August 28, 2019

Buckeyes Play to 1-1 Draw at UCF Wednesday Night


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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Ohio State women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw at UCF Wednesday night at UCF Soccer and Track Complex in Orlando. With the draw, the Buckeyes sit at 0-2-1 on the year while the Knights hold a 0-1-1 record.

Ohio State will play its second of four-consecutive games on the road at USF at 6 p.m. Sunday in Tampa.

“This was a really exciting college soccer game,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “There were two quality teams trying to find ways to break each other down with ball movement, circulation of players and just the quality of organization by both teams. I have a ton of respect for what they have done with their program and it was a really enjoyable match to be a part of. We still have more work to do in front of goal but we repeatedly challenged UCF’s goalkeeper who responded with a few game-changing saves.”

– After a left-footed attempt from the top of the 18 by Ariella Pitty narrowly missed wide left less than three minutes in, UCF took the lead in the 12th minute. Kristen Scott played a cross in from the right side of the box to an open Jessica Taylor for the finish from six yards.
– Both teams had opportunities in the middle portion of the first half. Pitty forced a diving save from UCF goalkeeper Caroline DeLisle on a shot from 20 yards in the 22nd minute and the Buckeyes’ Jordan Silkowitz thwarted a UCF chance less than two minutes later when she dove to her right to deflect a Christina Trickett attempt wide.

– The Buckeyes then found the equalizer in the 28th minute. Kayla Fischer played a ball down the right wing to Aliyah El-Naggar, who crossed to Marissa Birzon for a glancing finish inside the far post and a 1-1 contest heading to the half.

– The match opened up immediately after the break. Silkowitz made another incredible stop, this time to her left, on a shot from Taylor in the 49th minute. Five minutes later, Birzon took a shot from the top of the box and it was DeLisle’s turn to make a diving save to her right to keep the contest knotted at 1-1.
– Pitty notched another quality chance in the 70th minute, dribbling around a pair of UCF defenders on the right side of the box before her right-footed shot slid just outside the left post. Then, just before the end of regulation, Trickett hit a right-footed shot from long range that narrowly missed wide left, sending the match into overtime.
– The best chance of the first extra session came less than a minute in when Fischer tried to go near post from a difficult angle on the left side of the box but DeLisle ranged to her right to make the stop.

– The match was delayed 55 minutes by lightning in the Orlando area.
– The assist for El-Naggar was the first of her career.
– Birzon’s goal was her second of the season and sixth of her career.
– The match marked the Buckeyes’ first overtime contest of the season after going 1-1-4 a year ago. Ohio State is 9-3-11 in overtime matches dating back to the 2015 season.

Shots: Ohio State 16, UCF 12
Saves: UCF 6, Ohio State 4
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 7, UCF 5
Corner Kicks: UCF 9, Ohio State 3

Ohio State continues its road trip at USF at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Match: Ohio State at UCF
Aug. 28, 2019
UCF Soccer and Track and Field Complex – Orlando, Fla.
6 p.m. ET
Storms clearing, humid and 88 degrees

Scoring Summary               1            2           OT         2OT        F
UCF                                        1          0           0           0           1
OSU                                        1         0           0           0           1