Oct. 1, 2013
Justine ~nbsp>Sowry discusses the 6-3 win over Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Alyssa Voelmle had two goals and an assist and senior Erin Schneidtmiller added two goals to help lead the No. 17 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 6-3 win over host Ohio State Tuesday afternoon. With their fourth straight win, the Cardinals improve to 8-2 while the Buckeyes drop to 3-7.
"It was a wild one and a little bit of a shootout with nine goals scored in the game and we conceded three of them, so I'm not terribly happy about that," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "Overall we stuck to our game plan. We finally were able to play some pretty good hockey under pressure. We were able to pass the ball around. I'm happy with the win and also the process in which we played. We're definitely on track. We're committed and disciplined what we're trying to do and accomplish."
The teams played through nine scoreless minutes before the Cardinals were awarded a penalty stroke at the 9:48 mark. Voelmle, the reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, sent a shot to the left of Ohio State goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux to put Louisville on the scoreboard.
The Buckeyes answered three minutes later when Peanut Johnson sent a rebound shot past Louisville goalkeeper sophomore Sydney King for the first of her three goals in the game to tie the score at 1-1.
Louisville quickly regained the lead less than three minutes later when Voelmle sent a pass from just inside the 25 yard line into the middle of the circle where freshman Shannon Sloss connected on her sixth goal of the season.
The Cardinals added another goal when sophomore Elisa Garcia sent a free hit from the 25 yard line to the circle where junior Becca deflected a shot into the upper right side of the cage for her third goal of the season to make the score 3-1.
Ohio State responded when Johnson received a long pass from Emma Royce and registered her second goal of the game to cut Louisville's lead to one with less than three minutes remaining in the half.
UofL took the 3-2 lead into halftime after holding a 7-5 edge in shots and a 3-0 advantage in corners.
The second half featured four more goals with the Buckeyes striking first. Just 1:09 into the half, Johnson received a pass from Nora Murer on the left post, dribbled across the front of the cage and sent a shot past King to complete her hat trick and evened the score at 3-3.
Less than two minutes later, the Cardinals retook the lead for good when Schneidtmiller's shot from the right side of the circle glanced off of a defender's stick into the cage make the score 4-3.
Schneidtmiller tallied her second goal of the game and sixth of the season when she tipped Garcia's penalty corner shot into the far side of the cage.
The Cards capped the scoring with less than nine minutes remaining in the game. Voelmle's initial penalty corner shot was blocked by an OSU defender, but she collected the rebound and redirected it into the cage for her team-best seventh goal of the season.
In the game, Louisville outshot Ohio State 15-10 and held a 12-1 advantage in corners. King (8-2) had three saves while Lemieux also had three for the Buckeyes.
UofL (8-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) will return to Trager Stadium to face No. 18 Temple (8-2, 2-0) in a BIG EAST matchup Friday at 6 p.m. The Cardinals will play host to Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m. in their annual Pink Game. Admission is free to all games at Trager Stadium.
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