Ohio State Falls to Hofstra, 2-0, in 2012 Opener
Aug. 17, 2012
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to Hofstra, 2-0, in the 2012 opener Friday evening at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
The teams played to a scoreless first half with Ohio State controlling possession throughout. The best opportunity for either team was in the 13th minute when the Buckeyes’ Tiffany Cameron controlled a long ball at the top of the box, turned and fired a shot that sailed wide right.
Ohio State outshot the Pride, 3-0, in the first half with Samantha Lewis recording the only shot on goal. The Buckeyes tallied two corners to one for Hofstra.
After the Buckeyes had opened the first 10 minutes of the second half strong, Hofstra began to develop momentum, tallied its first shot in the 59th minute and took the lead a minute later when Lulu Echeverry connected with a volley from 10 yards out off a corner from Erin Havard to take the 1-0 lead.
Hofstra then doubled its lead in the 73rd minute when Sam Scolarici played a shot into the wind from 40 yards out that landed just inside the six-yard box, took a spin on the artificial turf and beat Ohio State goalkeeper Rachel Middleman to give the Pride a 2-0 advantage.
The Pride almost added to its lead in the 82nd minute when Kerry Cummings lofted a shot toward the back post from 20 yards out but freshman goalkeeper Jillian McVicker made an excellent diving save to keep it a 2-0 game.
The Buckeyes continued to put pressure on Hofstra late, including a narrow miss from 20 yards by Lauren Granberg, but were unable to cut into the deficit. Granberg then found the net in the final minute on a header from inside the six-yard box but the goal was negated by an Ohio State foul.
For the game, shots were tied at seven but the Pride held a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Buckeyes held a narrow 6-5 lead on corners.
Cameron finished with two shots for the Buckeyes while McVicker tallied a pair of saves.
Up next, Ohio State takes on Rutgers at 1 p.m. Sunday in Piscataway.