The No. 20 Ohio State field hockey team continued its home dominance with a shutout victory over Iowa on Sunday.
The 2-0 win improved the Buckeyes’ home record to 6-1 this season.
Iowa became the sixth team the Buckeyes have shut out this season. The team has not allowed any opponent to score more than two goals in any of the past nine games.
The win is senior goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani’s 37th, making her the all-time leader in OSU history. She passes Lindsay Williams, who set the record in 2005.
“I didn’t want to do it anywhere else,” Quintiliani said. “I’m so proud to be a Buckeye and [this record] was won by the entire defense.”
Quintiliani said Sunday’s victory over Iowa “was the best game, start to finish, we’ve played all season.”
Coach Anne Wilkinson was pleased with the team’s performance.
“We were focused overall for the full 70 minutes,” she said. “Everyone communicated well … and we did a good job managing our match ups.”
The Buckeyes needed that kind of team effort to record the win, as the game was a defensive struggle.
It was not until with 5:03 left that sophomore midfielder Aisling Coyle broke the scoreless tie, scoring off a deflection.
Freshman forward Berta Queralt iced the game, scoring her 11th goal of the season with 3:37 remaining.
Queralt also assisted the first goal scored by Coyle. The assist was her 12th of the season, which is first in the Big Ten.
The victory moves OSU a step closer to a potential Big Ten title, as the Buckeyes are now 2-1 in conference play and 9-4 overall.
Iowa falls to 1-2 in the Big Ten and 4-7 overall.
Ohio State’s next game is Wednesday at home against Louisville. The game starts at 3 p.m. and will be played on the North Turf Field.