Sophomore Mona Frommhold
Nov. 1, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa – In a physical postseason contest against two conference rivals, the Ohio State field hockey team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to No. 3 seed Michigan Thursday evening in the opening round of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Grant Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes conclude the season with a 10-9 overall record.
Despite outshooting the Wolverines 6-2, Michigan scored the only goal in the game on an own goal in the second half to advance to the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Scarlet and Gray posted a 6-3 lead advantage in corners vs. Michigan and limited the Wolverines to one shot and one corner in the final 35 minutes.
Both teams had limited opportunities in the first half as Michigan held a 3-1 lead in shots and a 2-1 advantage in penalty corners. Michigan had the first chance with a corner at 4:18 but junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker made a solid save on the right side of the post to keep the score at zeros.
The Buckeyes lone opportunity in the first 35 minutes came at 10:37 when sophomore Mona Frommhold blasted a shot from the top of the circle, but was denied when the Michigan goalkeeper laid out for the save in front of the cage.
In the second half, the Buckeyes claimed three-consecutive corners during the 43rd and 44th minutes, respectively, but could not find a shot on goal vs. the Wolverine defense.
Following an Ohio State green card, the Maize and Blue got on the board at 46:18 when Michigan’s Sammy Gray sent the ball from midfield into the circle and bounced off a Buckeye defender’s foot into the back right of the cage to make it 1-0.
The Buckeyes best chance in the second half came after Michigan received a yellow card during the 52nd minute. With the player advantage, the Scarlet and Gray put the pressure on the UM backfield, claiming three-consecutive corners, but could not find the back of the net. Senior Paula Pastor-Pitarque made a nice left-to-right move at the top of the circle off the third corner, but her shot just went wide of the cage. A shot by Frommhold at 54:54 was inches away from tying the game, but the ball deflected off the right post to deny the chance.
Ohio State received its final corner of the game during the 58th minute after senior captain Berta Queralt stole the ball from a UM defender, but the team was unable to put a shot on goal.
The game continued to be physical on both ends of the turf as each team was issued a yellow card in the final ten minutes of regulation.After an Ohio State timeout, Queralt worked her way through the UM backfield down the left side of the turf, but could not keep possession as Michigan was able to keep the ball away from the OSU forwards in the final minute of regulation to claim the win.