Around the Oval is our weekly look at the Ohio State sports that don't always get the coverage they deserve.
Excitement is building around campus, and it’s not just for the 3-0 Buckeyes. Other sports teams and athletes are gaining recognition as well with their performances, and we’ll start off with Boo Timko. The sophomore has put together two very strong showings to open the 2012 fall season for the Ohio State men’s golf team.
At the Marshall Invitational, Timko finished tied for eighth with a 2-under 211 with rounds of 69-71-71, helping the Buckeyes to tie for second as a team. In the squad’s third-place finish at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Sept. 15-16), Timko came in fifth overall with another 2-under 211. He opened with a 2-under 69 and followed with a career-low 66 and a 76 to conclude the weekend.
Overall, Timko leads the squad in the early season with a 70.33 stroke average and has recorded three rounds in the 60s so far.
In its only action last week, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated DePaul by a score of 2-1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Louie Berra and Kenny Cunningham scored for the Buckeyes, giving the team its second victory in a row and a 3-3-1 record on the season, while the Blue Demons drop to 2-4-0 on the year.
Berra scored midway through the first half, and the game was thought to be done with after Cunningham added a goal in extra time, only for DePaul to score in the closing seconds to rob the team of its first shutout of the season.
Next up, Ohio State opens the Big Ten season at 1 p.m. Sunday against Indiana at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
On the women’s side, in their only action of the week, they defeated Minnesota in overtime, 2-1, in the opening game of Big Ten Conference play at Jesse Owens Memorial Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-2-0 while the Golden Gophers fall to 5-3-0.
Minnesota scored first on a goal in the 11th minute, ending a scoreless streak of 462 minutes for Rachel Middleman. Minnesota held an 8-1 lead in shots over the first 45 minutes and things were not looking good for the Buckeyes. They came out strong in the second half though, with multiple scoring chances until Marisa Wolf finally capitalized from inside the six-yard box to tie it at 1-1 off a free kick from 40 yards by Kendyl Reed. Tiffany Cameron then put in the dagger, scoring in the 99th minute for another dramatic Ohio State victory.
Up next, the Buckeyes hit the road to take on Illinois Sept. 21 and Northwestern Sept. 23.
Ohio State traveled to the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup held at the Athletics/Alumni Center in Houston, and they dropped the first match to No. 18 Pepperdine, 3-0, on Sept. 14. The Buckeyes then played on Sept. 15, dropping their second match to Florida State, 3-1, before defeating Houston, 3-1, in the final match of tournament play.
Senior Mariah Booth was named to the All-Tournament team after tying a career-high with 17 kills on 19 attempts for a .895 attack percentage against Houston.
Single-game tickets for the 2012-13 Ohio State men’s hockey home schedule will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 25.
Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster either by calling 800-745-3000, visiting their website, or going in person to any Ticketmaster outlet.
You can also buy them at the Ohio State University ticket office in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
Again this year, all Ohio State students will receive free admission to regular-season home games with a valid BuckID.