COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State was eliminated Thursday from the Big Ten women’s soccer tournament by Purdue, 2-1. As a result, Ohio State’s season comes to a close and Purdue advances to play Big Ten co-champion Minnesota in a tournament semifinal Friday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Ohio State had trouble winning games after trailing at halftime this season the team was 0-4-1 in those contests and it could not deviate from that trend against Purdue…although not for lack of effort. The Boilermakers led, 2-1, after an exciting first half and then played safe, yet disruptively in the second half to preserve the lead. Purdue goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch was asked to make just two saves in the half as excellent team defense, coupled with eight fouls and two yellow cards, kept the Buckeyes from mounting any consistent offensive attacks. The Buckeyes had just four shots in the half plus three corner kicks and four offside calls.   

The first half was wide open and featured 45 minutes of up and down action. Purdue fired 10 shots and Ohio State had nine. Ohio State goalkeeper Lauren “Taz” Robertson made four saves while her counterpart from Purdue, Bradfisch, made three. Purdue also led in corner kicks, 6-2, and in fouls, 9-2.

The Boilermakers scored in the fifth minute to take a 1-0 lead. Felicia Schroeder’s eighth goal of the season was presented to her via an assist from Katie Seeger.

Ohio State tied the score in the 18th minute off a set piece. Paige Maxwell finished off Alex Burzynski’s corner kick for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. The assist was Bursynski’s third of the year.

But six minutes later Purdue regained the lead on an Ohio State own goal and, unfortunately for the Buckeyes, and in particular for the three seniors on the team Caitlin Colfer, Lisa Collison and Amy Graeff, a tying goal to possibly extend the season and their collegiate careers would not be scored.  

Collison finishes her career with a school record-tying 35 career goals and 80 total points, which rank fourth all-time in school history. Graeff, a team co-captain, played in her 44th game Thursday. Colfer, who is tied for 13th at Ohio State in career assists with 11 and who played in 59 games, had to watch from the sidelines due to injury.

And so the 16th season of Ohio State women’s soccer ends with the team fashioning an 8-10-2 overall record and a 5-5-0 mark in the Big Ten Conference.

Ohio State Tournament Game Notes: 

  • This is the last Big Ten women’s soccer tournament. Next year the Big Ten regular season champion will be awarded the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament with regular season play determining which other Big Ten teams are invited as at-large teams. 
  • Ohio State was playing in the tournament for the third consecutive year and for the 13th time overall.
  • The Buckeyes are 8-11-3 in the Big Ten tournament.
  • Ohio State and Purdue have met five times in the Big Ten tournament with Purdue holding a 3-2-1 advantage in the series.
  • Purdue has won seven consecutive games against Ohio State.

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