Oct. 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a back-and-forth non-conference battle, the No. 21 Ohio State field hockey team fell, 4-3, in overtime at Louisville Monday afternoon. The Cardinals (11-7) were able to tie the game in the final 20 minutes of regulation vs. the Buckeyes (9-8) and claimed the gamewinning goal in the fourth minute in overtime to earn the victory.
Louisville notched the gamewinner when Amber Thomas scored off a rebound on a penalty corner at 74:29. The Buckeyes led 2-1 at half, but the Cardinals were able to tie the game, 3-3, at 51:49 on an unassisted score by Erin Schneidtmiller to force overtime.
Offensively, Ohio State was led by senior forward Berta Queralt, who posted five points on two goals and an assist. With the five points, Queralt now has 143 career points, which is third on the OSU all-time career points list. Junior midfielder Maria Swartz scored the team’s first goal, while senior forward Danica Deckard had an assist.
Louisville struck first at 2:32 when Alyssa Voelmle scored on the game’s opening penalty corner with the assists from Paige Monsen and Elisa Garcia.
The Buckeyes responded quickly to tie the game, 1-1, six minutes later following a goal at 8:26 when Swartz tipped in a pass across the cage to the right side. Swartz, a native of Columbus, Ohio, now has six points in 2012. Queralt was credited with the assist – her 47th of her career, which is second on the OSU all-time list.
Ohio State continued to put on the pressure offensively and claimed its first lead of the game at 23:21 when Queralt found the back of the cage after she received a pass by Deckard from the right side. Ohio State outshot the Cardinals, 7-4, in the first half.
Following halftime, Louisville tied the game, 2-2, at 44:10 scoring on a penalty corner when Victoria Stratton scored on a pass from the left side of the circle.
However, the Buckeyes rebounded again when Queralt tallied her second of the game at 48:26 after she dribbled down the end line on the left side and shot into the right side of the cage.
Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker posted a career-high eight saves vs. the Cardinals and falls to 9-8 overall in 2012. Overall, Louisville held a 14-9 lead in shots and a 9-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Ohio State will conclude the 2012 regular season on the road at Indiana at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.