"Our presence in the midfield has been very solid this year but we have to get better inside the box," head coach Lori Walker said. "We made strides tonight but there's always room to improve. This was a good win for us."
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Liz Sullivan lofted a shot from 25 yards out over the outstretched arms of Akron goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert for her second career goal. Less than two minutes later, it was almost 2-0 Ohio State but the shot from Courtney Jenkins from just outside the box deflected off the right post and out of bounds.
The Buckeyes continued to put pressure on the Akron defense, taking 10 shots and putting five on goal in the first period while Akron did not attempt a shot as Ohio State took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Fewer than five minutes into the second half, freshman Kristen Niederhaus scored her first career goal on a header off assists from Lauren Beachy and Lauren Steuer to put Ohio State up 2-0.
While the Ohio State attack kept up the constant pressure on the Zips, the defense was able to hold Akron without a shot through the first 50-plus minutes of play.
In the 56th minute, Lauren Granberg almost added to the Buckeye lead after her shot drifted just wide left off a nice pass from Paige Maxwell. However, in the 71st minute, Granberg's fellow Canadian Tiffany Cameron put home a shot from six yards out, beating the goalkeeper near post off a nice pass from Sullivan to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 advantage and cap off the scoring.
For the game, Ohio State outshot the Zips 18-3 including 10-1 on goal and held a 4-0 advantage in corners.
The Buckeyes take on Cleveland State in a rare midweek home match at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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