Sept. 8, 2010

Courtesy of Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the third time in just nine days, the Buckeyes had to play into overtime, but fatigue was not a factor as the 12th-ranked Ohio State field hockey team defeated No. 11 Louisville, 4-3, in double-overtime Wednesday night in Louisville, Ky. All-American forward Berta Queralt tallied the game-winning goal just a minute into the second part of extra time for her first goal of the season.

A sophomore from Barcelona, Spain, Queralt dribbled down through the midfield and scored on a shot that skirted by a Louisville defender and into the goal. She also had two assists against the Cardinals for a total of four points. Senior midfielder Aisling McKeon also had four points on a goal and a pair of assists.

Ohio State (3-1) improves to 15-5 all-time vs. Louisville (3-2). Four of the last six meetings the two teams have played have been decided in overtime, while the Buckeyes have taken back-to-back extra time victories.

During the first overtime, the Buckeyes were outshot 5-2, but goalkeeper Ally Tunitis was strong for the Buckeyes, recording four saves. She had a season-high six saves in the game to improve to 3-1.

In the first half, Louisville was the first to strike after junior midfielder Hayley Turner dribbled into the circle and shot into the right side of the cage for the 1-0 lead at 21:30.

Ohio State responded quickly when, less than four minutes later, senior forward Jena Cacciatore continued her impressive offensive start to the 2010 season by scoring her fourth goal of the year following a penalty corner with assists coming from Queralt and McKeon. The goal was Cacciatore's fourth of the season.

The Buckeyes gained the lead for the first time during the opening minutes in the second half. Following a penalty corner, junior co-captain Aisling Coyle put Ohio State ahead 2-1 with assists from Queralt and McKeon at 36:58. The goal is Coyle's fourth of the year, while Queralt and McKeon have combined for 11 of the Buckeyes' 13 assists this year.

Louisville evened the score at 2-all when senior forward Nikki Auker scored off a rebound following a penalty corner at 54:21.

Ohio State had another quick response just 2 minutes later as McKeon scored her first goal of the season off a shot during a penalty corner from the left side.

However, Louisville answered for the second time to send the game into overtime. Senior forward Tuli Lim scored from a pass from the right side of the corner from Turner at 66:21.

For the game, the Cardinals had a 17-11 advantage in shots and a 8-6 lead in penalty corners.