PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Ohio State displayed a balanced scoring attack and a suffocating defense Friday afternoon in a 17-5 win over Duquesne at Rooney Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The win moves Ohio State to 5-1 on the year heading into next Tuesday’s game at Notre Dame. The Dukes fall to 0-2 on the year.
But the story of the game came from the defensive side as Ohio State put the clamps on in the second half, holding the Dukes scoreless and limiting them to just six shots in the final 30 minutes. They also forced 10 second half turnovers and 18 for the game.
The game was all knotted up at 3-3 10 minutes into the game before Alex Vander Molen, who also scored twice on the day, made it 5-3 with back-to-back unassisted goals. Parrott followed her up with consecutive goals of her own to make it 7-3 with 6:34 left in the half.
Duquesne then scored the final two goals of the half to cut the Ohio State led to 7-5 at halftime. But it was all Buckeyes in the second half as Ohio State quickly scored three goals in the first 3 minutes of play from Hernandez, Parrott and Erika Keselman to double up the Dukes, 10-5, and give Ohio State the cushion it needed to cruise the rest of the way.
On the day, the Buckeyes outshot the Dukes, 44-20, and won 15 of 24 draw controls.
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