COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a matchup of two top-15 ranked teams, No. 8 Louisville scored twice during a two-minute span in the second half to come away with a 2-1 victory over No. 12 Ohio State on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field.
The first quarter was a slow start for both teams, as neither could find a clear shot. In the second quarter, Mackenzie Allessie was able to put the Buckeyes on the board with a successful penalty stroke. It was Allessie’s third goal of the weekend following her two-goal, two-assist performance on Friday.
The Buckeyes had the lead entering the second half until Bethany Russ of the Cardinals fired a shot in off of a penalty corner in the 44th minute. Russ was assisted on the goal by Meghan Schneider and Alli Bitting.
One minute into the fourth quarter, Madison Walsh secured a goal with another assist by Schneider to give Louisville a 2-1 lead. The shot was into the lower right corner by Schneider and redirected by Walsh.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes elected to take out goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez in favor of a field player. This offensive advantage saw an increase in momentum and urgency for Ohio State, but the Buckeyes were not awarded any corners and couldn’t find a scoring opportunity.
Ohio State took a total of six shots throughout the game while the Cardinals had 10. Esther Clotet Alsina, Allesie and Sarah Charley all took shots for the Scarlet and Gray today. Of the six total shots, four were on goal. Both teams’ goalkeepers had three saves.
Although she didn’t see any shots in today’s game, junior captain Nikki Trzaska still paces the team with six goals followed by Allessie and Clotet Alsina with five. Allessie leads the Buckeyes in both points (14) and assists (four).
Ohio State is 4-2 overall on the season with both of those losses coming from top-10 teams.
HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN ON THE GAME:
“Good first half of hockey. I thought we controlled play and pressed well. In the second half, we lost some discipline and gave up chances to a good Louisville team. We have some good things to build on moving forward but we also need to complete games. Credit to Louisville for a hard-fought win. It only gets harder as we enter Big Ten play against a strong Northwestern team.”
The Buckeyes return to action on Friday, Sept. 20 when they close out a three-game homestand by hosting No. 13 Northwestern in the Big Ten opener at Buckeye Varsity Field. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.