October 27, 2019

Buckeyes Suffer 2-1 Heartbreaker at Iowa

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State women’s soccer team battled for all 110 minutes, the team’s fourth overtime contest in the last five matches, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Iowa with seven seconds remaining on Samantha Tawharu’s game-winner Sunday afternoon in Iowa City. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 4-9-4 on the year, 2-5-3 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes improve to 15-3-1, 7-3-1 in conference play.

Ohio State closes the regular season at regular-season champion Wisconsin at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. The Buckeyes will have to win against the Badgers to earn the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament next weekend.

MATCH SUMMARY
– The Buckeyes again came out strong in the first half, totaling five first-half shots on frame to just one for the Hawkeyes. Kayla Fischer tallied three of those shots on goal but the Buckeyes’ best chance of the first 45 came in the 27th minute when Emaly Vatne possessed on the left side of the box and curled a right-footed shot from the top of the 18 that drilled the crossbar before Maddy Lowe’s follow was deflected wide as the match remained scoreless at the break.


– Iowa had its best chance of the contest shortly after halftime in the 53rd minute when Devin Burns tracked down a through ball on the right side of the box and played a right-footed shot off an oncoming Jordan Silkowitz before it was cleared off the line by defender Maggie Samanich.


– The Hawkeyes then took the lead in the 65th minute. Iowa possessed on the right wing off a Buckeye giveaway, eventually finding Gianna Gourley, who finished inside the left post from 10 yards for the 1-0 advantage.
– Fischer was almost able to knot the score in the 76th minute. Meghan Kammerdeiner played a through ball to the foot of the sophomore but an Iowa defender was able to deflect the shot from eight yards at the center of the box over the crossbar.
– Two minutes later, Marike Mousset found the equalizer for the Buckeyes. Fischer played a through ball down the left wing, the senior took two touches inside the box and lofted a left-footed shot from a difficult angle over Iowa goalkeeper Claire Graves to make it a 1-1 contest.


– Each team had a quality chance in the 80th minute. The Buckeyes’ Emma Sears gathered a through ball on the right side of the box but her low right-footed shot from 15 yards narrowly missed wide left. On the other side of the field, Iowa’s Natalie Winters was able to create some space at the top of the box to hit a right-footed shot toward the left post but Silkowitz ranged far to her right to make a diving save to preserve the tie heading into overtime.


– After neither team was able to threaten in the first extra session, the Buckeyes had a chance with less than three minutes remaining. Talani Barnett played a cross in from the left wing to Haley Walker-Robinson at the center of the box but the header sailed just over the crossbar.
– The Hawkeyes then won it with seven seconds left on the clock. Sara Wheaton tracked down a long Iowa corner, played a desperation cross back into the box that took an awkward bounce and was finished inside the left post by Tawharu from 10 yards out.

MATCH NOTES
– Mousset played the full match once again and has played all 1,630 minutes this season.
– Mousset’s goal was her first of the season and second of her career.
– Fischer’s assist was her team-high fourth of the year. The sophomore has recorded a team-high 12 points.
– Silkowitz made six saves in 65 minutes of play.
– The match was the Buckeyes’ fourth overtime contest in the last five matches.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
Shots: Iowa 25, Ohio State 17
Saves: Ohio State 7, Iowa 6
Shots on Goal: Iowa 10, Ohio State 7
Corner Kicks: Iowa 11, Ohio State 4

UP NEXT
Ohio State closes the regular season at regular-season champion Wisconsin at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. The Buckeyes will have to win against the Badgers to earn the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament next weekend.

Match: Ohio State at Iowa
Date: 
Oct. 27, 2019
Venue: 
Iowa Soccer Complex
Kickoff: 
2 p.m. ET
Attendance:
551
Weather: 
Mostly sunny and 48 degrees

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