No. 17 Ohio State Downs Northwestern, 3-1
Oct. 28, 2011
The Scarlet and Gray have now finished in the Top 3 of the conference standings 11 times under 16th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson. The Buckeyes improve to 22-1 against the Wildcats under the direction of Wilkinson.
It was a memorable day for sophomore Arielle Cowie who scored the team's opening goal for her first career score as a Buckeye. Junior back Laura Napolitano scored her third goal of the year to make it 2-0 in favor of Ohio State. Junior forward Danica Deckard collected the squad's third goal and now has 24 points this season.
Senior tri-captain Jenn Sciulli made her 82nd career start today to tie former Buckeye and teammate Bri Doak (2007-10) for first in the Ohio State career starts list.
After the first 19 minutes of action went scoreless, the Buckeyes got on the board first when Cowie deflected a shot into the back of the cage following a penalty corner at 19:41. Sophomore Paula Pastor-Pitarque was credited with the assist.
The Buckeyes continued their momentum with an unassisted goal by Napolitano at 24:57 following the Buckeyes' eight penalty corner of the first half. The Scarlet and Gray held an 8-1 lead in corners in the first 35 minutes.
Northwestern cut its deficit to 2-1 after Nikki Parsley knocked in a goal at 34:40 following a deflection off an OSU save.
In the second half, Deckard got the Buckeyes off to a fast start when she notched in her team-high 11th goal of the season at 36:57.
The OSU defense held strong in the second half, denying seven shots by the Wildcats following the Buckeyes' third goal.
Senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis improves to 11-7 overall, collecting seven saves. With the win against the Wildcats, Tunitis ties former Buckeye Lindsay Williams (2002-05) for second on the OSU all-time list with 36 career victories.
Ohio State held a 16-11 advantage on shots and an 8-4 lead in penalty corners against Northwestern.
The Buckeyes now prepare for postseason play at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 3-6 in State College, Pa.