Sept. 1, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Casey Cole’s goal off a penalty corner in the first overtime gave Ohio State its first ranked win over a top 10 opponent since 2014 on Friday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field with a 2-1 triumph over No. 9 Louisville.
All deadlocked at one entering the first of two possible overtime periods, Caroline Rath took the penalty corner that initiated the game winner for the Buckeyes. Receiving a smooth, crisp pass from Rath, Cole took the ball and move about two yards to her right and ripped a low laser past Louisville’s goalkeeper for the win. The goal was the first of Cole’s 2017 season and the first game winner of her career.
With the win, Ohio State moves to 2-0, and Louisville drops to 2-1 on the season.
“It was a great game. Louisville is a really good team and they’re going to have a great season,” first year head coach Jarred Martin said. “For us, it showed what our thoughts are on the prep we’ve been doing and how it pays off in these situations.”
“It feels so amazing that I could come through for my team,” Cole, a junior, mentioned. “We knew they (Louisville) we’re going to come out strong and hard. It just feels amazing to get a big win with the team.”
LOUISVILLE STRIKES FIRST
With 14:02 left to play in the first half, the Cardinals snuck a ball past Liz Tamburro to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Katie Walsh et up the score when she intercepted the ball near the 25-yardline and dribbled into the circle where she sent a feed to Marigrace Ragsdale who sent a shot past Tamburro.
With under 10 minutes remaining in the game, Ohio State still trailed 1-0. After upping the pressure and pressing forward a bit more, opportunities came aplenty for the Scarlet and Gray, and Morgan Kile made one of them count.
With Maddy Humphrey starting the penalty corner, Hannah Pany served as the stopper and dished the to the end of Maartje Bongers’ stick for the shot. Bongers’ shot was redirected in front of the net by Kile for the equalizer. It was the eighth goal of Kile’s career. With 8:08 left to play, the score was all knotted up and the Buckeyes were destined for overtime.
TAMBURRO SOLID IN THE NET
Tamburro, a senior, was solid in the in goal for Ohio State all afternoon long. Being tested more than in the season opener against Lehigh, Tamburro was more than up to the task turning away six of the seven shots on goal she faced.
Ohio State will welcome Kent State to the friendly confines of Buckeye Varsity Field on Tuesday, Sept. 5, for a 3 p.m. contest. Admission is free.