COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team traveled to Morgantown, W.Va., Sunday for a game against the formidable West Virginia Mountaineers with the end result a scoreless tie after 110 minutes and two overtimes of work. Ohio State is now 1-0-1 on the season and West Virginia, ranked 16th by Soccer America, is 0-0-1.
The game was Ohio State’s second in 48 hours. Friday night the team opened on a positive note with a dominant, 2-0, win over Bowling Green before nearly 900 fans at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State outshot BGSU, 27-3, including 10-0 in shots on goal.
The members of the team knew they would be facing a much different opponent, a much better opponent and on the road, no less, in West Virginia. The Mountaineers are the defending BIG EAST American Division champion and have played in nine consecutive NCAA tournaments. The Buckeyes’ effort was impressive.
“This was a great starting point to have such a game against a quality opponent early on and to perform as well as we did,” Ohio State coach Lori Walker said. “West Virginia has a very solid starting lineup. They are big, strong and fast. I thought we did a tremendous job of coming into their stadium and really playing with our hearts on the field.
“We had a nice game of possession but both teams had their moments in the game. Both back lines played extremely well. Much of the game was played in the midfield and we had our moments where we were dangerous and really competed as a team.”
West Virginia, led by 2008 All-American Carolyn Blank, had 13 shots but none on goal while Ohio State totaled eight shots with two on goal. Blank had four shots, including a header in the second overtime. Ashley Bowyer, Courtney Jenkins and Tiffany Cameron led Ohio State with two shots apiece. Lauren Granberg and Lauren Steuer had the team’s shots on goal.
Each team had four shots at halftime. Bowyer had two headers that sailed high of the goal. Neither goalkeeper – Ohio State’s Lauren Robertson and West Virginia’s Kerri Butler – was forced to make a save in the first 45. There were nine fouls called and Ohio State led in corner kicks, 3-0.
Heading into the first overtime, WVU led in shots, 10-6, and in corners, 4-3. WVU added two more shot attempts in the first OT, but Ohio State’s Steuer had the only shot on goal, this coming inside of two minutes to play.
Courtney Jenkins fired a shot wide in the 105th minute and Blank shot high in the 108th minute for the only attempts in the second overtime period.
So two games into the season, Ohio State is unbeaten at 1-0-1 and will have four days to rest and prepare before hosting Ohio University Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. A game against Pitt Sunday at 1 p.m. will follow.
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