Oct. 15, 2017
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The No. 12 Ohio State women’s soccer team suffered its first defeat in seven matches, a 1-0 setback at No. 24 Rutgers Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 12-3-1 overall, 7-2-0 in the Big Ten, while the Scarlet Knights improve to 10-2-4, 4-2-3 in conference play.
“These were the two best defenses and goalkeepers in the conference battling for 90 minutes,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “Credit to Rutgers for weathering our storm and stealing a win. We’ve been on both sides of that outcome at times this season. I felt we dominated but it went their way today. Our movement in the midfield and up top was dynamic, especially in transition, and I like a lot from our performance. The pain of this loss will ignite us moving forward.”
GABRIEL WITH AN EARLY CHANCE
In a matchup of two of the Top 10 defensive teams nationally, chances were hard to come by early. The Buckeyes’ best chance of the first half came in the 30th minute when Haley Walker-Robinson dribbled in from the top-left corner of the box and found Eleanor Gabriel at the center of the box but the Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy was able to deflect the shot from 12 yards wide to keep the match scoreless.
RUTGERS GETS AN OPPORTUNITY EARLY IN SECOND HALF
In the 58th minute, Rutgers whipped in a free kick from the left wing toward the center of the six-yard box but Nneka Moneme’s header narrowly flew over the crossbar.
LAPLANT GIVES RUTGERS THE LEAD
With less than eight minutes remaining, Ohio State defender Morgan Wolcott broke up a through ball but Rutgers’ Brittany LaPlant was able to gather the loose ball and finish inside the left post from 10 yards to give the Scarlet Knights a lead they would not relinquish.
Shots: Ohio State 9, Rutgers 4
Saves: Rutgers 4, Ohio State 1
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 4, Rutgers 2
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 7, Rutgers 1
– Ohio State’s six-match win streak was snapped against the Scarlet Knights.
– The goal in the 83rd minute snapped Ohio State’s shutout streak at 687:20, marking the longest shutout streak in program history.
Ohio State travels to Minnesota at 7 p.m. ET Friday
Match: No. 12 Ohio State at No. 24 Rutgers
Date: Oct. 15, 2017
Venue: Yurcak Field – Piscataway, N.J.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy and 73 degrees