September 4, 2016

Ohio State Edged at No. 4 West Virginia, 2-1


Sept. 4, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Ohio State women’s soccer team, playing its second match against a Top 20 team in the last four days and fourth-consecutive road match, dropped a back-and-forth contest at No. 4 West Virginia, 2-1, in Morgantown, W.Va. The Buckeyes suffer their first setback of the season, falling to 5-1-0 on the year, while the Mountaineers improve to 5-0-1.

“We put together a challenging schedule for a reason,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “We had a huge test tonight and we found a really important piece of ourselves in the second half which will help us down the road as we enter Big Ten play. It was important for us to have this challenge to get to where we want to be. We tried to run against an athletic West Virginia team in the first half and that is not our style. When we settled down and were able to connect in the second half, we were successful. We are disappointed that the game was decided on two restarts. We had an excellent gameplan and knew we had to be sharp at these moments. We will learn from this match.”

West Virginia took the 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. A Carla Portillo fell to Alli Magaletta at the far post where Magaletta found Heather Kaleiohi inside the six-yard box where the forward finished for the one-goal advantage. The one-goal deficit marked the first time the Buckeyes have trailed this season.

The Buckeyes earned back-to-back corners in the 66th minute, the second Lindsay Agnew corner falling to Meghan Kammerdeiner at the back post but the shot from six yards sailed just high.

Agnew then tied hit with her team-high fourth goal of the season in the 70th minute. The senior stole the ball at midfield, dribbled forward to beat a pair of West Virginia defenders and finished past Rylee Foster just underneath the crossbar to knot the score at 1-1.

“The leadership of Lindsay, Morgan Wolcott and Nikki Walts was critical tonight,” Walker said. “Lindsay plays with a heart of gold and the individual effort she displayed tonight, especially on the goal, was world-class.”

The Mountaineers regained the lead again in the 76th minute after another Portillo corner. Portillo played a corner toward the far post, Kadeisha Buchanan headed it back toward the center of the box and Hannah Abraham headed it home from inside the six-yard box to give the Mountaineers the 2-1 win.

Ohio State goalkeeper Jillian McVicker was solid again in goal despite allowing the two goals off corners. The Metuchen, N.J., native made five saves against the Mountaineers and handled the West Virginia pressure from crosses well throughout the match.

Shots: West Virginia 19, Ohio State 4
Saves: Ohio State 5, West Virginia 0
Shots on Goal: West Virginia 7, Ohio State 1
Corner Kicks: West Virginia 8, Ohio State 3

– Ohio State’s Nichelle Prince and West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence found themselves on the field once again after earning a bronze medal with Canada last month in Brazil.
– Agnew scored her team-high fourth goal of the season and 11th of her career.

Ohio State hosts Texas at 5 p.m. Friday before taking on nationally-ranked BYU at 7 p.m. Monday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.