Prince’s Overtime Game-winner Lifts Ohio State over Maryland, 2-1
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Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
2OT: Ohio State 2 (8-3-3, 3-2-2 B1G), Maryland 1 (5-9-0 overall, 0-6-0 B1G)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team topped Maryland, 2-1, on Nichelle Prince’s game-winner in the 101st minute Sunday afternoon at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 8-3-3, 3-2-2 in the Big Ten, while the Terrapins fall to 5-9-0 overall, 0-6-0 in conference play.
Just 43 seconds into the second overtime, Michela Paradiso found Prince open at the center of the box and the junior finished from 12 yards for her team-high sixth goal of the season and second game-winner.
“We came out with really good energy but we fell off later in the first half,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “We challenged the team at halftime to get that energy back and they responded. It was an important win to keep our momentum going.”
Ohio State earned its first chance of the match less than a minute in when Prince slipped behind the Maryland defense and had a one-on-one opportunity with Maryland goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands but Beanlands was able to make the sliding save.
The Buckeyes had another chance in the 28th minute when Nikki Walts played a through ball from just inside midfield to a streaking Prince but Beanlands again came out to make the save on the shot from 10 yards to keep the match scoreless.
Maryland had an opportunity in the 35th minute when Alex Anthony possessed with her back to goal on the left wing but her left-footed strike from 10 yards narrowly missed wide right as the match remained scoreless through the first 45 minutes.
At the half, Ohio State held a 5-3 advantage in shots, including 4-0 on goal. The Buckeyes also tallied a 3-0 lead in corner kicks.
Maryland took the lead in the 60th minute when Anthony possessed just outside the box and her strike from 20 yards beat Ohio State goalkeeper Jillian McVicker and snuck just inside the left post for the 1-0 Terrapin lead.
Ohio State then responded in the 74th minute when Walts converted a penalty kick after Paradiso was taken down in the box.
The Buckeyes had two more late chances. In the 86th minute, Paradiso beat a Maryland defender on the left wing and tried to go near post from 10 yards but Beanlands ranged to her right to make the diving stop. Two minute later, Prince had a breakaway but Beanlands came out to pick it off her foot and send the match to overtime.
Through 90 minutes, the Buckeyes held a 19-7 advantage in shots, 9-3 on frame.
Maryland almost ended it in the 92nd minute when Lisa Bianchini played a cross in from the right wing to an open Anthony at the center of the box but McVicker lunged to make the save and keep it a 1-1 game.
Neither team got much going the rest of the first overtime before Prince’s game-winner in the 101st minute.
For the game, Ohio State held a 23-9 lead in shots, including 11-4 on goal, while posting a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Ohio State travels to Rutgers at 7 p.m. Thursday before squaring off with Indiana in Bloomington at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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