Despite near-freezing temperatures and a hard cold rain for most of the game, the Buckeyes Field Hockey team were able to defeat the Indiana Hoosiers in Ann Arbor in the Big 10 tournament and won their play in game 3-1 advancing the Buckeyes to the quarterfinals.
The Buckeyes were able to brave the elements and pepper the Hoosiers with 24 shots on net and controlled the tempo of the game with crisp passing and an outstanding defense.
Sophomore Esther Clotet Alsina got the scoring started for the Buckeyes at about the 10-minute mark of the first half. She was on the right side of the circle and then blasted the ball across the Indiana goalkeeper’s body to the left side of the net for the goal. It was her 5th goal of the season which ties her for second on the team in goal scoring.
Senior Sensation Maddy Humphrey unleashed a big shot which the Hoosier goalie blocked but Sophomore Adelaide Penzone found herself in the perfect spot for the rebound as she buried it into the net for her first goal of the season and gave the Buckeyes a big 2-0 lead headed into the half.
Late in the second half, it was Humphrey putting the icing on the cake with a big security goal as she scored off a corner which she started. She worked her way to the net and was able to redirect Juliette Duquesne’s initial shot for the score. It was Humphrey’s 9th goal of the season and the first assist of the season for Duquesne.
Senior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro wasn’t tested often but when she was she stepped up big making several great saves and only letting in 1 goal on 9 shots giving her an outstanding 1.39 goals against average on the season.
The Buckeyes, 10-8 on the season, will take on the regular season Big Ten champions, Michigan, on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor, MI. 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.