October 13, 2019

Ohio State Drops 3-1 Decision to No. 16 Stanford


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Corinne Zanolli scored all three Stanford goals as the No. 16 Cardinal defeated No. 18 Ohio State on Sunday, 3-1, in the fourth and final game of the Buckeye Invitational. Ohio State falls to 6-6 overall while Stanford is 9-5.

“Credit to Stanford and their performance today,” said head coach Jarred Martin.  “They played well, had good structure, and were the aggressor for most of the game.  We knew their strengths, one of them being their corner set up and we didn’t do enough to limit their corners, nor defend them as well as we could.

This was a tough weekend result wise, but we played two very good opponents.  Both games this weekend showed us things about ourselves to help make us better and we need to own these lessons and adjust starting at practice this week.

We have two important conference games next weekend with Rutgers and Maryland coming in town.  We get back at it Tuesday and need to bring everything we have to each session with effort and focus.  The team needs to continue to find ways to maintain our standard and compete as hard as possible.”

Zanolli, one of the nation’s leading scorers who came into the weekend ranked second nationally with 1.25 goals per game, scored all three of her tallies on penalty corners. The first one came five minutes into the second quarter off assists from Megan Frost and Sarah Johnson. The second occurred in the 54th minute and the third was just one minute later to give Stanford a 3-0 lead with four minutes remaining.

Ohio State, which was facing its second nationally-ranked team in a 48-hour span, limited Stanford to just four first-half shots. The Buckeyes’ goal came on a rebound from Emma Goldean at the end of regulation following a penalty corner. It was Goldean’s first goal of the season and the third of her career.

Stanford outshot Ohio State by a slim 13-12 margin with 12 total shots among the teams coming in the fourth quarter. Stanford had a 6-5 edge in penalty corners and its goalie, Kelsey Bing, made five saves. Her counterpart with Ohio State, Aaliyah Hernandez, stopped three shots.

The game against the Cardinal was the seventh this year for Ohio State against a ranked team. It has two more games against Top 25 teams still remaining, both which occur this coming weekend at home: Friday vs. No. 19 Rutgers and Sunday vs. No. 2 Maryland.

Stanford’s win wrapped up the four-game weekend Buckeye Invitational. Earlier on Sunday, No. 11 Michigan used a four-goal fourth quarter spurt to defeat Ball State, 6-0. On Saturday, Zanolli scored three goals in a 5-0 win for Stanford over Ball State. The invitational kicked off on Friday afternoon with Michigan’s 2-1 overtime win over Ohio State.

Both of Ohio State’s games next weekend, which will be their final two home contests of the 2019 season, can be seen live. The Friday game vs. Rutgers (3 p.m.) will be on BTN Plus (subscription required) while the Sunday contest vs. Maryland (noon) will air live on BTN.