Ahern nets lone goal as field hockey tops No. 16 Ohio State 1-0

All it took was one shot as the MSU field hockey scored on their first shot and held on to a 1-0 lead to beat No. 16 Ohio State.

Sophomore forward Allie Ahern put in a cross from freshman forward Mallory Tyler, giving the Spartans (7-6 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) an early advantage in the third minute of the game.

This win is crucial for the Spartans, as they get back on track after a slip-up in a loss against Pacific on Monday.

“(Throughout the week) the coaching staff had emphasized the importance of practicing how you want to play and execute the game plan,” head coach Helen Knull said. “I am proud of how hard the entire team fought for 70 minutes to get the crucial Big Ten win.”

Not only is the team back on track by beating a ranked opponent, but they pick up their second Big Ten win on the year.

Junior goaltender Molly Cassidy gave the Spartans another consistent game with three saves, earning herself her third shutout of the year.

The Spartans stay in Ohio as they face Ohio University on Sunday at 3 p.m..

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