COLUMBUS, Ohio – Playing its fifth ranked opponent of the season, Miami (Ohio) broke through with a win, defeating No. 23 Ohio State on Sunday. The RedHawks improve to 2-4 on the season, while the Buckeyes fall to 2-3.
Emily Gruesser’s shot in the third minute was stopped by Ohio State goalkeeper Emma Voelker. In the eighth minute, Berta Queralt dribbled inside the circle and shot the ball past Sarah Mueller into the left side of the cage, putting the Buckeyes up 1-0. Mueller and the defense stiffened from there, it was the only time Ohio State would get on the board.
Miami got the equalizer in the 32nd minute. After being awarded a penalty corner, a shot from Olivia Miller was blocked. Leni Gross tried to score, but her shot was saved by Voelker. Valentina Neira then got the ball at the top of the circle, she passed to Gruesser in the left corner who then put the ball into the net for her fourth goal in the past two games and fifth of the season. The teams went into the break tied at one.
The Buckeyes got a couple of chances to score early in the second half off of penalty corners, but Mueller came up with solid saves. In the 45th minute a shot by Bea Dechant was saved by Voelker. The ball went to Demi Wideman, who shot it into the open net for her first career goal to make it 2-1, in favor of Miami.
In the final 20 minutes of the contest, Ohio State had six penalty corner attempts. Each time Mueller came up with the save, or the RedHawk defense forced the shot-attempt wide. The Buckeyes final shot came in the final six seconds, but the attempt went out of bounds. The clock expired and Miami earned the victory.
For the game, OSU outshot the RedHawks, 25-11. The Buckeyes also had an 11-3 advantage on penalty corners. Gruesser, Miller and Dechant each had two shots, while Mueller finished with 10 saves.