COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State and Charlotte, two NCAA tournament teams from a year ago, waged a good old fashioned slug fest in at times torrential rain with the result a fair, 1-1 tie in double overtime Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
A crowd of 671 enjoyed this aggressive affair that featured 48 total fouls, two yellow cards and at least five major collisions. Ohio State is now 0-2-1 this season while Charlotte, the favorite in the Atlantic 10 Conference, is 2-1-1.
“I think this was an excellent team that Charlotte put on the field,” Ohio State coach Lori Walker said. “They were well prepared. They played extremely physical. I felt we dominated in the first 15 minutes and then when Cassie Dickerson went down I think we froze a little and stopped being as physical as we needed to be. I think we sorted it out in the second half and we really responded. Once we started to play our game I think we controlled the second half.”
Trailing 1-0 at the break, the Buckeyes came out and dictated the pace of play in the second half and in the 54th minute that effort paid off with the game-tying goal from senior Lisa Collison. The play started in the middle of Ohio State’s side of the field with the ball at the feet of junior captain Ashley Bowyer. As she has done so many times this season, Bowyer sent a lovely ball about 40 yards down field that Collison caught up to, steadied and then ripped a 12-yard drive past Charlotte keeper Lauren Brown with a defender all over her. The goal electrified the crowd. The pass was the generator.
“Ashley is really moving into her own right now,” Walker said. “She is discovering what all of the tools are that really make her special. She is good penetrating with the dribble. Her final pass is fantastic. She is excellent in the air and she is a key component in our possession from left to right.”
The goal was Collison’s first this year and 29th of her career, good for a tie for third-place on Ohio State’s career list.
“Lisa has really been working on her own personal game,” Walker said. “[Charlotte coach] Jon recruited her so there was added motivation for her and a lot of these girls tonight to do well in front of him.”
Charlotte led through a physical and exciting first half, 1-0, on a goal in the 16th minute by Whitney Weinraub, her fourth of the season. The sophomore handled a free kick and, despite being checked by Ohio State’s Lauren Beachy, dribbled near the corner of the 18-yard box, spun and unleashed a wicked shot that caromed in off the far crossbar.
Weinraub, a dynamo, had been feeling the pinch of the Buckeyes leading up to her score. Beachy raced and chased Weinraub half the length of the field and made a nice takeaway, and freshman Kelsi Landri leveled Weinraub during a scrum moments later. But that didn’t stop the sophomore and she kept playing all game, totaling four shots and two on goal.
Each team had 11 shots with Charlotte putting six on goal compared to five for Ohio State. Charlotte also led in fouls (27-21) and corner kicks (10-5).
Ohio State continues its current homestand by hosting Bowling Green Sunday at 1 p.m. For $7 fans can get a ticket to the game, ice cold soda, hot dog and popcorn.
Game Notes and Other Notes of Interest:
- Five goals this season for the Buckeyes. Five different goal scorers.
- Shot leaders for Ohio State included Lisa Collison, Paige Maxwell and Lauren Steuer with two apiece.
- Goalkeeper Lauren Roberton made a critical save with 22 minutes remaining in the game, effectively punching out a free kick from the side.
- Players mentioned by other players as having “player of the game” type games included Collison, Emily Esbrook, Courtney Jenkins, Lauren Robertson, Taylor Moront and there were others, too.
- Ashley Bowyer sent a 35-yard ball (approx.) down field in the first half that freshman Taylor Morant hustled past two 49er defenders to reach. Morant was able to get a difficult shot off but it was wide.
- Late in the second overtime Collison made two sweet crossing attempts. She also scored on a header in OT but was ruled offside.
- Speaking of offsides: the first one wasn't called until the 89th minute of the game.
- Cassie Dickerson, the team’s assistant captain, was carted off the field just 3:35 into the game with an injury.
- In the “we hope you get well soon department”: Ohio State associate head coach Greg Miller missed the game while recovering from a short hospital stay. Miller is out of the hospital, doing fine and the team expects him back on the coaching fields Monday.
- Approximately 12 former Buckeyes were at the game. There may have been more, but 12 were recognized at halftime.
- Charlotte and Ohio State are a lot closer than their physical distance. Charlotte coach Jon Lipsitz was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 2001-04 and had a hand in the recruiting of many current Buckeyes.
- Lipsitz and Charlotte assistant coach Willie Gage have each served as director of the Ohio Premier soccer club, based out of Dublin. Gage had a nice contingent of fans at the game, too.
- Thank you Ohio Premier. The club purchased 300 tickets for the game.
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