Ohio State Suffers 1-0 Loss at No. 21 Nebraska
Oct. 25, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ohio State women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 21 Nebraska Friday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 9-5-3, 3-4-2 in the Big Ten while the Huskers improve to 13-3-1, 8-1-0 in conference play.
“Our effort today was outstanding against a very athletic Nebraska side,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “Unfortunately, the margin for error in this game is so small and we are punished for every mistake. We were dangerous on attack and disciplined in defense while in between it looked like a track meet. At the end of the day, we didn’t convert on 18 shots and that is disappointing.”
Ohio State had an early chance in the 20th minute when Nichelle Prince gathered just outside the box with her back to goal and found Kayla Varner to her right but Varner’s right-footed strike from 20 yards deflected off the right post and out of play.
Five minutes later, Nebraska took the 1-0 lead when Kylie Greischar played a long ball into the box that found the head of Mayme Conroy who finished from eight yards out.
The Buckeyes almost knotted the score in the 61st minute but Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stevens made a leaping save on a Megan Fuller free kick from 40 yards out to preserve the 1-0 lead.
Ohio State earned another chance in the 76th minute when Prince placed a left-footed shot toward the far post from 18 yards but Nebraska substitute goalkeeper Kelly Schatz, on in place of an injured Stevens, came up with the diving stop.
Three minutes later, Nebraska’s Jordan Jackson possessed a loose ball on the right side of the box but narrowly missed over the crossbar on a lofted shot from eight yards.
With less than eight minutes remaining, Ohio State’s Nicole Miyashiro found Kristen Niederhaus at the top of the box but the shot from Niederhaus caromed off the crossbar and out of play and Nebraska came away with the victory.
For the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Huskers 18-7 with each team putting four shots on frame.
Ohio State travels to Iowa at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.