Sept. 11, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After two separate weather delays and nearly 110 minutes of play, Tiffany Cameron scored the game-winner with 49 seconds remaining to give No. 22 Ohio State a 1-0 victory over Ohio Sunday evening at a soggy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Cameron controlled a loose ball in the box off a Buckeye free kick and finished far post from six yards out to seal the win.
The Buckeyes’ first opportunity came in the sixth minute when Aly Walker controlled a rebound of a Paige Maxwell shot and tried to go far post with her 10-yard shot from the right side of the box but Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston was able to come up with the diving save.
Another lightning delay stopped play for a half hour in the 23rd minute but the Buckeyes came out strong after the break. Ellyn Gruber controlled Liz Sullivan’s corner kick at the top of the box, dribbled to her left and ripped a left-footed shot from 15 yards out that sailed just over the crossbar. Less than two minutes later, the freshman tracked down a long ball at the top of the box but Liston came out to make another diving save to thwart the 1-on-1 opportunity.
Ohio State almost broke through once again in the 39th minute but Caitlyn Martin’s shot from the top of the box drifted inches over the crossbar and the teams went in to the break scoreless.
For the half, Ohio State held a 12-2 advantage in shots, including 6-0 on goal.
The Buckeyes opened the second stanza strong, continuing to try to get on the board but Liston kept coming up big for the Bobcats. In the 60th minute, Gruber drilled a shot from eight yards that Liston deflected wide, Cameron tried to follow, but Liston was able to make the save while she was sprawled out on the ground to keep the game scoreless.
Less than 10 minutes later, Maxwell trapped a free kick from Sullivan but a Bobcat defender was able to make the save on the goal line. Cameron tried to follow again but Liston was able to make another save on the rebound. Two minutes after that, Maxwell corralled a loose ball in the box off another Sullivan corner kick but her shot from eight yards out caromed off the left post and was cleared away.
The Buckeyes had one last chance before the end of regulation in the 89th minute when Maxwell tracked down a loose ball off a corner but her shot was saved off the line by a Bobcat defender and Colleen Brady’s follow was lofted just over the crossbar.
After the teams played through a quiet first overtime period, Liston came up huge for the Bobcats once again in the 102nd minute. Kiiri Kuld dribbled in from the left wing and drilled a shot far post but Liston made another diving save.
For the game, Ohio State held a 30-5 advantage in shots, including 15-2 on goal. The Buckeyes also recorded nine corner kicks to three for the Bobcats.
Up next, the Buckeyes (5-2) host Dayton at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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