COLUMBUS, Ohio Sophomore Ashley Bowyer scored in overtime off an assist from Lara Dickenmann to give No. 5 seed Ohio State a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Indiana Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament held at the University of Minnesota.
Dickenmann, who has either scored or assisted on five overtime game-winning goals this season, sent a cross toward the goal that Bowyer slid for and got enough of a shot off to send the ball by Hoosier goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth.
“I am just so proud of the effort this team put forth today,” Lori Walker, Ohio State coach, said. “I can’t say enough good things about how the team handled the adversity of being down and not letting the score affect how we were going to do things on the field.”
The Buckeyes will meet No. 1 seed Penn State, a 3-1 winner over Iowa, Friday at 6 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbins Stadium. The Nittany Lions are the 10-time defending Big Ten champion, are 16-3-1 on the season and are ranked as the No. 1 team in the most recent Ratings Precentage Index, a key determining rating for the NCAA Championships.
Neither Ohio State nor Indiana scored in the first half, but the goals came quickly as both teams scored on their first shots of the second half. IU got things started seven minutes into the half as leading scorer Kristin Arnold set up Lindsay McCarthy’s fifth goal of the season. The score came off a corner kick and gave a jolt of adrenalin to the Hoosiers, who had lost four consecutive games, including a 1-0 loss to Ohio State in Columbus Oct. 26.
The Hoosier rush would not last, though, as Ohio State’s All-Big Ten freshman team member Courtney Jenkins found the lower left corner of the goal from 30 yards out just three minutes later to knot the score. The goal was Jenkins’ fourth of the season with the assist going to Dickenmann, increasing her school record to 33 career assists.
Neither team could pull ahead in regulation, although Indiana had eight shots in the last 30 minutes compared to just two for Ohio State. Only two of the Hoosier shots were on goal and Ohio State’s Lauren Robertson handled them both, including one in the 89th minute.
In overtime, Robertson made a save in the 92nd minute and Hollandsworth followed suit, stopping a shot by Ohio State freshman Laura Roberts. IU fired shots wide in the 94th and 96th minutes, respectively, before Ohio State made its game-winning attack.
The win sets up another meeting with Penn State. One week ago, Ohio State played Penn State to a draw for nearly 78 minutes but the Nittany Lions scored a goal at the 77:41 mark and held on to defeat the Buckeyes, 1-0, in the final regular season game for both teams. The game was played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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