Sept. 16, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tiffany Cameron’s goal in the 99th minute gave the Ohio State women’s soccer team its sixth-consecutive win, 2-1, over Minnesota Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-2-0 while the Golden Gophers fall to 5-3-0.
Cameron finished from inside the six yard box off an excellent corner by Megan Scoliere and ensuing pass from Kristen Niederhaus. The senior from Mississauga, Ontario, has now scored in the Buckeyes’ last six contests and leads Ohio State with seven goals on the season.
“Any time your team plays poorly and finds a way to win, it shows tremendous character,” head coach Lori Walker said. “We kept fighting and trying to do the little things better and we dug ourselves out of a pretty big hole. “
In a first half mostly controlled by Minnesota, the Golden Gophers struck first on a goal by Katie Thyken in the 11th minute. Taylor Uhl received a through ball from Nicole Baier and played a perfect ball far post to Thyken who finished beat Ohio State goalkeeper Rachel Middleman from 10 yards. The goal ended a scoreless streak of 462 minutes for the Buckeyes.
Minnesota tallied the only other quality chance of the first half, but Middleman was able to make a diving save on a shot from eight yards out by Taylor Wodnick as the Golden Gophers took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Minnesota held an 8-1 lead in shots over the first 45 minutes, including a 4-0 advantage in shots on frame.
The Buckeyes came out strong in the second half, with multiple chances late until Marisa Wolf finished from inside the six yard box to tie it at 1-1 off a free kick from 40 yards by Kendyl Reed.
The Golden Gophers came right back a minute later with a shot from the top of the box by Haley Helverson but Ohio State goalkeeper Jillian McVicker was able to make the diving save to keep the game tied. The next time down the field, Wolf had another chance off a loose ball in the box, but Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill was able to make the save on her shot from 10 yards.
Minnesota almost won it less than three minutes into overtime but a shot by Uhl from eight yards was saved off the line by Ohio State defender Kendyl Reed. A minute later, the Buckeyes had a chance of their own when Wolf tracked down a long ball just inside the box but her volley sailed high.
For the game, the Golden Gophers held an 18-11 advantage in shots, including 9-6 on goal, but the Buckeyes were able to come away with the victory on Cameron’s fifth game-winner of the season.
“Tiffany has been through a lot and is playing with a lot of confidence,” Walker added. “She’s a senior and she believes in herself and doesn’t get caught up in a lot of the things younger players do. It was a big game-winner for us but a lot of credit goes out to Megan Scoliere for providing a spark as a substitute and playing a great ball that led to with Tiffany’s goal.”
Lauren Granberg led the Buckeyes with four shots while McVicker tallied a team-high four saves.
Up next, the Buckeyes hit the road to take on Illinois Sept. 21 and Northwestern Sept. 23.