October 17, 2021

Two 2nd Half Goals Leads to Huge Win over Michigan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Any win over That Team Up North is a big win but for Ohio State women’s soccer, Sunday’s win seemed a little bigger. Needing to make up ground with just three regular season matches left, the Buckeyes scored two goals in the second half to comeback and claim a 2-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan.

The Buckeyes improve to 8-7-1 overall and claimed three huge points in the Big Ten standings to now sit at 3-4-1. Michigan loses for the first time in three matches and is now 10-4-3 and 4-3-2 in the conference.

Playing in front of one of its largest home crowds of the season, the Buckeyes got a game-tying goal from Chloe Delyser in the 66th minute and then after being awarded a penalty kick, freshman Kailyn Dudukovich converts for the game-winner in the 85th minute.

Senior Bailey Kolinski also had a nice game in net for Buckeyes, making six stops on the day.

How it Happened

The first half was played fairly close. Michigan led 9-8 in shots, but each team only managed one shot on net.

In the second half, Michigan got on the board first in the 52nd minute as the Wolverines capitalized on a corner kick as Sammi Woods scored from near the top of the box. The Buckeyes were able to even the score in the 66th minute on a goal by Chloe Delyser. The play was started by Emaly Vatne as she found Kailyn Dudukovich in the middle of the box. Her shot was saved but the rebound was hammered home by Delyser for her second goal of the season.

The teams then traded opportunities for the next 20 minutes before Marissa Birzon pushed forward and was taken down in the box by a dangerous tackle from Sarah Bridenstine. Dudukovich stepped to the ball and calmly buried the right-footed shot in the lower right corner to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead. The Buckeyes were then able to salt away the final four minutes to claim a big victory.

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Notes

  • Chloe Delyser netted her second goal of the season which is also the second of her career
  • Kailyn Dudukovich’s goal in the 85th minute gives her a team-high seven goals on the year.
  • Dudukovich also earned an assist on the first goal, giving her 16 points on the year which ties her with Fischer for tops on the team
  • This was the second penalty kick of the season for the Buckeyes
  • The win was the first for the Buckeyes over Michigan since 2017 and it brings the all-time series record to 15-14-4 in favor of UM

Up Next

The Buckeyes head out on the road for the final two matches of the regular season. The first will be at Wisconsin on Wednesday evening. First touch is set for 6 p.m. ET and the match can be seen on ESPNU. The last regular season match will be at Northwestern next Sunday.

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