WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Giovanna DeMarco’s 100th-minute game-winner lifted Wake Forest over the Ohio State women’s soccer team, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at Spry Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes conclude the season with a 9-6-4 record and their ninth NCAA appearance in the last 10 seasons.
QUOTE FROM THE COACH
“I’m so proud of the senior leadership and how they’ve carried themselves throughout the year,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “They’ve done a great job leading the young freshmen who have taken on so much and learned so much. It’s more than a typical freshman class would go through, especially being asked to play more than expected and in moments that are unexpected. We left it all on the field today. There were two exhausted teams in overtime and they were able to bury their chance. There’s so much to be proud of when you step away and I care deeply about each and every one of these seniors in particular.”
– Each team had their chances in the first half, but it was Ohio State that nearly benefitted from a Wake Forest miscue in the 15th minute. A Wake Forest defender tried to play the ball back but it drifted past goalkeeper Nonie Frishette but the goalkeeper was able to range back and clear the ball off the line before it crossed. The play went to video review but it was deemed inconclusive and the match remained scoreless.
– Wake Forest had a chance in the 28th minute after a yellow card was issued to Ohio State’s Izzy Rodriguez, resulting in a free kick from 30 yards on the right wing. Vicky Krug hit the free kick toward the center of the box where it was flicked on by Peyton Perea but it nearly missed wide left. Five minutes later, Ohio State’s Arden Holden took the ball away from a Wake Forest defender but Frishette was able to come out and deflect the shot wide on the one-on-one chance.
– In the 55th minute, a Buckeye giveaway resulted in a cross from the right wing that found Bayley Feist but her shot from eight yards sailed wide right.
– In the 70th minute, Ohio State’s Marissa Birzon lofted a left-footed shot over Frishette from 20 yards out but that just drifted wide left. Then, with less than two minutes remaining, the Buckeyes’ Kayla Fischer beat a defender on the left wing and had a chance from a tough angle six yards out but her left-footed shot just missed wide right as the match headed to overtime.
– Less than three minutes into the extra period, Rodriguez whipped in a free kick from the left wing that narrowly missed the head of Haley Walker-Robinson at the edge of the six-yard box but that’s as close as the Buckeyes would get before DeMarco’s game-winner.
– Goalkeeper Devon Kerr made four saves on the evening. The senior wrapped up her Buckeye career third in Ohio State history with 19 shutouts and a 0.82 goals-against average
– Defender Kylie Knight once again played the full match and played all 1,810 minutes this season for the Buckeyes.
– Ohio State concludes the season with a 9-6-4 record and its ninth NCAA appearance in the last 10 seasons.
– Ohio State finished the year 1-1-4 in six overtime matches.
Shots: Wake Forest 18, Ohio State 9
Saves: Ohio State 4, Wake Forest 2
Shots on Goal: Wake Forest 5, Ohio State 2
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 6, Wake Forest 4
Match: Ohio State at Wake Forest
Date: Nov. 9, 2018
Venue: Spry Stadium – Winston-Salem, N.C.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy and 51 degrees
Scoring Summary 1 2 OT F
WF 0 0 1 1
OSU 0 0 0 0