October 3, 2021

No. 2 Michigan Edges No. 18 Ohio State, 1-0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State went toe-to-toe against the second-ranked Michigan Wolverines on Saturday but dropped a 1-0 decision in front of a season-high crowd of 516 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Wolverines remain undefeated at 9-0 while Ohio State is 6-4.

The Short Story
Facing the nation’s top scoring team, Ohio State’s defense kept the Buckeyes in the game for the full 60 minutes. It was a Sofia Southam goal in the 37th minute, however, that proved to be the difference. The Buckeyes pressed for the equalizer in the final five minutes after gaining an extra field player by pulling goalie Aaliyah Hernandez but could never generate a good opportunity.

How The Goals Were Scored

  • Midway through the third quarter, Michigan finally broke a scoreless tie with Abby Tamer dribbled up the right sideline and cross the ball in front of the goal to Southam, who beat Hernandez to the lower left corner of the cage.
  • The Buckeyes found themselves outshot 16-0 through three quarters but had three shots in the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to their only penalty corner opportunity of the afternoon.
  • Michigan had eight corners on the game but did not score on any of them.

 This and That

  • Hernandez, who played in her 53rd career game on Saturday, registered double figure saves for the second time this season. She previously had 10 in a 2-1 win over Wake Forest (Sept. 10).
  • Michigan came into the game averaging 5.02 goals per game but was held to its lowest offensive output of the season.
  • Each of the last five regular season games between Ohio State and Michigan have been one-goal games.
  • Saturday marked the sixth ranked opponent Ohio State has faced this season and the second top-
  • five opponent in the last seven days.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Michigan 16, Ohio State 3
Shots on Goal: Michigan 11, Ohio State 0
Penalty Corners: Michigan 8, Ohio State 1
Saves: Ohio State (Hernandez) 10, Michigan (Spieker) 0

What’s Next
The Buckeyes are in the midst of a five-game homestand and finish up the stretch next weekend with two games at home. Ohio State takes on Indiana on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. before welcoming Ohio to Buckeye Varsity Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on BTN+ with Brendan Gulick on the call. Admission to all Ohio State home games is free.