The Ohio State field hockey team suffered four consecutive losses, but ended its slump with a 4-3 win over Kent State.
OSU claimed its first win since Sept. 6 when it took on the Golden Flashes at Murphy-Mellis Field Tuesday afternoon in Kent, Ohio a game in which both teams were able to score twice in the first half. Freshman forward Brooke Hiltz stood out for the Buckeyes, netting two goals, once in each half and adding an assist.
The Golden Flashes got on the board early in the game, when junior midfielder Hannah Faulkner scored seven minutes in. The Buckeyes answered quickly, though, as Hiltz scored the first goal of her career less than two minutes later. Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson put the OSU in the lead with another first half goal, before Kent State was able to tie the game up heading into the break.
The Golden Flashes came out of halftime quickly, taking a 3-2 lead just 27 seconds after the intermission.
The Buckeyes completed the comeback with another goal from Hiltz coupled with one from senior midfielder Mona Frommhold in the 52nd and 54th minutes respectively.
Coach Anne Wilkinson said the offense stepped up and was able to control themselves through the ups and downs of the game.
“Our focus was mainly on our offense this game,” Wilkinson said. “I am pleased with the win … it was nice to see us finishing.”
Wilkinson said it is never easy winning on another team’s turf, let alone an in-state team that targets OSU. She added it is nice to be going into a Big Ten game coming off a win.
“It was a great game for both teams,” Wilkinson said. “It was a high pace game and it was nice to see a lot of people step up in different areas.”
Frommhold said it was a tough match, going down two times, but the team pushed one another to finish the game.
“We played really (well) together,” Frommhold said. “We supported each other and motivated each other through the whole game.”
OSU is scheduled to take on Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., at 1 p.m. This is the first Big Ten opponent the Buckeyes will face this season. They are scheduled to return to Buckeye Varsity Field Tuesday to take on No. 25 Louisville.