No. 20 Ohio State Drops Big Ten Opener to Minnesota, 2-1
Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Minnesota 2 (6-1-2, 1-0-0 B1G), No. 20 Ohio State 1 (5-2-1, 0-1-0 B1G),
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to Minnesota, 2-1, behind a pair of second-half goals to open Big Ten play Thursday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 5-2-1 on the year, 0-1-0 in the Big Ten, while the Golden Gophers improve to 6-1-2, 1-0-0 in conference play.
“I think we came out strong and I liked the rhythm that we had,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “As Minnesota made adjustments, I don’t think we countered properly. There’s a time to play cute soccer and there’s a time to open up the game and I don’t think we adjusted to that.”
After a back-and-forth start to the match, Lindsay Agnew gave the Buckeyes the 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Nichelle Prince snuck in behind the Minnesota defense before Golden Gopher goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs came out to block her shot but the rebound fell to the foot of Agnew, who finished from 15 yards through a trio of Minnesota defenders to give Ohio State the lead.
Minnesota had its best chance of the first half in the 37th minute when Simone Kolander played a cross to the center of the six-yard box from the left wing but Sydney Squires’ header deflected off the crossbar and was cleared away as Ohio State took the lead into the half.
The Golden Gophers took a lot of shots from a distance over the first 45 minutes, holding a 10-2 lead in shots, including 2-1 on goal. Each team tallied a corner kick in the first half.
Minnesota knotted the score in the 67th minute when Haley Helverson found an open Squires at the top of the box and Squires finished inside the right post past Ohio State goalkeeper Jillian McVicker to make it a 1-1 contest.
Ohio State had an opportunity to regain the lead in the 76th minute when Arden Holden played a cross from the left wing toward the center of the box but Nya Cason’s volley from eight yards sailed over the crossbar.
The Golden Gophers then took the lead in the 80th minute when Kolander finished from six yards off a rebound of her own shot to make it a 2-1 game.
Neither team was able to muster anything over the final 10 minutes as the Golden Gophers came away with the win to open Big Ten play.
For the game, Minnesota held a 16-9 advantage in shots, including 4-2 on goal. The Golden Gophers also held a 4-2 lead in corner kicks.
Ohio State hosts Wisconsin at noon Sunday.
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