September 26, 2021

Buckeyes Beat No. 12 Penn State 1-0


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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Ohio State senior Izzy Rodriguez scored off a free kick in the 66th minute and the Buckeye defense made it stand up as Ohio State knocked-off No. 12 Penn State 1-0 on a breezy Sunday in State College.

The Buckeyes improve to 7-4-0 overall on the season and 2-1-0 in Big Ten play. The Lady Lions have now lost their third consecutive Big Ten match to start the season and is 6-4-0 overall.

The win was the eighth overall for Ohio State over Penn State and the first since 2017. It was also the first in State College since 2008.

How it Happened

Neither team was able to mount much in the opening half. There was just one shot on goal by PSU and OSU keeper Bailey Kolinski collected the save. The Buckeyes held a 5-4 advantage in shots.

The defenses held the upper hand again in the second half. In the 65th minute, Kine Flotre drew a foul about 10 yards outside of the box. She and Izzy Rodriguez stood over the ball for the ensuing free kick, and it was Rodriguez who stepped up for the strike. And what a strike it was as she buried it in the upper corner of the net. That left-footed boot gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead with 24 minutes to play.

Penn State pushed forward in the wanning moments and Kolinksi and the Buckeye defense was up to the task, securing the rare victory in State College.



  • This is the first win for the Buckeyes at Penn State since winning 1-0 on Oct. 31, 2008.
  • The last win over Penn State was a 1-0 win at home on Sept. 30, 2017.
  • Izzy Rodriguez scores her second goal of the season and the eighth of her career.
  • This was the second shutout of the season for Kolinski and the Buckeye defense.
  • This was just the eighth win all-time for the Buckeyes over Penn State.
  • The Buckeyes have not played in an overtime match through the first 11 matches. This is the longest into a season that the Buckeyes have gone without an overtime affair since playing the first 18 matches of the 2001 season without going into extra time.

Up Next

The Buckeyes return home this week to take on Indiana on Thursday, Sept. 30. The Hoosiers are 8-2-1 on the season and 2-1-0 in Big Ten play, coming off wins over Iowa and Illinois. First touch is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be streamed on B1G+.