Sept. 23, 2012
Missouri State's break from conference play didn't go as planned, as the Bears field hockey squad (3-6) lost to Ohio State 10-1 on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
"There's a difference between being on the field playing and being on the field watching," head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa said. "Today, we were watching.
"When you watch, you will always be one step behind."
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against Missouri State junior goalkeeper Andrea Bain. In the fourth minute, Ohio State senior forward Berta Queralt scored in front of the goal off a right-side pass from junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque. In the ninth minute, senior forward Danica Deckard followed with a goal of her own on the right side of the cage off an assist from sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold.
About 30 seconds later, Frommhold was credited with a goal that was deflected in front of the cage. Ohio State freshman forward Peanut Johnson picked up the assist on the play.
At that point, junior Katie Mulloy replaced Bain in goal, but that didn't slow the Buckeyes for long. Queralt scored her second goal of the day, which extended Ohio State's lead to 4-0 with about 17 minutes left in the first half, this time on a reverse shot in front of the cage. Deckard assisted on the play.
Pastor-Pitarque and Queralt teamed up for another Ohio State goal with 9:02 remaining in the first half, that time when Pastor-Pitarque scored from the top of the circle off an assist from Queralt. Ohio State's commanding 5-0 lead was the margin at halftime.
Queralt continued her offensive onslaught when she scored her third goal of the day at 1:34 into the second half. Deckard got her second assist on the play, which was a reverse shot from the left side of the cage.
Johnson scored the next Buckeye goals unassisted. She made the score 7-0 from the top of the circle and got the shot past Mulloy on the left side of the cage. About eight minutes later, she scored past Mulloy on the right side to give Ohio State an 8-0 advantage.
Hillary Lawless got Missouri State on the board in the 50th minute. The junior forward dribbled in the circle and found the back of the cage on a right-side shot for her team-leading fifth goal of the year. However, the Bears saw their deficit increase to 9-1 when Pastor-Pitarque's shot went off a MSU defender and into the Bears' goal.
Ohio State's Emma Royce, a freshman midfielder, made the final margin 10-1 when she scored off a penalty corner with just over a minute remaining in the game.
The Bears allowed the Buckeyes only six penalty corners, a season-best total for Missouri State. However, Ohio State out-shot the Bears 23-to-11 and recorded 16 shots on goal to MSU's five.
Missouri State will open their home schedule on Sept. 29 with a noon matchup against conference rival Miami (Ohio) at Plaster Sports Complex.