COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes had their 2021 season come to an end in Blacksburg, Va., Friday evening, losing a first-round NCAA Tournament game to the Virginia Tech Hokies, 3-1. The game was tied at the 67-minute mark of the second half but a pair of Hokie goals from that point sent the home team on to the second round.
Ohio State ends its season 9-9-2 while Virginia Tech, 12-5-2, advances to the second round of the NCAA championship with a game Nov. 19 against either Arkansas or Louisiana.
How it Happened
Virginia Tech jumped out to a 1-0 lead off a goal by Emily Gray, her 12th of the season, at the 11:29 mark of the first half. Assists went to Emmalee McCarter and Nicole Kozlova. It was the culmination of some early pressure that saw the Hokies put five shots on goal in the first 10 minutes.
The first half ended with the Hokies holding their 1-0 lead, and also holding edges in shots, 12-3, shots on goal, 9-3, and in corners, 3-2.
Ohio State quickly tied things up just one minute into the second half as Emma Sears scored her sixth goal of the season off assists from Izzy Rodriguez and Kayla Fischer. Sears, a junior, found the lower left corner of the goal with a left-footed shot.
The Hokies regained the lead at the 67:23 mark as Tori Powell scored for a 2-1 lead. Assists went to Emma Pelkowski and Victoria Haugen. About 16 minutes later Virginia Tech all but sealed the victory with a goal by Emma Steigerwald off an assist from Emily Gray. It was Gray’s third point of the night and her 32nd of the season.