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Women’s hockey posts impressive start to the season

Plus, field hockey and men’s soccer earn key wins on the weekend.

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Women’s hockey is posting an impressive start to its season, improving to 4-0 through two weeks of play. After opening their 2019-20 campaign with a sweep of St. Lawrence, the Buckeyes added another sweep this past weekend, this time of conference foe St. Cloud. In the Buckeyes’ opening game Friday night, junior forward Emma Maltais tied a program record with four goals in the matchup, taking the lion’s share of scoring in the 5-2 Ohio State victory. On Saturday, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes posted a 6-2 win, led by junior forward Tatum Skaggs’ two goals. Competition heats up for Ohio State this weekend, when the Buckeyes are scheduled to host a two-game series against top-ranked Wisconsin.

After a three-game skid to conclude the month of September, Ohio State field hockey looks to be back on track, this weekend posting a 6-1 win over Ohio University in Athens. In their matchup Sunday, the 15th-ranked Buckeyes were up just 1-0 heading into the fourth quarter when the offense turned itself on, firing off five more goals to seal the win for the visiting Buckeyes. Freshman Mackenzie Allessie once again led the way for Ohio State, scoring three of the team’s goals. Fellow freshman Sarah Charley added one of her own, extending her goal streak to three games. After this weekend, Ohio State improved its record to 5-4 overall. Next up, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 9 Michigan in Columbus Friday afternoon.

Men’s soccer is also riding high after this weekend, when the squad brought home its first conference win in the past two seasons, and the first under head coach Brian Maisonneuve. Ohio State posted a 1-0 victory over Rutgers in Piscataway, won on a goal in the 72nd minute by redshirt junior defender Samuel Buzzas. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-4-1 on the season, and are ready to head home to face Cleveland State Saturday night in Columbus.

After posting a 12th-place finish at the Nike Collegiate Invitational in Oregon last weekend, the men’s golf team returns home to host the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin early this week. The Buckeyes are scheduled to host Florida State, No. 17 Clemson and No. 12 Duke in the tournament. The women’s squad, meanwhile, had the past weekend off, but is scheduled to travel to the Tar Heel Invitational, hosted by North Carolina in Chapel Hill this weekend.

Men’s tennis, or at least nine members of the squad, opened up their respective seasons at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa. Five members of the 2019-20 roster, including three incoming freshmen, played in the pre-qualifier Saturday. The qualifier is scheduled to open Monday, with sophomore James Trotter opening his competition then. Three current Buckeyes -- John McNally, Kyle Seelig and Cannon Kindsley -- qualified for the main draw, which is scheduled to open Wednesday. The women’s squad sent three athletes to the tournament, including two to the pre-qualifier, two to the qualifier and one -- Isabelle Boulais -- to the main draw. The women’s team also sent two doubles pairs to the qualifying round.

The pistol and rifle teams also opened up their seasons this past weekend. Rifle competed against Nebraska in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, while pistol headed to the United States Coast Guard Academy.

But it’s not all good news from the weekend…

After posting a conference win over Maryland last week, women’s soccer fell 3-2 to Penn State Sunday in Columbus. The score, however, doesn’t tell the full story, as the Buckeyes mounted a valiant comeback after falling behind 3-0 against the Nittany Lions. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 4-7-1 overall. Next up, the Buckeyes look to bounce back when they face Purdue Thursday night in West Lafayette.

Women’s volleyball also struggled this weekend, falling 3-0 to Michigan State Friday and Michigan Sunday, with both matches taking place in Columbus. With their losses, Ohio State falls to 8-7 overall, but the Buckeyes have a chance to stop the slide Friday night when they travel to face Rutgers in Piscataway.

Winter sports prepping for the start of their seasons

While women’s hockey is having a dominant start to its season, the defending Big Ten champion men’s team is getting ready to kickoff its own with two games scheduled for this weekend. Kicking things off, Ohio State travels to Toledo for the Ice Breaker Tournament, facing Western Michigan Friday night and either Bowling Green or RIT Saturday. To prepare, the 12th-ranked Buckeyes hosted their first official practice Saturday, and took on Western in an exhibition game Sunday.

The swimming and diving team is also actively preparing for its season opening meets against Texas A&M and Louisville, scheduled for Oct. 19-20 in College Station, Texas. This past weekend, the Buckeyes hosted their annual Scarlet and Gray and Alumni meets. Saturday, the Gray team took home a 310-266 victory.

Baseball and men’s volleyball also announced their schedules for their 2020 seasons. While the baseball Buckeyes are starting their season with a 14-game road trip, volleyball has 15 matches scheduled to be hosted at the Covelli Center in its inaugural season, which is listed to open Jan. 4 against North Greenville.