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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (5-2) fell to Penn State (4-1-1) in overtime Saturday, 2-1, with the Buckeyes’ lone goal coming from sophomore Xavier Green, the first of his career, in the 64th minute of play.
- The match opened with two quick Penn State shots before the Buckeyes took over as usual, rattling off two quick shots in the 10th and 11th minute, testing the defense.
- In the 12th minute, Jake Scheper made a good attempt in front of the goal but was denied by the Penn State keeper. Holland followed up less than a minute later with another good opportunity but also could not get past the defense.
- The Buckeyes mustered six shots to four in the first half but neither side could break through before the intermission.
- Coming out of the break, the Buckeyes had five shots in the first eight minutes before the Nittany Lions made a break and scored in the 56th minute to go up 1-0.
- Shortly after, in the 61st minute Devyn Etling hit a rocket that careened off the right post back to Xavier Green who put a shot in but could not get past the keeper.
- Ohio State did not have to wait much longer, as in the 64th minute, Scheper settled a pass in the center of the pitch, slid it to Green who connected on a bending shot from the left side that snuck in the top right corner to knot the game up at one.
- Each team traded shots late into the second half, the Buckeyes creating really good opportunities that just would not go in before the buzzer sounded to take the game to extra time.
- Penn State controlled the ball from the start of overtime and after two shots, connected on their third in the 97th minute to win the match, 2-1.
- Sophomore Xavier Green scored the first goal of his career.
- Ohio State has had double digit shot totals in five of their seven games, with 16 tonight.
Shots: Ohio State 16, Penn State 12
Saves: Ohio State 5, Penn State 3
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 6, Penn State 5
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 4, Penn State 4
The Buckeyes suit up at home to play a big non-conference game versus No. 20 West Virginia on Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 7 p.m.