No. 10 Ohio State Squeaks By No. 7 Wake Forest
Sept. 19, 2010
Courtesy of Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 10th-ranked Ohio State field hockey team beat No. 7 Wake Forest, 3-2, in overtime Sunday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C. Junior co-captain Aisling Coyle scored twice, including the gamewinner, to help the Buckeyes improve to 5-1 away from Columbus and 6-2 overall this season. Coyle scored the winning goal on a penalty stroke at 80:52 to end the game in thrilling fashion.
The Buckeyes pick up their first win in program history against the Demon Deacons in the third all-time meeting between the teams. The victory is the second-consecutive win against a Top 10 ACC opponent after topping No. 9 Duke, 3-1, Saturday. The Buckeyes are now 3-1 in overtime games this year.
The Scarlet and Gray controlled the action for the majority of the game, outshooting Wake Forest, 16-9, with an 8-4 advantage on penalty corners.
Along with Coyle's leading performance, sophomore Danica Deckard scored her first goal of the season. Sophomore Berta Queralt and senior Aisling McKeon both had assists.
The Buckeyes were leading 2-1 until the final seconds of the game when junior forward Kerry Ergen sent the game into overtime at 69:56 after a diving deflection that sent the ball top shelf from a long pass. It was the only shot for Wake Forest in the final 35 minutes.
In the first half, Wake Forest opened the scoring when sophomore midfielder Lizzie Rae picked up the ball in the box, beating a Buckeye defender at 11:24.
Just six minutes later, Deckard tied the score at 1-1 with her first goal of the season and second in her career at 18:10. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., gathered a deflection off keeper Kaitlyn Ruhf for the unassisted goal.
The Buckeyes took their first lead in the closing minutes of the first half with Coyle putting the team ahead, 2-1 at 31:26. The Glasgow, Scotland, native scored following a penalty corner with assists coming from McKeon and Queralt.
With her two goals, Coyle extended her goal streak to all eight games this season and upped her team-leading point total to 19. McKeon and Queralt both have hit double digits in assists with 10 this year and have accounted for 20 of the Buckeyes' 23 assists this season.
Junior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis had two saves in 81 minutes vs. the Demon Deacons and improved to 6-2.