COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team came back to defeat West Virginia, 3-1, scoring all three goals in the second half Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
“I felt so far this season we’ve spent a good chunk of the first half trying to size the opponent up and that was definitely what we did today,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “Although I thought we played well in the first half, we raised our level of play and were able to get the win.”
The Mountaineers took the lead on a goal by Bri Rodriguez in the 38th minute. The sophomore midfielder gained possession just outside the Ohio State box and drilled a shot far post from 20 yards out that beat a diving Rachel Middleman.
The Buckeyes had a pair of solid first half opportunities: in the 19th minute Danica Wu had a shot from the top of the box sail just high and a shot by Kendyl Reed drifted wide of the left post in the 41st minute.
Ohio State edged West Virginia five shots to four in the first period but the Mountaineers put a pair on goal compared to one for the Buckeyes and took a 1-0 lead into the break.
The Buckeyes came out firing in the second half as Lauren Granberg volleyed in the equalizer off a nice ball from Tiffany Cameron in the 52nd minute. Just over a minute later, Granberg, who tied for the team lead with six goals as a freshman a year ago, gave the Buckeyes the lead off a perfect feed from Lauren Steuer.
Granberg almost returned the favor to Cameron two minutes later but Cameron wasn’t able to connect on the cross after she made a nice run to the far post.
Ohio State was able to find that insurance goal in the 73rd minute when Caitlyn Martin scored her first career goal on a header off a corner from Courtney Jenkins to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead and cap off the scoring.
“Caitlyn has really done everything we have asked of her and been a key component for us the last three years,” Walker added. “It was good to see her get the monkey off her back and find the back of the net.”
For the game, Ohio State outshot West Virginia 13-9 and held an 8-5 advantage on corner kicks.
The Buckeyes make the short trip to Dayton Friday for a 6 p.m. matchup against the Flyers before returning home to take on Akron at 6 p.m. Sunday.