Sept. 18, 2016
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sixth-ranked Louisville (7-1) scored early in each half and held off a valiant effort by Ohio State (3-5), earning a 2-1 win over the Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
THE SHORT STORY
Louisville found the back of the cage in the first five minutes of each half. Ohio State would score with approximately four minutes remaining in regulation on a Maddy Humphrey goal to pull within 2-1, although that’s as close as it got. Junior Morgan Kile assisted on the play, as her initial shot was tipped in by Humphrey.
CARDINALS STRIKE FIRST EARLY
One of the top offensive teams in the nation, Louisville showed why right off the bat in the first half. Just 3:16 into the contest, the Cardinals were awarded a penalty corner and made it count, as Nicole Woods fired a shot from the top of the circle past goalie Liz Tamburro to give UL a 1-0 lead.
BUCKEYES SETTLE IN
Louisville threatened the extend its lead in the first half by generating the next five shots of the game, but Ohio State’s defense settled in and its offense began to create opportunities. A defensive save by Caroline Rath, her team-leading third of the season, at the 10:24 mark kept the score at 1-0, and over the next 25 minutes, Ohio State got seven shots off, three of which were on goal.
TWO CORNERS END THE FIRST HALF
Two of the Buckeyes’ seven shots came at the very end of the first half, as Ohio State was awarded back to back penalty corners and generated a pair of shots, both of which were blocked. Natalie Faust, Adelaide Penzone and Esther Clotet Alsina both had good looks at the goal earlier in the first 35 minutes but had their attempts saved by UL goalie Ayeisha McFerran.
LOUISVILLE ADDS ONE TO START SECOND HALF
Minout Mink put home what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 39th minute when she finished off a penalty corner thanks to passes from Lizzie Gittens and Erin McCrudden. It was Mink’s ninth goal of the season, although for the remainder of the half, the Buckeyes would allow just three UL shots.
HUMPHREY CUTS INTO THE LEAD
With 3:59 to play, Humphrey made Ohio State’s seventh penalty corner of the afternoon count, as she tipped in a shot that originated off the stick of Kile and beat UL goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran. For the remainder of regulation, the Buckeyes pressed for the equalizer but could not generate another opportunity.
Louisville came into the game averaging 4.14 goals and 19.6 shots per game. Ohio State’s held the Cardinals well below those numbers, giving up just two goals and 14 shots. On the other side of the field, Ohio State’s 14 shots were nearly three times what the Cardinals had been giving up on average through the first seven games.
• Ohio State registered more penalty corners than its opponent for the fourth time in the last five games.
• With her assist, Clotet Alsina now has at least one point in four of the last five games with three goals and one assist in that span.
• Tamburro has made five or more saves in four straight games.
• Since generating just nine corners in the first three games, Ohio State has 46 in the last five contests (9.2/game).
• Humphrey’s goal was her team-leading seventh of the year. She now has 72 career points in 42 games (29G, 14A).
JUST THE NUMBERS
Shots: Ohio State 14, Louisville 14 | Saves: Ohio State 6, Louisville 6 | Penalty Corners: Ohio State 7, Louisville 6
Goals: Woods (Gittens) 3:16 | Mink (Gittens, McCrudden) 39:32 | Humphrey (Kile) 66:01
Ohio State dives back into Big Ten play next weekend with a trip up north to tangle with No. 8 Michigan (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Michigan State (Sunday, 2 p.m.). The game against the Spartans next Sunday can be seen live on BTNPlus (subscription required).