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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sometimes, the beautiful game can be cruel. Ohio State dominated the final 45 minutes of regulation and looked to be the more fit side heading into overtime, but No. 19 Purdue scored just 34 seconds into the extra session and snuck out of town with a 1-0 victory.
The loss drops the Buckeyes to 2-4-1 in Big Ten play and 7-7-1 on the season. Purdue stays in the running for the top spot in the league with the win, improving to 6-1-0 and 11-2-2 overall.
The Buckeyes attempted 21 shots on the night compared to just nine for Purdue. Ohio State also earned eight corner kicks and allowed just one. But Purdue led at the end of the night in the only stat that matters.
Junior Kitty Jones-Black played one of her better matches of the season. She made a couple of nice runs out of the midfield in the second half and had the Buckeyes best two chances on net. Brittany Duncan also played well in the midfield and sophomore Ari Pitty made her first start in over two years, produced a couple of scoring chances.
How it Happened
Neither team was able to net a shot in the opening half. The Buckeyes took six shots and four of which were on target. In the second half, the Buckeyes were the more aggressive side, outshooting Purdue 15-3 in the second 45 minutes. Yet, the match remained scoreless through 90 minutes.
Just 34 seconds into overtime, Purdue’s Teagan Jones lofted a cross into the box. Buckeye keeper Bailey Kolinski leaped and tipped the ball off its trajectory but unfortunately it went right to the foot of Big Ten goal leader Sarah Griffith on the back post and she tapped-home the game-winner. It was Griffith’s lone shot of the night.
The Buckeyes will host rival Michigan on Sunday in their final regular season home match. The match is set for a 2 p.m. first touch and BTN will have the television coverage. Michigan scored early in the second half to take down Michigan State 1-0 on Thursday evening in Ann Arbor.