August 16, 2018

No. 23 Ohio State Falls at No. 3 Duke, 2-0, in 2018 Opener


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DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 23 Ohio State women’s soccer team dropped its 2018 opener at No. 3 Duke, 2-0, Thursday night at Koskinen Stadium. After a scoreless first half, the Blue Devils scored less than three minutes into the second half and added another late goal to come away with the season-opening victory.

“I think we did some really nice things defensively in the first half and clearly frustrated Duke and what they were attempting to do,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “We were asking players who have not played in specific positions to move and play in some new roles and I think they stepped up and did a really nice job. We aren’t happy with the results but we’ll learn a lot from this. We need to play faster and stay connected. As a team, we’ll take this experience and move forward.”

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– Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr came up with a pair of early saves on Duke’s Marykate McGuire, one was a diving deflection on a low strike toward the near post from 10 yards on the right wing.
– The Buckeyes’ best chance of the first half came when substitute Kayla Fischer made a slaloming 1v4 run down the middle of the Duke defense to draw a foul and a yellow card just outside the box. However, Arden Holden’s free kick from 20 yards narrowly drifted over the crossbar.
– Duke scored just over two minutes into the second half when Mackenzie Pluck dribbled into the box and curled a left-footed shot just inside the left post from the top of the 18-yard box.
– Ohio State had another chance three minutes later when Marissa Birzon ripped a low strike from 20 yards that forced a diving save from Duke goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn.
– After another fantastic save by Kerr on a shot by Lily Nabet in the 68th minute, the Blue Devils added to their lead in the 81st minute when a partially blocked shot by Ella Stevens was tapped home by Taylor Racioppi for the 2-0 advantage.
– Fischer created another chance in the 85th minute when she tracked down a long ball from midfield but Heinsohn was able to come out from goal and deflect the shot from 12 yards wide before it was cleared away.

– Freshmen Emaly Vatne earned the start for the Buckeyes while Fischer, another freshman, also saw her first collegiate action off the bench.
– Junior Alyssa Baumbick and sophomores Marissa Birzon and Maggie Samanich also made their first starts in a Buckeye uniform.

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The Buckeyes will look to rebound at No. 6 North Carolina at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Match: No. 23 Ohio State at No. 3 Duke
Aug. 16, 2018
Koskinen Stadium – Durham, N.C.
7 p.m. ET
Clear, humid and 86 degrees

Scoring Summary              1              2             F
DUKE                                    0            2           2
OSU                                       0            0           0