March 13, 2021

Buckeyes Draw with Nittany Lions 2-2



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State took the lead in the 65th minute but Penn State answered with a goal just two minutes later and neither team was able to net a shot over the final 44 minutes as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions tied 2-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Ohio State is now 2-1-2 on the season and Penn State moves to 4-1-1.

Both Ohio State goals came from junior forward Kayla Fischer. Those were her first two goals of the season and the 10th and 11th of her career.

In goal, Bailey Kolinski made nine saves on the afternoon, giving her 21 on the year.

The Buckeyes opened the scoring early as Marissa Birzon fed a nice ball into the box and it was headed home by Fischer. That came just three minutes into the contest. Fischer was the most active player on the field in the first half. She took four of the seven Buckeye shots. Penn State put six shots on target in the opening 45 minutes and Kolinski was up to the challenge on all six.

As quick as the Buckeyes scored to open the game, Penn State scored just as quick in the second half. Sam Coffey scored just three and a half minutes into the second half to even the score at 1-1.

Fischer then put the Buckeyes ahead in the 65th minute as she finished off a nice play that started again with Birzon. Her pass was headed on by Peyton McNamara and it was put home right in front of the net by Fischer.

The lead was short lived as Penn state’s Ally Schlegel whipped a hard cross into the box and a Buckeye defender knock the ball into the net in an attempted clear. The unfortunate Buckeye bounce even the score at 2-2 and neither team was able to find the game winner the rest of the regulation and both overtime periods.

The Buckeyes now head out on the road for a pair of matches next week. They will play at Purdue on Thursday, March 18 and then at Illinois on Sunday, March 21.