October 6, 2019

Ohio State’s Comeback Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to Penn State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team’s comeback effort fell just short in a 3-2 defeat to Penn State Sunday afternoon at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 4-7-1 overall, 2-3-0 in the Big Ten, while the Nittany Lions improve to 7-6-1, 3-3-0 in conference play.

Ohio State hits the road to face Purdue at 8 p.m. Thursday and Indiana at noon Sunday. The match against the Boilermakers will be televised live on BTN.

“We’re learning something every game,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “Today we learned we have to dictate the level of energy we’re going to bring. Sometimes we wait until our back is against the wall. I’m proud of the way we fought back but that’s a tough hole to bring yourself out of. Outshooting Penn State is no easy task and I think taking some lessons from this game will continue to move us forward.”

– Penn State took the lead less than four minutes in when Kerry Abello found Ally Schlegel on the left side of the box and Schlegel finished with her left foot from 12 yards inside the right post for the 1-0 advantage.
– The Nittany Lions then added another in the 38th minute on a Maddie Myers goal. Abello took a shot from the left side of box that was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski and Myers tracked down the rebound by her shot from 10 yards was saved off the line by Maddy Lowe. However, Myers was able to possesses off that team save and finish to make it a 2-0 contest after 45 minutes.
– Kitty Jones-Black forced a save by Amanda Dennis on a shot from 25 yards in the 14th minute but the Buckeyes’ best opportunities came on a pair of corners that were cleared away by the Nittany Lions.
– Penn State made it 3-0 in the 61st minute. Devon Olive found Jordan Caniff at the center of the box and Caniff placed her left-footed strike from eight yards inside the right post for the 3-0 advantage.
– Ohio State then got on the board in the 69th minute. After a handball just outside the box, Izzy Rodriguez bent a left-footed free kick from 20 yards past Penn State goalkeeper Amanda Dennis and inside the right post to make it a 3-1 contest.
– The Buckeyes followed that up in the 76th minute as Kitty Jones-Black’s first-career goal cut the deficit to 3-2. Emma Sears passed to Marissa Birzon on the left side of the box and the junior found Jones-Black at the far post for the header to make it a one-goal game.
– Ohio State had one more chance in the final three minutes when Olivia Petit gathered just outside the top of the box, hitting a right-footed shot just wide right as the Nittany Lions came away with the win.

– Izzy Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes once again, extending her team-best consecutive minutes played streak to 2,583. Both Rodriguez and senior Marike Mousset have played every minute of the season so far.
– The goal was the first of the year for Rodriguez after tying for the team lead with four a season ago.
– Jones-Black’s goal marked the first of her career.

Shots: Ohio State 15, Penn State 14
Saves: Penn State 6, Ohio State 3
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 8, Penn State 7
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 3, Penn State 2

Ohio State hits the road to face Purdue at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 and Indiana at noon Oct. 13. The match against the Boilermakers will be televised live on BTN.

Match: Penn State at Ohio State
Oct. 6, 2019
Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
2 p.m. ET
Rain off and on and 72 degrees

Scoring Summary               1            2          F
OSU                                       0          2          2
PSU                                        2          1          3