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.
Game Notes and Other Notes of Interest:
- More stats: Marquette committed 12 fouls including one yellow card foul. Ohio State was whistled five times on fouls.
- Ohio State has opened a season 0-2 just two times in its history prior to this season’s 0-2 start: in 2002 and in 2004.
- On the bright side: Ohio State won the Big Ten Conference tournament and advanced to play in the NCAA tournament in its two previous seasons starting out 0-2.
- Freshman Caitlyn Martin has assists in each of her first two games as a Buckeye.
- Genna Brand (goal vs. Milwaukee and an assist vs. Marquette) also has points in the first two games.
- Marquette was 12-4-4 last season and 5-5 in the BIG EAST Conference.
- The Golden Eagles were picked to finish third in the BIG EAST American Division this season. Ohio State was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten.
- The team returns home to Columbus Friday evening.
- Ohio State opens its home schedule at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 vs. Charlotte. The contest will be the first of seven consecutive home games at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.