COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team advanced on penalty kicks, 4-2, over Dayton Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Moving on after playing to a scoreless draw, No. 3 seed Ohio State advances to the NCAA round of 16 to play No. 2 seed Virginia next weekend.
After both teams made each of their first two penalty kicks and Colleen Brady tacked on a third for the Buckeyes, Nicole Peterson missed wide right for the Flyers. Courtney Jenkins stepped up and hit the fourth for Ohio State and Katie Baumgardner made the diving save on Juliana Libertin’s penalty kick to give the Buckeyes the win.
“I can’t think of a better group of players to be here with,” head coach Lori Walker said. “They have worked their tails off training this season and today they stepped up and did a great job. Dayton is an outstanding program and I give credit to them because they played a heck of a match.”
The Buckeyes recorded their first solid chance of the game in the 30th minute when Tiffany Cameron reached the end line and dribbled around a pair of Dayton defenders but Lauren Granberg was unable to connect on the other end as her shot missed wide of the far post.
Five minutes, later, Granberg had another chance but her header from inside the six-yard box off a perfect cross from Liz Sullivan was right at Dayton goalkeeper Lisa Rodgers as the teams went into the half scoreless.
Ohio State held an 8-3 advantage in shots in the first half including 3-1 on goal. The Buckeyes also recorded four corner kicks to zero for the Flyers.
After the teams went back and forth for the first 20 minutes of the second half, Paige Maxwell drilled a header from inside the six-yard box off a corner from Jenkins but Rodgers came up big once again, making the save off the end line.
In the 77th, Kristen Niederhaus played a perfect cross far post to Cameron who headed it back across the goal where it deflected off the far post and into the arms of Rodgers.
The Buckeyes held a 19-7 shot advantage in regulation including 6-2 on goal. Ohio State also recorded nine corners to just two for Dayton.
With just under two minutes remaining in the first overtime, Aly Walker took a shot off a corner that was blocked by a Dayton defender and, after a scramble, Danica Wu had a shot from the edge of the six-yard box but Rodgers made another incredible diving save. The two teams played even through the second overtime period to move to the shootout.
For the game, Ohio State outshot the Flyers 24-7 including 7-2 on goal. The Buckeyes also held a 10-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Ohio State moves to 4-0-2 in overtime games this season and advances to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 2004 and just the second time in program history.