Sep 8, 2013
Ohio State 4 (4-1-1); Northeastern 1 (0-4-2)
Brookline, Mass. – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s soccer team picked up a 4-1 win at Northeastern Sunday afternoon at Parsons Field. With the win, Ohio State improves to 4-1-1 while the Huskies drop to 0-4-2.
“We made this weekend very challenging for ourselves,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “We have yet to play a complete game. Flashes of brilliance have not been sustained. We showed character coming back from a deficit today but out own mistakes are throwing us into a hole that we have to fight and claw out of.”
Northeastern took the early lead in the eighth minute when Hannah Terry controlled a long ball from Hannah O’Donnell and slipped her shot past Ohio State goalkeeper Rachel Middleman for the 1-0 advantage.
The Buckeyes knotted it five minutes later when Lindsay Agnew finished off a nice cross from Nichelle Prince to tie the game at 1-1 on her third goal of the season.
Neither team was able to get anything going the rest of the half as the game was tied 1-1 after 45 minutes. Northeastern held a 7-5 advantage in shots in the first half with each team putting two on goal.
Ohio State came out strong in the second half, taking the 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute when Prince scored off an assist from Kristen Niederhaus for her second goal of the season.
The Buckeyes added another two minutes later when Prince scored off assists from Kayla Varner and Ellyn Gruber to push the lead to 3-1 in the 55th minute.
Prince then capped it when she scored in the 81st minute off an assist from Gruber for the hat trick. It marked the first hat trick for a Buckeye since Lauren Granberg scored three in a 4-0 win at Nebraska Oct. 14 of last season.
For the game, Ohio State held a 14-10 advantage in shots, including 7-3 on goal.
Ohio State faces Central Michigan and St. John’s next weekend in Bloomington, Ind.