Buckeyes Upset No. 13 Northwestern In B1G Tournament
Nov. 7, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Peanut Johnson registered a goal and an assist as the Ohio State field hockey team opened the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament with a 3-2 upset of second-seeded and 13th-ranked Northwestern, 3-2. With the win, the Buckeyes move to 6-12 on the season and advance to tomorrow’s semifinal round.
“This is a very exciting win for our team,” said head coach Anne Wilkinson. “I thought we came out with a lot of energy today. It was a total team effort, and we showed we have a lot of people who can handle the ball. When Northwestern made a run late, we talked about just settling down and staying with the game plan.”
Johnson, who earlier in the day was named to the All-Big Ten second team, opened the scoring in the 15th minute when she took a pass from Nina Laudahn and beat Northwestern goalie Maddy Carpenter to the lower right of the cage. The goal was Jonhson’s team-leading 10th of the season.
Ohio State extended the lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute of the game when Brook Hiltz rocketed a shot past Carpenter to the left side of the cage. It was Hiltz’s third goal of the season. The Buckeyes kept up the offensive pressure and added the game’s third goal just 11 minutes later when Mona Frommhold scored off a penalty corner with assists from Maria Swartz and Laudahn.
Northwestern refused to go quietly, however, and got on the scoreboard in the 59th minute when Lisa McCarthy deflected a shot in front of the cage. The Wildcats pulled to within one, 3-2, in the 64th minute on a goal from Dominique Masters off a penalty corner, but the Ohio State defense settled in and did not allow another scoring opportunity for the final six minutes.
Goalie Sarah Lemieux made five saves while her counterpart, Carpenter, stopped one shot. Northwestern outshot Ohio State 11-8 and held a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners. The Buckeyes win marks the second ranked team they have knocked off this season after a victory over 20th-ranked New Hampshire on Sept. 1.
Ohio State will now face third-seeded Michigan State (10-9) in the semifinals tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Spartans defeated sixth-seeded Indiana, 6-0, in the third quarterfinal game of the day.