October 17, 2021

Buckeyes Fall 1-0 in East Lansing


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michigan State (6-6-2, 2-2-2) scored just before the end of the first half to earn a 1-0 win over Ohio State (4-8-1, 0-5-0) Sunday in East Lansing.

The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans 13-11 and were able to put six shots on net but were unable to get the equalizer in the second half.

How it Happened

The teams were scoreless until Michigan State scored on a rebound goal in the 45th minute by Vedad Kovac to send the Spartans into the halftime break up 1-0. Ohio State keeper Noah Lawrence stopped an initial shot by MSU but the rebound crossed the line.

  • Ohio State has been involved in nine games decided by one goal in addition to a double overtime 1-all draw vs. Creighton, a 2-0 win over Cleveland State, the 2-0 loss to Wisconsin and a loss (0-3) at Indiana.
  • MSU led 8-6 in shots at the half, shots on goal and corners were even at 3-all at the break.
  • Noah Lawrence made his fourth start in goal for the Buckeyes this season.
  • Sean Ryan made the start on defense in place of Owen Sullivan, who was out after being issued a red card the last time out vs. Indiana.



  • The Buckeyes are 23-29-3 all-time vs. Michigan State, including a 7-15-2 record in East Lansing.
  • The game vs. Michigan State was played under cloudy skies with temperatures in the low-60s.

 Up Next

The Buckeyes return to Columbus to face Penn State at 7 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State will celebrate senior night with pregame recognitions.