No. 18 Buckeyes Down Miami (Ohio), 2-1
Oct. 18, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team defeated Miami (Ohio), 2-1, Tuesday afternoon in Oxford, Ohio. The Buckeyes (9-7, 2-2 Big Ten) posted a pair of goals en route to the victory against the RedHawks (5-12, 3-4 MAC) in their last non-conference matchup of the 2011 regular season.
It was a memorable day for Susan Dappen as the sophomore forward scored her first career goal in the win over Miami. Dappen, a native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, gave the Scarlet and Gray a 1-0 lead with two seconds left in the first half when she tipped in a shot from the right side of the cage with the assist from junior forward Berta Queralt.
Posting the go-ahead goal was junior forward Danica Deckard in the second half and now has a season-high 10 goals in 2011. Queralt collected two assists against Miami, while junior back Laura Napolitano notched one helper.
The first 34 minutes of the in-state matchup went scoreless as Ohio State held a 9-3 advantage in shots headed into halftime at the Miami Field Hockey Complex.
In the second half, Miami tied the game, 1-1, at 51:33 when Amanda Seeley scored off her own rebound following a penalty corner.
But the Buckeyes struck right back just a minute later when Deckard blasted a shot off a penalty corner with assists from Queralt and Napolitano at 52:26. Queralt is now two assists shy of tying former Buckeye Saskia Mueller (2003-06) for second on the OSU career assists list with 45 helpers.
Overall, Ohio State held a 15-5 advantage in shots and a 12-3 lead in penalty corners. The Buckeyes are now 8-0 when scoring the first goal of the game in 2011. Deckard led the offense with five shots on goal.
Senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis improved to 9-7 overall, collecting three saves for the Scarlet and Gray.
With the start against the RedHawks, senior back Jenn Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., moves to second place on the OSU all-time career starts list with 80 games started since joining the team during the 2008 campaign. She had four shots, including two on goal against Miami.
The Buckeyes will next travel to State College, Pa., to face No. 8 Penn State at Noon Saturday at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex.