September 6, 2019

Buckeyes Drop Hard-Fought 1-0 Loss at No. 13 Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Ohio State women’s soccer team suffered a hard-fought 1-0 loss to No. 13 Texas A&M in front of 3,048 fans Friday night at Ellis Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 0-3-1 on the year while the Aggies improve to 4-0-1.

Ohio State closes its road swing when it takes on TCU at 8 p.m. ET Sunday in Fort Worth.

QUOTE FROM THE COACH
“I’m really proud of the effort of our team and commitment to the entire game,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “We knew the game would come down to one mistake or set piece. The environment for women’s college soccer was tremendous. The fans we interacted with were super classy and it proved to be a high-level match. We need to stay the course and the goals will come. We believe we gave Texas A&M everything they could handle.”

MATCH SUMMARY
– The Buckeyes had a pair of early chances in an evenly-contested first 45 minutes. Less than nine minutes in, Maddy Lowe, making her first appearance of the season, took a shot from the top of the box that just sailed wide of the upper-right corner. A minute later, Meghan Kammerdeiner, starting her first match of the year, hit a low strike toward the left post, forcing a diving stop by Texas A&M goalkeeper Shantel Hutton.
– In the 26th minute, the Aggies’ Rheagen Smith broke free in the box but Ohio State goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz lunged to her left to make a diving save on the left-footed shot from 10 yards as the match headed to halftime scoreless.
– After the break, Texas A&M took the lead in the 58th minute. The Aggies earned a free kick just outside the box and Jimena Lopez curled a left-footed shot over the wall and just inside the right post past a diving Silkowitz for the 1-0 advantage.
– However, Ohio State had the better run of play the rest of the way. In the 71st minute, an Izzy Rodriguez corner from the right wing found Olivia Petit at the far post but Hutton was there to make the stop. In the 75th minute, Kayla Fischer broke free down the left wing and lofted a shot from 15 yards that beat Hutton but caromed off the top of the crossbar.

– A minute later, the Buckeye chances continued when Olivia Petit played a perfect corner from the left wing to the head of Talani Barnett at the far post but Hutton reached up to pluck another potential Ohio State goal before it hit the back of the net. Then in the 81st minute, Petit drilled a right-footed laser from 22 yards that Hutton was able to deflect off the underside of the woodwork before gathering. Rodriguez’s last-chance effort from 20 yards in the final three minutes narrowly missed wide left as the Aggies hung on for the 1-0 win.

MATCH NOTES
– Maddy Lowe earned the start, making her first appearance of the season after returning from a season-ending injury in 2018.
– Freshman Aliyah El-Naggar made her first-career start and Kammerdeiner recorded her first start of the season.
– The Buckeyes’ 19 shots and eight corner kicks each marked a season high.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
Shots: Ohio State 19, Texas A&M 16
Saves: Texas A&M 4, Ohio State 4
Shots on Goal: Texas A&M 5, Ohio State 4
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 8, Texas A&M 3

UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to Fort Worth to take on TCU at 8 p.m. ET Sunday.

Match: Ohio State at No. 13 Texas A&M
Date: 
Sept. 6, 2019
Venue: 
Ellis Field – College Station, Texas
Kickoff: 
9 p.m. ET
Attendance:
3,048
Weather: 
Clear and 96 degrees

Scoring Summary               1            2          F
TAMU                                    0          1         1
OSU                                        0         0         0