Oct. 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On a record-setting night for senior forward Tiffany Cameron, the Ohio State women’s soccer team topped No. 17 Michigan, 3-1, Thursday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
“This win definitely boosted our confidence and puts us in a good spot going forward,” Cameron said. “To break the record tonight means a lot but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They have been great and hopefully this is just another feat in a great season for us.”
The record was previously set at 13 by Lara Dickenmann in 2004 and Lisa Collison in 2005.
With the win, Ohio State improves to 11-4-1, 6-2-1 in Big Ten play, while the loss dropped the Wolverines to 13-3-1, 7-1-1 in conference play.
“As the game became more hectic, we found a way to settle down,” head coach Lori Walker said. “We were able to get a goal and fight our way back. As we got ahead and faced a lot of pressure, we were able to calm down. I’m really happy with how we’re playing and the combinations of different players scoring goals and getting assists makes us really difficult to stop.”
The Wolverines had the first good chance of the game in the 13th minute when Shelina Zadorsky almost headed home a Christina Murillo corner but it was saved off the line by Ashley Gruenbaum and cleared out of play.
Michigan then took the 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when Nkem Ezurike finished with a backwards flick over the head of Ohio State goalkeeper Rachel Middleman from eight yards out off a corner.
Cameron tied it for the Buckeyes in the 27th minute, tracking down a long ball from Lauren Granberg and finishing past Michigan goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer to knot the game at 1-1.
Five minutes later, Samantha Lewis gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 advantage when she hammered home a header from six yards off a perfect far post corner from Gruenbaum.
Ohio State took the 2-1 lead into the half as shots were tied 7-7 with Michigan holding a 3-2 advantage on goal over the first 45 minutes.
Things stayed quiet until the 65th minute when Cameron put the Buckeyes up 3-1 with a header from six yards out off a corner from Megan Fuller.
Kristen Niederhaus almost added to the lead in the 71st minute but her shot from the top of the box caromed off the crossbar and out of play.
The Buckeyes were able to control possession the rest of the way and came away with the 3-1 victory.
Michigan held a 21-15 advantage in shots, including 6-4 on goal. Cameron led the Buckeyes with five shots when Jillian McVicker tallied four saves.
The Buckeyes host Michigan State on Senior Day at 1 p.m. Sunday in Columbus.