Prince, Agnew Lead No. 18 Ohio State to 2-1 Win at Dayton
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No. 18 Ohio State 2 (3-0-0), Dayton 1 (0-3-0)
DAYTON, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State women’s soccer team topped Dayton, 2-1, Thursday night at Baujan Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 3-0-0 on the year while the Flyers fall to 0-3-0.
“I like how this team is responding to challenges,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “The team is applying so many of the skills they learn in training to the match. I’m really pleased where their game is but we need to continue to improve every game.”
Dayton had the first opportunity of the game less than two minutes in when Nicole Walters fired a shot from the top of the box but Buckeye goalkeeper Jillian McVicker ranged to her right to make the diving save.
In the 27th minute, Nichelle Prince gathered just outside the box and drilled a shot from 20 yards that sailed just over the crossbar.
Things stayed quiet until the final minute of the half when Prince had another opportunity on a low-driving strike from 18 yards but Kaelyn Jones dove far to her left to keep the match scoreless heading into the half.
For the half, Ohio State held an 8-5 lead in shots with each team putting two on goal. The Buckeyes held a 5-1 advantage in corners over the first 45 minutes.
Ohio State came out of the break strong, taking the lead in the 49th minute when Lindsay Agnew played a cross in from the left side of the box and found Prince, who finished far post from eight yards as the Buckeyes went up 1-0.
The Buckeyes then doubled their lead in the 60th minute when Prince returned the favor, finding Agnew who dribbled around a Dayton defender from the left wing and finished inside the left post from the center of the box.
Dayton had a chance to cut the lead in half in the 73rd minute when a Waters corner was flicked far post to Alexis Kiehl, who volleyed a shot from six yards that caromed off the left post and was cleared out of play.
The Flyers had another opportunity in the 82nd minute when a cross slipped through to Waters at the center of the box but her shot sailed over the crossbar.
Five minutes later, Dayton got on the board when Waters bent a free kick from 30 yards off the fingertips of a diving McVicker and inside the left post to make it a 2-1 contest but that’s as close as the Flyers would get as the Buckeyes improved to 3-0-0 on the year.
For the game, both teams tallied 19 shots with Ohio State holding an 8-7 lead in shots on goal and a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. McVicker tallied six saves in the victory.
Ohio State travels to Texas for a 2 p.m. ET match Sunday.
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