October 20, 2019

Buckeyes Play to Scoreless Draw against Illinois


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team battled to a scoreless draw against Illinois Sunday afternoon at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes now sit at 4-8-4 overall, 2-4-3 in the Big Ten, while the Illini stand at 8-7-1, 2-6-1 in conference play.

Ohio State gets back on the road when it travels to Iowa at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.

“I’m really proud of our team,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “Overtime on a Sunday is difficult to endure. We managed to get a point out of this game and were able to record the shutout so I’m proud of them for that. Scoring goals is a hard part of this game. We’ve worked on our movements and how to attack. We certainly got to the end line a lot but we have to do a better job with our finishing.”

– In a first half controlled by the Buckeyes, Ohio State had the best of the chances. In the 15th minute, Haley Walker-Robinson possessed after a Buckeye corner and ripped a volley from 10 yards but Illinois goalkeeper Jaelyn Cunningham made the sliding stop.
– In the 27th minute, Olivia Petit gathered and lofted a right-footed shot from 25 yards that drilled the crossbar before it was cleared away. Six minutes later, Emaly Vatne earned a Buckeye penalty kick but Cunningham ranged far to her right to deflect Izzy Rodriguez’s left-footed shot wide.

– Late in the half, a through ball split the Buckeye defense but Ohio State goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski came out to deflect Summer Garrison’s shot from point-blank range wide as the match headed into the break scoreless.

– Illinois had its best chance of the contest just after halftime when a corner found Eileen Murphy at the far post but her header from inside the six-yard box was cleared off the line by Rodriguez.

– Just after that Illini opportunity, Rodriguez played a free kick from the right wing to Olivia Petit but Cunningham was there to make the save on her header.
– Things stayed quiet through the end of regulation but Ohio State had another golden opportunity midway through the first overtime. Rodriguez’s corner from the right wing found Petit at the far post but the header narrowly missed wide left.

– Ohio State then had two chances early in the second overtime. Less than one minute in, Emaly Vatne laid a pass off to Petit at the top of the box but her right-footed shot from 15 yards flew wide right. A minute later, Petit made a streaking run down the middle of the field and found Emma Sears on the left side of the box but the shot from 12 yards was saved by Cunningham.
– In the final two minutes of the contest, a Katelynn Buescher corner from the left wing found Makena Silber for a glancing header which was cleared off the line again by Rodriguez to preserve, the scoreless draw.

– Izzy Rodriguez played the full match once again, extending her team-best consecutive minutes played streak to 3,003. Both Rodriguez and senior Marike Mousset have played every minute of the season so far.
– Kolinski and Jordan Silkowitz again combined for a clean sheet, the Buckeyes’ fifth of the season.
– The match was the Buckeyes’ third overtime contest in the last four matches.

Shots: Ohio State 16, Illinois 16
Saves: Ohio State 5, Illinois 5
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 5, Illinois 5
Corner Kicks: Illinois 15, Ohio State 10

Ohio State travels to Iowa at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Match: Illinois at Ohio State
Oct. 20, 2019
Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
2 p.m. ET
Sunny and 69 degrees

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