Around the Oval: Field Hockey Falls in Double Overtime, Women's Volleyball Swept by Purdue, and Women's Soccer Upsets Wisconsin

By Max Melnik on October 22, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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Buckeye excellence is not exclusive to the football field or the basketball court. Around the Oval is our way of keeping you informed of the amazing things happening with the other 34 varsity sports on campus.

Field Hockey Fights Hard, But Falls 2-1 in Double Overtime

The No. 21 Ohio State Buckeye field hockey team traveled up to Ann Arbor for their final game of the season against the 7th ranked Wolverines this Sunday. This was a close match from start to finish between two top 25 teams. Things were neck and neck after the first half with the Buckeyes firing off four shots and the Wolverines totaling six. Both teams were also awarded two penalty corners, but neither was able to convert with the first half ending in a scoreless draw. 

In the second half, Ohio State's Esther Clotet broke the deadlock with a screamer from the top of the circle in the 53rd minute to put the Buckeyes on top. It seemed as if the Buckeyes were going to walk away from Ann Arbor with a win, but the Wolverines found the back of the net seven minutes before the end of regulation, tying things up at 1-1. With three minutes left to play in the second overtime, Michigan scored securing their 2-1 victory. 

OSU was not victorious, but it was still an impressive performance against a top ten team on the road. The Buckeyes finished the season 11-7 and fourth in the Big Ten. Ohio State will look to kick off their Big Ten Tournament run with a win next Sunday against Rutgers at Buckeye Varsity Field.

Women's Volleyball Swept by No.17 Purdue in Straight Sets 

The Ohio State women's volleyball team traveled to West Lafayette to play No.17 Purdue on Sunday in a tough road game. 

Things were tight in the first set until Purdue started to pull away taking a 15-11 lead. The Buckeyes called a timeout, but could not catch up with Purdue taking the first set by a 25-17 score. The second set was much closer. Ohio State was in a good position midway through the set with a 15-12 advantage.

The Boilermakers managed to tie things up, but the Buckeyes continued to play hard and were up 20-18 with the set coming to a close. Unfortunately, Purdue managed to string together a 7-2 run to claim the second set 25-22. OSU could get nothing going in the third set, with Purdue sealing the sweep with a 25-13 win. 

With the loss, Ohio State falls to 12-10 overall with a 3-7 record in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes will return home to host Nebraska at 7 p.m. at St. John's Arena. 

Women's Soccer Upsets No. 19 Wisconsin 2-1, Earns 3rd Seed in Big Ten Tournament

It was a big day and a big win for Ohio State women's soccer. 

The Buckeyes hosted the No.19 Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday and things started fast. Ohio State took the lead in just the 9th minute of the game with a goal from striker Marissa Birzon. Birzon ran onto a perfectly weighted ball from fellow striker Eleanor Gabriel, dodged past the keeper and slotted the ball into the back of the net. 

Wisconsin would tie the game at one in the 19th minute, but the Buckeyes would respond with another goal in the 29th minute off of a cross from midfielder Sarah Roberts. From that point on the Buckeye defense would lock down, preventing the Badgers from finding the net the rest of the game. Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr played particularly well, making several key saves to preserve the Buckeye lead. 

With the win, Ohio State finishes the season with a 9-5-3 record. The teams tied for third in the Big Ten, but with the victory the Buckeyes win the head-to-head tiebreaker and will host a quarterfinal match in the Big Ten Tournament next Sunday. 

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