Oct. 14, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - -
Berta Queralt scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime as host 19th-ranked Ohio State edged the 14th-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team Wednesday afternoon. The Cards drop to 7-6, while the Buckeyes improve to 10-4 on the season.
The teams played through a scoreless first half in which Ohio State outshot Louisville 12-7 and held an 8-2 advantage in penalty corners. Cardinal goalkeeper Heather Bustanoby turned back seven of the Buckeyes' shots to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
In the second half, Ohio State struck first when Queralt netted a pass from Maria Briones at the 41:52 mark. The lead was short-lived when the Cards responded four minutes later. Sophomore Hayley Turner tipped junior Nikki Auker's penalty corner shot for her team-leading eighth goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. The rest of the second half was hard-fought, with the Buckeyes outshooting the Cards 4-2, but Louisville holding a 2-1 edge in corners.
With the score still knotted at 1-1, the teams entered a seven on seven, sudden victory overtime period. Just over two minutes into the overtime, Queralt sent a shot past Bustanoby for the 2-1 win.
In the game, Ohio State outshot Louisville 17-9 and held a 9-4 advantage in corners. Bustanoby (7-6) collected eight saves in the game, shile Ohio State's Lindsay Quintiliani recorded four stops.
U of L will return to BIG EAST Conference play when they host Providence on Friday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. That game will be televised by WHAS11 and aired in a delayed broadcast with Sean Moth and Suzanne (Irwin) Bush carrying announcing duties.
Also during Friday's Providence game, Team Cardinal will participating in a food drive to help area families during Thanksgiving. Fans who bring canned goods with them to the game will be entered in a raffle for a field hockey gift basket to be given away at halftime.
Louisville will close the weekend with a game against No. 4 Wake Forest on Sunday at1 p.m. The Cards will celebrate senior day by honoring goalkeeper Heather Bustanoby
and forwards Kayla May
and Julie-Anne Smith. Fans are encouraged to wear white as the Cards attempt to set a regular season attendance record mark of over 700.