October 17, 2019

Buckeyes Tie Northwestern, 1-1


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team earned a 1-1 draw against Northwestern Thursday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes now sit at 4-8-3 overall, 2-4-2 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats stand at 5-7-3, 3-3-2 in conference play.

Ohio State closes its home schedule against Illinois at 2 p.m. Sunday.

“I thought the first 45 minutes was some of the best soccer we’ve played all year,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “We had good rhythm. We had good tempo. We were crisp and we were defending really well as a unit. I was happy with what we did in the first half but, unfortunately the game is 90 minutes and we have to replicate that in the second half.”

– The Buckeyes controlled the run of play in the first 45 minutes, tallying multiple quality chances. Less than five minutes in, Blair Cowan ripped a shot from 20 yards but Northwestern goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood slid to her left to make the diving stop.
– In the 19th minute, Marissa Birzon fed Cowan at the center of the box but the sophomore’s left-footed curling shot from 12 yards caromed off the left post and was cleared away.

– Ohio State took the lead in the 31st. Olivia Petit made a streaking run down the middle of the field and laid it off to Maddy Lowe on the left side of the box and the redshirt sophomore finished from eight yards off a Northwestern defender as the Buckeyes took the 1-0 lead.

– The Wildcats then had the wind at their backs in the second half, earning their best chances of the contest. After a trio of Northwestern corners were cleared by the Buckeyes early in the half, the Wildcats knotted the score at 1-1 in the 73rd minute. Marianna Annest placed a left-footed strike from 20 yards off the outstretched hands of a diving Jordan Silkowitz and inside the left post off assists from Taylor Hallman and Mikayla Hampton to tie it at 1-1.
– Ohio State had a pair of quality chances in the first three minutes of overtime. In the 92nd minute, a loose ball bounced to the foot of Meghan Kammerdeiner, but her volley from 10 yards flew high. A minute later, Birzon possessed with her back to goal and laid it off the Lowe but her right-footed shot from 12 yards missed wide left.
– Northwestern had its best chance of the opening overtime with less than a minute left. After Silkowitz had just made a save on a Lily Gilbertson strike, the redshirt freshman came up big to deny Gilbertson again. A loose ball fell to the foot of the Wildcat but Silkowitz ranged to her right to make the diving stop on the left-footed volley from 10 yards.

– Neither team mustered much in the second extra session until the final minute when the Wildcats’ Aurea Martin hit a low strike from 12 yards but Silkowitz again was there to make a kick save to preserve the 1-1 draw.

– Izzy Rodriguez played the full match once again, extending her team-best consecutive minutes played streak to 2,893. Both Rodriguez and senior Marike Mousset have played every minute of the season so far.
– Cowan made her first start of the season and second of her career.
– Lowe’s goal was the first of her career.
– Silkowitz finished one save shy of her career high with six.

Shots: Northwestern 21, Ohio State 15
Saves: Ohio State 6, Northwestern 3
Shots on Goal: Northwestern 7, Ohio State 4
Corner Kicks: Northwestern 12, Ohio State 6

Ohio State closes its home schedule against Illinois at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Match: Northwestern at Ohio State
Oct. 17, 2019
Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
7 p.m. ET
Breezy and 51 degrees

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