August 31, 2018

Looking Back on a Record-Setting Night for the Buckeyes vs. Morehead State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team found their home confines of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to be quite friendly Thursday night in an 8-0 win over Morehead State.

Emaly Vatne notched a hat trick and Alyssa Baumbick scored twice as the Buckeyes improve to 2-2-0 on the year. Vatne’s hat trick was the 15th overall, and third by a freshman, in Ohio State history, and the Buckeyes tied for the third-most goals in a single game in program history.

The Buckeyes, who held a 37-0 advantage in shots, including 20-0 on goal, reached the 30-shot plateau for the first time since a 1-0 win over Ohio Sept. 11, 2011, and matched their total of eight goals set in an 8-1 win over Xavier Sept. 2, 2004. The highest scoring outputs in Ohio State history:
14 vs. Rovert Morris (10/12/95)
9 at Valparaiso (11/2/96)
8 vs. Xavier (9/2/04)
8 vs. Morehead State (8/30/18)
7 vs. Youngstown State (9/21/03)
7 vs. Illinois (9/14/17)

Take a look back at the eight times the Buckeyes found the back of the net Thursday night:

The Buckeyes got on the board in the 23rd minute when Eleanor Gabriel found Talani Barnett for her first career goal, a finish inside the right post from eight yards past Morehead State goalkeeper Eva Helgadottir.

Just over a minute later, Barnett got to the end line on the right wing and played a cross to Kayla Fischer, who headed it home from inside the six-yard box for a 2-0 Ohio State advantage.

With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Blair Cowan threaded a through ball to Vatne, who scored her first career goal on a finish inside the left post from 10 yards on the right wing.

In the 53rd minute, Arden Holden played a corner from the right wing to Baumbick, who placed a volley inside the right post from eight yards for the 4-0 advantage.

Five minutes later, Marike Mousset got to the end line on the left wing and played a cross to Marissa Birzon, who finished from six yards to push the Buckeye lead to 5-0.

In the 64th minute, Ohio State made it 6-0 when Barnett had a perfect flick from a Vatne corner on the left wing and Baumbick was there to finish it from six yards.

Less than four minutes later, Vatne scored her second of the night when Cowan played another through ball down the middle of the Eagle defense and the freshman finished inside the left post from 10 yards.

Vatne then made it a hat trick in the 73rd minute when Brianna Gazmarian found her on the left side of the box and Vatne flicked it over Morehead State substitute goalkeeper Michelle Washburn to make it 8-0.

The Buckeyes will look to make it three in a row when the travel to Notre Dame for a 1 p.m. match Sunday in South Bend.