Johnson's Hat Trick Keys Senior Day Win Over Cal
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Peanut Johnson refused to let California ruin Senior Day for her and the rest of the Ohio State field hockey team. Playing in her final home game at Buckeye Varsity Field, Johnson scored three times and dished out an assist for a career-high seven points as Ohio State won a shootout against California, 6-3. The Buckeyes are now 9-7 on the year and have two regular season games remaining - at Kent State on Oct. 27 and at Michigan on Oct. 31.
Johnson was just one part of an OSU offense that received contributions from several players, namely sophomore Maddy Humphrey (one goal, one assist), sophomore Morgan Kile (one goal, one assist) and freshman Courtney Daniels (one goal, first of her career). Ohio State built a 3-0 halftime lead only to see Cal come roaring back in the second half, cutting the deficit to 3-2 with 29 minutes to play. Johnson, however, scored back-to-back goals in the 46th and 52nd minutes, respectively, and the Buckeyes never looked back.
The hat trick for Johnson was the second of her career (the first came on 10/1/2013 vs. Louisville) and gives her five goals in the past three games. She currently leads the team with 29 points (12 goals, five assists) and has 93 points in her career (36 goals, 21 assists).
Humphrey, Johnson and Kile each scored unassisted first-half goals as Ohio State jumped out of the gate quickly to build an early lead. Humphrey's goal came when she dribbled into the circle and beat goalie Kori Griswold to the lower left of the cage. Johnson's goal was on a backhanded shot while Kile also poked a shot to the lower left of the cage past Griswold.
On the defensive end of the field, goalie Liz Tamburro, coming off a 15-save effort vs. Northwestern on Friday, made five first-half saves. Most of California's offense was generated off penalty corners, but the Bears were able to generate two quick scoring chances in the second half. Sydney Earle scored her when shot bounced off Tamburro's pads and into the cage, and then Janaye Sakkas cleaned up a rebound and less than a minute to make the score 3-2.
After a timeout, Ohio State quickly rebounded to take the momentum back just three minutes later, as Kile started a fast-break and fed Johnson, who blasted a shot into the lower right corner of the cage. Johnson finished her hat trick with Humphrey placed a perfect cross to her in front of the goal in the 52nd minute. Daniels rounded out of the Ohio State scoring with under two minutes to play as she scored off a feed from Johnson.
California finished with an 18-17 edge in total shots and also led in penalty corners, 10-1. Tamburro made eight saves, giving her 112 on the year and 23 in the last two games. Fifth year senior Sydney Stype played the final 1:57 of regulation in goal. Additionally, senior Emma Royce started her 69th career game while the fourth member of the senior class, Annie VonderBrink, also played significant minutes off the bench.
- The six goals for Ohio State are a season high and the most in a game since last year's 9-1 win over Appalachian State on Sept. 21, 2014.
- The Buckeyes move to 6-0 this year when they score first.
- Johnson now has multiple points in seven games this year (OSU is 7-0 in those games).
- Humphrey has multiple points in 10 of the 13 games in which she's played.