|University of Maine||Ohio State|
BOSTON – Four minutes into Maine’s first overtime game since 2016, senior Libby Riedl capitalized off a rebound to lift No. 25 Maine past No. 24 Ohio State on Saturday night at New Balance Field.
The contest went scoreless through the first half, and it wasn’t until the 52nd minute until the Black Bears’ (3-0) Brook Sulinski found the back of the net for her second career goal. The Buckeyes (1-2) answered a few minutes later as regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.
Four minutes into overtime, Libby Riedl followed her shot that was blocked and deposited into the back of the net for Maine’s second victory over a ranked opponent in as many days. Maine took down Boston University 2-1 on Friday at New Balance Field.
In net, Mia Borley made four saves for her third victory of her young career. For Ohio State, Aaliyah Hernandez recorded two saves in 74 minutes.
MAINE GAME NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS
The Black Bears out shot the Buckeyes 14-8 on the day, but Ohio State held an advantage of 5-4 on shots the goal. Maine also led in penalty corners by a 5-4 mark.
The win over the Buckeyes gives Maine its first win over Ohio State since 2004. Ohio State leads the all-time series at 5-3.
In 2017, Maine won one game against a ranked opponent (#20 UAlbany). The Black Bears have now won two such games in consecutive days. Maine has three games remaining against teams ranked in the Penn Monto / NFHCA Preseason Poll (9/23 vs. #15 Harvard, 9/30 vs. #21 UAlbany, 10/19 at #21 UAlbany).
Mia Borley’s four saves against the Buckeyes is a career-best through three games.
Maine has now won four-straight overtime contests, defeating Vermont, New Hampshire, and Northeastern in an extra period. The Black Bears last lost in OT the same season against Boston University at New Balance Field on Sept. 9, 2016.
HOW IT HAPPENED
52:45 | Brooke Sulinski put in rebound off a Casey Crowley shot for her second goal of the season.
54:26 | Ohio State answered less than two minutes later when Jessica Hourihane scored off a corner on an assist from Courtney Daniels.
74:32 | Riedl took her own shot that was blocked and fired a second shot past the OSU goalkeeper high-right.
Maine returns to game action next Saturday at Quinnipiac. Game time against the Bobcats at Quinnipiac Field Hockey Field is set for a noon start.