COLUMBUS, Ohio Four second-half goals by four different players propelled the Ohio State women’s soccer team to a 4-0 exhibition win over Kentucky Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Both teams substituted liberally in the second half with Kentucky using 25 total players and Ohio State playing 22.
Caitlyn Martin, a true freshman from Hilliard Davidson, scored the Buckeyes’ first goal of the season at the 46-minute mark. She headed the ball past UK goalkeeper Sydney Hiance off a free kick assist from Lauren Cusick, another true freshman. Martin, who led the team with three shots on the night, was chosen by her teammates as the player of the game.
“Caitlyn came into the game and played aggressively in the midfield,” Ohio State coach Lori Walker said. “She won some air balls and she really was a dominant player for us.”
Another dominant performer all evening was junior midfielder Ashley Bowyer, who continually made terrific through-balls and who scored on a right-footed drive from about 35 yards out to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead at the 66-minute mark.
Freshman Brook Taylor assisted on a Courtney Jenkins goal at the 75-minute mark to extend the lead to 3-0 and Alex Burzynski closed out the scoring off an assist from Cassie Dickerson with just over seven minutes remaining in the contest.
“This was a nice win over an aggressive team with good athletes,” Walker said. “Kentucky has several players from Ohio and from the Columbus area and they came up and played hard.
“What I really liked was when we substituted, which both teams did a lot, I felt like we got stronger. That was really nice to see.”
Ohio State out-shot Kentucky, 14-11, and also held an advantage in shots on goal 5-to-4. Senior Caitlin Colfer, Bowyer and freshman Paige Maxwell had two shots apiece.
Junior Lauren Robertson made four saves for Ohio State before being relieved with about 20 minutes to play by freshman Kristen Touche.
- Five players were nominated by teammates to be in the running for the player of the game: Ashley Bowyer, Cassie Dickerson, Lauren Steuer, Elizabeth Sullivan and the winner, Caitlyn Martin.
- Lori Walker also singled out the play of Courtney Jenkins and Lauren Robertson. Jenkins, who missed all of spring drills, started slow but improved as the game moved on. Robertson was vocal, aggressive and competitive...her typical game.
- Four different players scored and three different players had assists.
- All four Ohio State goals were impressively struck balls. Craziest goal was Cassie Dickerson sending a free kick in that caromed off the cross bar toward Alex Burzynski. Her header found the back of the net with ease.
- Ohio State wore all white uniforms. Kentucky was in black shirts with blue shorts.
- Nine true freshmen played in their first games as Buckeyes. Two started: Elizabeth Sullivan at defender and Caitlyn Martin in the midfield.
- Unofficially: Cassie Dickerson and Lauren Steuer each played the entire 90 minutes along the back line. Waves of substitutions typical for an exhibition game at times had the press box scrambling for names and numbers; thus the unofficial nature of the note.
- The Buckeyes will take Thursday off before resuming practice Friday. The team opens its regular season Wed., Aug. 27 at UW-Milwaukee. The second half of the trip will have Ohio State playing at Marquette on Friday, Aug. 29.