Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Ohio State field hockey team won its play-in game to reach the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament on Friday afternoon at Ocker Field against Indiana by a tally of 3-1. The win moved Ohio State to 10-8 overall and Indiana concluded its season with a record of 6-13.
Ohio State dominated all facets of the game outshooting the Hoosiers 24-9 during 70 minutes of play. The Buckeyes’ defensive unit worked cohesively and did not allow Indiana a shot until the second half of the game. The three goals scored by Ohio State is the sixth time it has scored three or more goals this season. The Buckeyes also scored the first goal of the game for the fifth time this year and they are a perfect 5-0 in games in which they do that.
Sophomore Esther Clotet Alsina got the scoring effort started for Ohio State with a goal in the 10th minute of the game. The score was her fifth of the season. She was on the right side of the circle before firing the ball across the Indiana goalkeeper’s body to the left side of the net for the goal. Clotet Alsina’s five goals rank tied for second on the team with Maartje Bongers.
Ohio State took the steady 1-0 lead into the half. Sophomore Adelaide Penzone scored her first goal of the season in the 42nd minute of the contest to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. Penzone found herself in the right place at the right time after a shot from Maddy Humphrey was saved and then Penzone corralled the rebound and beat the Hoosier goalkeeper.
Maddy Humphrey scored her ninth goal of the season to cap Ohio State’s scoring efforts on the afternoon. Off a penalty corner that she started, Humphrey worked her way to the side of the net and redirected Juliette Duquesne’s initial shot for the score. Humphrey now has a point in five of her last six games played. The assist for Duquesne was the first of her season.
Ohio State will take on the regular season Big Ten champions, Michigan, on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the Big Ten Network. The Buckeyes battled the Wolverines in an overtime contest in Columbus on Sept. 22 and eventually fell by a score of 1-0 in the first overtime period.
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