Oct. 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- In a Big Ten battle on both sides of the turf, the No. 16 Ohio State field hockey team fell, 1-0, against No. 20 Michigan State Friday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. Despite having a 14-4 lead in shots, the Buckeyes (8-5, 1-2 Big Ten) could not find the back of the cage vs. the Spartans (7-6, 2-1 Big Ten), to fall to 4-2 at home this season.
Down 1-0, the Scarlet and Gray had a great opportunity to send it into overtime as the team received a corner as time on the clock expired in the second half. However, a shot by junior Paula Pastor-Pitarque was blocked at the top of the circle and the Spartans gained possession to end the game and claim the victory.
In the first half, Michigan State scored the only goal of the contest in the first five minutes of action. Allie Ahern scored the goal after Mallory Tyler sent a cross pass inside the circle to the right side of the cage. Ahern then sent into the back of the net at 3:02 from three yards out for the eventual gamewinner.
The Buckeyes ha d their first chance to tie the game following a second penalty corner at 17:19, but a shot by freshman Emma Royce went off the left post. Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker kept the score 1-0 heading into halftime after denying Spartan forward Abby Parker a goal on a nice leg save. Voelker fell to 8-5 overall, posting three saves.
In the second half, the Buckeyes had several scoring chances, outshooting Michigan State, 12-2, with a 7-1 lead in penalty corners. Senior forward Danica Deckard notched three-consecutive shots on two corners in the 51st and 52nd minutes, respectively, but MSU goalkeeper Molly Cassidy posted two saves, while the other shot was blocked by a MSU defender. With four minutes remaining, Deckard received the ball at the top of the circle on a corner, but her slap shot deflected off the left post to maintain the 1-0 Spartan lead.
The contest vs. Michigan State was the centennial game for field hockey as the Ohio State Department of Athletics is celebrating its 100th year as a department and member of the Big Ten Conference during the 2012-13 sports season.
Ohio State is back in action at 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Kent State at Buckeye Field. As always, admission is free. The game will be the Buckeyes Go Pink Day.