Edwards' Hat Trick Lifts Buckeyes over Dayton, 4-2
Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Ohio State 4 (2-3-0), Dayton 2 (2-2-1)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team topped Dayton, 4-2, behind Sammy Edwards’ first-career hat trick Friday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-3-0 on the year while the Flyers drop to 2-2-1.
“I’m really proud of how we came out strong from the get go.” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “One of the goals we talk about every year and clearly we didn’t take care of that earlier in the week so our team was fired up. There was a great crowd tonight which gave us fantastic energy. The way we played tonight is how we’re capable of playing and I’m really proud with how the team got after it.”
The Buckeyes wasted no time taking the early lead in the second minute on a goal by Edwards. Nicole Miyashiro played a cross from the right wing that was tracked down by Edwards. The freshman then spun past her defender and curled a shot far post from 12 yards for her first-career goal.
Edwards then doubled the Buckeye lead in the 19th minute. Lindsay Agnew split a pair of Dayton defenders with a through ball and Edwards latched on to the end of it to tap it far post past the keeper from 10 yards.
Dayton cut the lead in half on an Ashley Campbell goal in the 32nd minute. Allison Klinefelter played a long ball toward the far post and Campbell was there to tap a shot from six yards out past Ohio State goalkeeper Megan Geldernick to make it a 2-1 Buckeye lead.
Neither team mustered anything else offensively the rest of the half as the Buckeyes took the lead into the break. Ohio State held an 8-6 lead in shots, including 4-1 on goal, over the first 45 minutes. Each team tallied one corner kick.
After a quiet start to the second half, Sydney Dudley pushed the Buckeye advantage to 3-1 in the 62nd minute when she connected on a Nikki Walts corner for a far-post header and the first goal of her career.
Erin O’Malley answered back six minutes later when her strike from 35 yards out snuck into the top right corner past a leaping Geldernick to cut the Ohio State lead to 3-2 with just over 20 minutes.
However, Edwards capped her night in the 76th minute with a header from six yards off a cross from Emma Wangsness to make it a 4-2 and give Dublin native her first-career hat trick. It marked the 13th in Ohio State women’s soccer history and first since Nichelle Prince scored three times in a 6-1 win over Northwestern Oct. 20 of last season.
“I was really pumped before this game,” Edwards said. “We had a rough go Tuesday at Toledo and I have to credit the energy we had as a team. Those goals happened because of high pressure and I was happy to be able to find the back of the net.”
The Buckeyes then held off the Flyers the rest of the way to earn the win.
For the game, Ohio State held a 13-12 lead in shots, including 6-3 on goal.
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