September 22, 2019

Buckeyes’ Win Streak Comes to a Close with 2-1 Loss to Michigan


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to Michigan, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 3-5-1 overall, 1-1-0 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines improve to 7-2-0, 2-0-0 in conference play.

Ohio State looks to get back on track when it takes on Wisconsin at 6 p.m. ET Friday in Madison.

“I thought we were fantastic in the first half,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach said. “We had the ball. We created opportunities. Then in the second half, we just kept giving the ball away and you can’t keep giving the ball to a team that loves to possess. We had to continue to chase because we weren’t able to control possession. We just have to clean some things up, play faster and communicate better.”

– Ohio State saw the better of the run of play in a physical first half. After early chances from Kayla Fischer and Maddy Lowe sailed into the arms of Michigan goalkeeper Hillary Beall, Marissa Birzon gave the Buckeyes the lead in the 24th minute. Shots from Alyssa Baumbick and Meghan Kammerdeiner resulted in a scramble in the box and the junior had an open look at goal from six yards for the 1-0 advantage.

– However, 22 seconds later, Michigan answered back when Nicki Hernandez was taken down inside the box and converted the penalty kick inside the left post to knot the score at 1-1.
– Ohio State had another chance to try to take the lead in the waning seconds of the half but Emaly Vatne’s left-footed try from eight yards on the right side of the box just flew wide of the top left corner as the teams headed into the break tied at 1-1.

– Michigan then opened the second half with a goal less than four minutes in to take the 2-1 lead. A free kick was played in from the left wing, eventually falling to the foot of Sarah Stratagakis, who finished inside the left post from 10 yards.
– Fischer then had consecutive chances in the final half hour but was unable to find the back of the net. The sophomore chased down a long ball but Beall came out to pick the volley off her foot in the 63rd minute before she gathered on the right wing, cut inside and curled a shot from the top right side of the box just outside the left post in the 67th minute.

– Jordan Silkowitz kept it a one-goal game with a huge save in the 81st minute. Kierra Krawec gathered a cross from the left wing, turned and fired a shot from eight yards toward the left post but the redshirt freshman ranged to her right to make the diving stop.

– The Buckeyes last chance came with less than seven minutes left to play when Blair Cowan played a cross in from the end line on the left side of the box toward Fischer, but Fischer’s right-footed toe poke from six yards was blocked by a Michigan defender and cleared away.

– Birzon’s goal tied Fischer for the team lead with four goals this season. The junior now has eight for her career.
– Izzy Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes once again, extending her team-best consecutive minutes played streak to 2,323. Both Rodriguez and senior Marike Mousset have played every minute of the season so far.

Shots: Ohio State 20, Michigan 11
Saves: Michigan 5, Ohio State 3
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 6, Michigan 5
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 6, Michigan 4

Ohio State travels to Wisconsin at 6 p.m. ET Friday before a 2 p.m. ET match at Minnesota Sunday.

Match: Michigan at Ohio State
Sept. 22, 2019
Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
2 p.m. ET
Sunny and 86 degrees

Scoring Summary               1            2          F
OSU                                        1         0         1
MICH                                      1         1         2