COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a match that included four yellow cards and multiple stoppages for injuries, the Pitt Panthers defeated Ohio State 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in Columbus.
“We have to credit their goalkeeper,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “She made some absolutely terrific saves. We also made a couple of mistakes in the back that cost us and we have to be error free there.”
In a physical first half, the Buckeyes put relentless pressure on Pitt goalkeeper Morie Kephart but the junior was able to answer the call. Ohio State out-shot the Panthers 12-1 including 7-1 on goal in the first stanza.
Ohio State junior Lauren Steuer started things in the 13th minute but her chance was thwarted when Kephart made the diving save and deflected the shot wide. Caitlyn Martin kept it going in the 19th minute but her shot off a Lauren Granberg cross was also deflected wide right. On the ensuing corner, Tiffany Cameron controlled the ball just outside the six yard box but her shot was saved off the line by a Panther defender.
Late in the half, Paige Maxwell had her own series of chances. In the 42nd minute, the sophomore’s header off of a Lauren Beachy corner was deflected off the crossbar by Kephart and Maxwell’s rebound was also deflected high.
After putting the first shot on goal against the Buckeyes this season in the first half, the Panthers would score the first goal on Ohio State in the 56th minute. Pitt freshman Ashley Cuba stole the ball deep in Buckeye territory and beat goalkeeper Lauren Robertson .
However, the scarlet and gray would respond less than three minutes later. After a beautiful through ball from Kayla Eckman, Danielle Scoliere played a cross directly to the head of Maxwell and the sophomore would finish from just outside the six yard box.
The Buckeyes had another opportunity in the 64th minute but Eckman’s strike from the top of the box would deflect off the crossbar.
Cuba would cause more trouble for Ohio State when she put the Panthers ahead 2-1 in the 79th minute on a deflection of a shot by Laura Berbert.
The Buckeyes would have one last chance late but Kephart made a diving save on a shot by Granberg with 32 seconds left to play.
“We were in the right spots to finish,” Walker added. “We hit three posts plus Kephart made multiple saves at the top of the net.”
The Buckeyes out-shot the Panthers for the game 23-9 including 8-2 on goal.
With the loss, Ohio State falls to 1-1-1 on the season and the Panthers improve to 2-0-0.
Next up, the Buckeyes will head out west to take on San Diego at 10:30 p.m. ET Friday.