No. 21 Ohio State drops to No. 3 Northwestern 2-1 in overtime

The Ohio State field hockey team rallies during the Ohio State-Wake Forest game on Sept. 18. Wake Forest won 1-0. Credit: Zachary Rilley | photo editor

No. 21 Ohio State’s five-game winning streak came to an end, losing to No. 3 Northwestern 2-1 on a Wildcats overtime goal senior midfielder Ana Medina Garcia at Buckeye Varsity Field on Sunday.

The Buckeyes field hockey team (8-6, 2-4 Big Ten) split the weekend against the top five teams after dropping the game to the Wildcats (12-3, 3-3 Big Ten ).

Garcia’s game-winning goal was unassisted and his sixth goal of the season to give him 15 points.

Despite the loss, head coach Jarred Martin said he was pleased with the Buckeyes’ performance over the weekend.

“This weekend we saw a lot of good things from the team,” Martin said. “I think we show that competitive fire, and the connections we make on the pitch give us opportunities to win a game.”

The game was a scoreless defensive battle until early in the fourth quarter when fifth-year Wildcats forward Bente Baekers converted on a penalty corner, but junior midfielder Megan McKenna responded to tie the game. match and send it to overtime.

McKenna credited the defense for holding the Wildcats high-powered offense scoreless for so long.

“We really focused on defense,” McKenna said. “Our reaction to the roll has been really good. We just tried to be all over the ball.

The first quarter was a regular home-and-away, which neither team came away with a goal. The Buckeyes had three shots and two corners, and the Wildcats took two shots from two corners.

The Buckeyes got a big chance in the second quarter when they received a penalty kick from senior forward Sarah Charley. Wildcats junior goaltender Annabel Skubisz made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Ohio State had six penalty corners in a row in the third quarter, but the Wildcats defense got stronger and allowed no goals. The Buckeyes took seven shots from the corners, five of which were saved and two were blocked.

The Wildcats had five corners in the third quarter but couldn’t convert due to three blocks from the Buckeye defense and a save from junior goaltender Abby Danson.

“Our defensive penalty corner unit was a beast today,” McKenna said. “They didn’t let anything in. In attack we were just focused on trying to get around their players, but they were strong in that as well. It was a good battle. »

Baekers scored the first goal of the game in the fourth quarter, assisted by fifth-year running back Kayla Blas. Baekers is the nation’s leading scorer, and it was her 20th goal of the season.

McKenna tied the game with 7:49 left in the game, assisted by sophomore midfielder Claudia Thomas. It was McKenna’s second goal this season.

“I saw an open space, an open green, and I just took it,” McKenna said. “It was amazing.”

Garcia’s game-winning goal came 3:45 into extra time, after rounding a Buckeye defender on the left side.

Martin said the Buckeyes are looking forward to Indiana and trying to qualify for the Big Ten tournament, which begins Nov. 3 at Buckeye Varsity Field.

“We have work to do,” Martin said. “First of all we have to make sure we play IU next weekend, Indiana. It’s going to be a really important game just for us to make the Big Ten tournament. It’s crazy to think the conference is so competitive. We have to make sure that we are there to give ourselves a chance.

The Buckeyes travel to Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday to face the Hoosiers at 3 p.m.

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