcomers have accounted for 31 of Ohio State's 69 total points this season (45 percent), led by Clotet Alsina (six goals, three assists, 15 points) and Adelaide Penzone (four goals, eight points). That is the highest percentage of a team's overall scoring by newcomers in the Big Ten.
Ohio State plays its final five regular season games against Big Ten competition starting on Thursday when it travels to State College, Pa. to face No. 4 Penn State (11-1, 3-1) on Thursday at 4 p.m.
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