No. 17 Ohio State Tops FIU, 3-1
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Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
No. 17 Ohio State 3 (4-0-1), FIU 1 (1-3-0)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team topped Florida International, 3-1, in a rescheduled match Friday morning at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes stay undefeated at 4-0-1 on the year while the Panthers drop to 1-3-0.
“I think we were slow in the first half,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “We addressed that at halftime but I also thought FIU did a good job closing our passing channels. We were a little predictable in the first half but we were able to do find multiple options instead of narrowing down on one the second 45 minutes.”
Nichelle Prince gave the Buckeyes the 1-0 lead in the 31st minute on her team-leading third goal of the season. Morgan Wolcott headed down a Nikki Walts corner straight to the foot of Prince, who finished from inside the six-yard box.
Two minutes later, Alyssa Robinson almost tied it for the Panthers but her shot from the top of the box caromed off the crossbar and out of play.
Ohio State took the 1-0 lead into the break after holding a 5-4 lead in shots, 2-0 on goal, over the first 45 minutes. Each team recorded two corner kicks.
FIU tied the match 15 seconds into the second half when Madlen Weinhardt converted from 12 yards after a Buckeye giveaway, evening the match at 1-1.
Ohio State jumped ahead once again in the 58th minute when a Walts corner deflected off an FIU defender past the Panthers’ goalkeeper for the 2-1 advantage.
The Buckeyes then extended their lead to 3-1 in the 66th minute when Sarah Roberts played a free kick toward the far post and Sammy Edwards trapped and finished past FIU goalkeeper Sophia Trujillo from inside the six-yard box for her second goal of the year.
For the game, Ohio State held an 11-7 lead in shots, including 9-2 on goal. The Buckeyes also tallied an 8-2 edge in corner kicks.
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