UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State women’s soccer team fell at No. 21 Penn State, 4-0, in its Big Ten opener Friday night at Jeffrey Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 3-4-0 on the year while the Nittany Lions improve to 5-3-0.
– After each team was able to muster just one shot on frame through the first half hour, the Nittany Lions were able to get on the boards in the 32nd minute. Moments after a left-footed shot from 25 yards by Charlotte Williams deflected off the hand of Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr before it caromed off the right post, Kim Dubs gave Penn State the Nittany Lions the 1-0 advantage, finishing inside the left post from eight yards in the center of the box off a cross from Frankie Tagliaferri on the right wing.
– Just more than five minutes later, Dubs played a cross from the right wing to Williams, who headed it home from eight yards in the center of the box to make it 2-0 Penn State.
– With just over five minutes remaining in the half, Alina Ortega-Jurado played a quick free kick from 40 yards to Tagliaferri, who slipped in behind the Buckeye defense for a finish from eight yards to push the Nittany Lion lead to 3-0.
– Less than five minutes into the second half, the Nittany Lions made it 4-0 against the run of play when Kerry Abello beat a Buckeye defender on the left side of the box and finished from six yards despite a deflection from Kerr.
– Ohio State created a pair of quality second-half chances. In the 64th minute, Kayla Fischer slalomed through the Penn State defense and hit a left-footed strike from the top of the box but it was right at Penn State goalkeeper Amanda Dennis. Then, in the 76th minute, Lexxe Lipsey got to the end line on the left wing and played a cross to Eleanor Gabriel, but her shot from eight yards was stopped by substitute goalkeeper Sarafina Valenti.
– Ohio State held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks in the match.
Shots: Penn State 12, Ohio State 4
Saves: Ohio State 4, Penn State 3
Shots on Goal: Penn State 8, Ohio State 3
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 6, Penn State 4
Ohio State travels to Illinois at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 20 and Northwestern at 1 p.m. ET Sept. 23.
Match: Ohio State at No. 21 Penn State
Date: Sept. 14, 2018
Venue: Jeffrey Field – University Park, Pa.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy and 75 degrees
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
PSU 3 1 4
OSU 0 0 0