September 29, 2019

Buckeyes Drop 1-0 Decision at Minnesota


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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Ohio State women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Minnesota at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on a rainy and windy Sunday in the Twin Cities. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 3-6-1 overall, 1-2-0 in the Big Ten, while the Golden Gophers improve to 2-8-2, 1-3-0 in conference play.

Ohio State looks to get back on track when it hosts Maryland at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Hats off to Minnesota,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “They have turned around the pain and suffering they’ve experienced to grind out a great win at home tonight. We looked like the team that had played on Friday. We were flat and have to learn from this, forget about it and move forward because that’s not who we’ve been all year. The best performance of the night was from Jordan Silkowitz in goal.”

– After the Buckeyes’ Kayla Fischer had an early chance in the eighth minute on a shot from 20 yards on the right wing fly into the arms of Minnesota goalkeeper Maddie Nielsen, the Golden Gophers took the lead in the 16th minute. Minnesota’s Patricia Ward broke free down the right wing and played a cross to an open Athena Kuehn, who finished past Buckeye goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski for the 1-0 advantage.
– Ohio State’s best chance the rest of the half also came from Fischer in the 31st minute. The sophomore gathered on the left wing, cut in and hit a right-footed shot from the top of the 18 that narrowly missed the top-left corner as Minnesota took the 1-0 lead into the break.
– After Silkowitz came on for Kolinski after halftime, the redshirt freshman was immediately called into action, making a huge save in the 51st minute. Ward tracked down a long ball for the Golden Gophers and Silkowitz came out to make a diving save on the shot from 12 yards. Ward was able to get her foot on the rebound but that caromed off the right post and out of play.

– In the 73rd minute, Silkowitz made another brilliant save to keep it a 1-0 contest when Megan Gray took a chance from long range, forcing Silkowitz to dive far to her right to deflect the shot wide.

– With less than two minutes remaining, Fischer went down in the box but no call was made as the Golden Gophers cleared the ball and came away with the victory.

– Maggie Samanich played 16 minutes in her first action of the season.
– Izzy Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes once again, extending her team-best consecutive minutes played streak to 2,403. Both Rodriguez and senior Marike Mousset have played every minute of the season so far.
– Silkowitz finished the contest with four saves.

Shots: Minnesota 24, Ohio State 5
Saves: Ohio State 8, Minnesota 2
Shots on Goal: Minnesota 9, Ohio State 2
Corner Kicks: Minnesota 5, Ohio State 3

Ohio State returns home to face Maryland at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Match: Ohio State at Minnesota
Sept. 29, 2019
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
2 p.m. ET
Off and on rain and 54 degrees

Scoring Summary               1            2          F
MINN                                     1          0        1
OSU                                        0         0         0