Deacons Edge Ohio State 3-2 in Overtime
Sept. 4, 2015
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeHockey)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Megan Anderson scored her first collegiate goal to lead the Wake Forest field hockey team to a 3-2 overtime win over Ohio State on Friday at Kentner Stadium.
"Anytime you go in to overtime it is such a risk," said head coach Jennifer Averill. "Having said that, we have some really crafty players and I will take my odds with them in overtime. We had some golden opportunities that we kind of wasted against a very strong opponent. We need to do some clinical work and see exactly how we can do a better job of polishing up our game. It was a long day and a difficult win against a solid opponent."
Anderson notched the game-winner just 1:19 in to the extra period to lift No. 11 Wake Forest to the victory. Ohio State started the overtime period down a person due to a green card near the end of regulation. The Deacs were able to use the advantage to go on the offensive early in overtime. The Buckeyes were back to full strength when Anderson notched the game winner but Wake Forest had already established momentum on offense.
Jess Newak took the initial shot on goal which the Ohio State keeper, Liz Tamburro, was able to save but Anderson was there to clean up the rebound and put away the goal.
Wake Forest (2-1) and Ohio State (1-2) got started over three hours late due to lightning.
Anderson had a four-point night for the Demon Deacons after she assisted on Newak's goal in the first half. The goal came in the 27th minute to give Wake Forest an early 1-0 lead. She also assisted Jule Grashoff's goal in the second half that tied the game 2-2.
Ohio State registered a pair of goals in less than two minutes in the second half. Both goals were started by Morgan Kile bringing the ball along the end line and passing in front of the goal. On the first pass Maddy Humphrey was there for the goal and just 1:22 later Peanut Johnson collected a pass and scored.
Senior Valerie Dahmen made seven saves for the win. Tamburro finished with eight saves for the Buckeyes.
The Demon Deacons held a 15-11 advantage in shots and a 7-4 advantage on penalty corners.
Wake Forest is back in action on Sunday against Missouri State at noon at Kentner Stadium. Missouri State and Ohio State will play a neutral site match on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Kentner Stadium.
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