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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State put forth a gritty, short-handed effort on Sunday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in West Lafayette, but a 57th minute goal by Purdue was the difference in a 1-0 Boilermaker victory.
The Buckeyes are 9-8-2 on the season while Purdue advances to the semifinals to face Michigan.
Senior goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski was great in goal today, making nine stops. That was one off her season high. Freshman Kailyn Dudukovich was dangerous up top and produced a number of good chances, including a couple that hit the crossbar.
How it Happened
The first half was an entertaining scoreless 45 minutes. Bailey Kolinski made six saves in the first half and got help from Brittany Duncan and Emaly Vatne, saving balls off the line on corner kicks. Kailyn Dudukovich had a pair of shots that just missed high, and Christin Baumbick scored but was a step offsides. All that happened and it was 0-0 at the break.
Purdue finally got on the board in the 57th minute as Sarah Griffith finished a bit of scramble in front of the net, to put the Boilermakers up 1-0. Despite a strong effort over the final 15 minutes by the Buckeyes, that goal proved to be the game-winner.
Ohio State will wait and see if they earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes were 38 last week in the RPI and 41 this week. The NCAA Selection Show will take place on Monday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m.