STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Hofstra got a second-half goal by Adel Malone and, by limiting Ohio State to just one shot on goal in the second half, defeated the Buckeyes, 1-0, in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at Jeffrey Field in State College, Pa.
The loss ends Ohio State’s season with a 12-10-1 record. Hofstra, 18-3-0, advances to play Penn State in a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Jeffrey Field.
Hofstra goalkeeper Krystal Robens stopped all three Ohio State shots on goal to record her school-record seventh-consecutive shutout and 12th of the season. The Pride out-shot Ohio State, 17-11, with seven shots on goal. Ohio State keeper Lauren Robertson stopped six of the seven and made some spectacular saves to keep the Buckeyes in the contest.
The first half featured blowing snow, wind chills in the 20s and no score. Both teams, who have never met, were feeling their way through much of the half. The time that each spent on the attack was about even with Ohio State sending seven shots toward the Hofstra goal and Hofstra recording six shots. Ohio State had two shots on goal as compared to three for the Pride.
Hofstra had a golden opportunity to score eight minutes into the game, but Lauren Robertson made a diving save off a point-blank blast by Edel Malone from 10 yards out and directly in front the goal.
“Lauren Robertson was awesome, as she has been all year for us,” Lori Walker, Ohio State coach, said of her sophomore goalkeeper.
Otherwise, it was a half of each team denying the other. Ohio State’s Lauren Beachy, one of three freshmen named Lauren starting at defender this team, like Ohio State football, has a “D” that is led by “Lauren-itis” made a nice defensive play by intercepting a pass in the box with 11 minutes to play in the half that could have resulted in a one vs. one against Robertson had the pass snuck through.
Defender Lauren Hallauer made a solid defensive play moments later when she leveraged a Hofstra player off the ball deep in the Ohio State end and to Robertson’s left with 8:30 to play. Robertson ended up making an easy save off a Hofstra shot shortly thereafter.
Ohio State’s Lara Dickenmann was using her speed effectively and finding lots of room to roam but she was not able to add to her team-high eight assists this season or her school record total of 35 career assists. .
Hofstra struck first, at the 37:31 mark of the second half, to take a 1-0 lead. Malone drove home a goal from about 15-yards off a beautiful left-to-right pass from Kayla Pifer. It was this combo that performed the give-and-go in the first half that Robertson had to make the spectacular save on
Hofstra nearly scored three minutes later, but Robertson made another save from point-blank range off a Jess Crenshaw drive. She then made an even more spectacular save from the ground off the rebound attempt by DeRosa.
Hofstra, playing energized and completely recharged with the lead, kept the pressure on. A header by Liz Guize, off a DeRosa cross, was just high with 21:30 to play.
Then the game hit the 20 minute mark. It is important to note because Hofstra came into the game 141-0-5 since the 1995 season when leading in the last 20 minutes. Ohio State would have to overcome years of Hofstra success to have any hopes of advancing to the second round.
The Buckeyes would not be able to do it. Hofstra withstood the remaining attacks by Ohio State to post its first-ever NCAA Tournament win in its second all-time appearance.
So the season ends for six Ohio State seniors: tri-captains Amanda Ball, Lara Dickenmann and Keiana Mitchell, and Carla Arbulu, Kate Linehan and Alyx Portier. It was this class that was part of Ohio State’s last NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. They deserve credit for a job well done in 2007 as they lead the team back to the Big Ten Tournament championship game and back to the NCAA Tournament.
Now it’s up to three juniors and 22 freshmen and sophomores to remember the thrill of the NCAA Tournament and to bring the Buckeyes back in 2008.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
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HOFSTRA vs Ohio State (Nov 16, 2007 at University Park, Pa.)
HOFSTRA (18-3-0) vs. Ohio State (12-10-1)
Date: Nov 16, 2007 Attendance: 655
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
HOFSTRA…………. 0 1 – 1
Ohio State………. 0 0 – 0
1. 52:38 HOFSTRA Malone, Edel (8) (Pifer, Kayla)
Shots: HOFSTRA 17, Ohio State 11
Saves: HOFSTRA 3 (Robens, Krystal 3), Ohio State 6 (Robertson, Lauren 5; TEAM 1)