Women's Soccer: Late and OT Goals Stun Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State allowed the tying goal with six seconds left to play and the game-winning goal 10 minutes into the first overtime and dropped a 2-1 decision to Marquette Friday at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wisc. The loss leaves the Buckeyes with an 0-2 record while Marquette improves to 2-0.
Trailing their visitors by a 1-0 score courtesy of an Emily Esbrook goal two minutes into the start of the second half the Golden Eagles pressured the Buckeyes in the half until finally scoring at the 89:54 mark. Danielle Martens scored with an assist to Lauren Acree to force the overtime session.
Acree then scored the game winner unassisted to set off a small celebration on a soccer field in a town that is currently experiencing a much wilder celebration: the 105th Harley Davidson Bash.
“There is no way to explain how we were not able to trap the ball with five seconds remaining,” Ohio State coach Lori Walker said. “It is a painful loss. This is going to happen when you have a young team.”
Marquette fired 16 shots toward Ohio State keeper Lauren Robertson in the second half and overtime and finished with a commanding 24-2 shot advantage. Five Marquette shots were on goal compared with just one for Ohio State.
“The shots do not reflect quite accurately what was happening,” Walker said. “There were a lot of long distance shots. There were a lot of shots taken with one of our players between the shot and the goal and that’s why there were just five shots on goal. We needed better pressure on the ball and we needed more leadership on the field. But we are a young team.”
After a scoreless first half, Ohio State scored in the 47th minute as Esbrook tallied her first goal of the season off assists from sophomore Genna Brand and freshman Caitlyn Martin.
The Golden Eagles unleashed a flurry of shots in the 53rd minute, including one by Julia Victor that hit the post. Another shot was blocked and a third was wide.
Good fortune was on the Buckeyes’ side again late in the 63rd minute as Katie Kelly hit the post on her attempt. The Golden Eagles kept the offensive pressure on for the remainder of the game, until Martens scored the goal of the season, so far, for Marquette.
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