Sep 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Missouri State field hockey team gained an early lead vs. Ohio State, but couldn’t hold on as the Buckeyes defeated the Bears, 5-1, on Friday (Sept. 6).
Hillary Lawless (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) gave the Bears (1-2) an early 1-0 advantage with her first goal of the year. Lawless scored unassisted off a Buckeyes turnover just 3:50 into the game.
From there, Ohio State (2-1) claimed victory with five unanswered goals. Nora Murer got the Buckeyes offense started when she took a center pass off a penalty corner and scored past Bears goalkeeper Andrea Bain (Sr., Victoria, British Columbia) with 25:33 showing on the clock to tie the match at one goal apiece.
About seven minutes later, Ohio State’s Peanut Johnson gave the Buckeyes their 2-1 halftime advantage after she scored unassisted off a Missouri State turnover on the right side of the cage.
The Buckeyes pushed their lead to 4-1 with a pair of goals in the second period. Johnson notched her second goal of the day 14:48 into the half. About 10 minutes later, Arielle Cowie pushed the lead to three goals when she got a slap shot from the top of the circle past Bain and into the net.
Ohio State closed the scoring when Johnson picked up a hat trick with a goal in front of the cage for what proved to be the final 5-1 margin.
Ohio State out-shot the Bears 15-to-5, which included a 9-to-2 advantage in shots on goal. Lawless led Missouri State with three shots. Holly Scherer (So., Belmont, Ontario) and Liz Young (So., San Diego, Calif.) also notched shots for the visitors.
Missouri State will take on Bucknell on Saturday (Sept. 7) in Columbus. The match is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.