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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State defense stood firm and senior goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski earned her third shutout of the season in a 0-0 draw Wednesday night at Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes need every point and this was a critical one as they are now 8-7-2 on the year and 3-4-2 in conference play. Wisconsin stays a point in front of the Buckeyes at 3-3-3 in the conference and is now 8-4-5 overall.
Kolinski stopped six shots on the night to record her eighth career shutout.
How it Happened
Wisconsin held possession most of the evening and produced 20 shots. But the Buckeyes limited the Badgers to just a handful of quality chances. Senior defender Marissa Birzon was questionable coming into the match with an ankle injury and wound-up gutting out 18 minutes. But she came up with one of the bigger plays of the night in her limited minutes as she saved a shot right at the near post off a Wisconsin corner kick.
Kayla Fischer had the best opportunity of the night for the Buckeyes in the 98th minute as she found herself free just inside the top of the box and rifled a shot that was stopped with a sprawling effort by Badger keeper Jordyn Bloomer.
The Buckeye backline of Izzy Rodriguez, Talani Barnett, Kitty Jones-Black and Sydney Jones also deserves credit for a solid match.
The Buckeyes will close the regular season Sunday with a road match at Northwestern. First touch is set for 2 p.m. ET.