Cameron, Buckeyes Top UNLV in OT, 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State came back from two separate deficits to edge UNLV in overtime, 3-2, Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
With exactly a minute left in the first overtime, freshman Tiffany Cameron dribbled through multiple defenders and beat UNLV goalkeeper Alicia Lugo from close range for her second goal in an Ohio State uniform.
"Ugly is beautiful," head coach Lori Walker said. "Any time a team can play a style they're not used to and come out with a win, it shows dedication and an ability to be versatile."
The first half marked just the third time all year that the Buckeyes were outshot. The Rebels held a 7-3 advantage in the category and forced goalkeeper Lauren Robertson to make three saves, more than she had to make in any game this season.
The offensive onslaught got to the Buckeyes in the 30th minute when UNLV freshman Colette Jepson scored her second goal of the season on a shot from the top of the box that hit the crossbar and went in. The goal marked only the third tally Ohio State has given up all season and the first time the Buckeyes have been down at halftime as UNLV went into the break with the 1-0 lead.
Ohio State began the second half much differently than the first, with three solid opportunities in the first 10 minutes, forcing Lugo to make a pair of early saves. The Buckeyes were able to break through in the 67th minute when sophomore Taylor Moront finished a loose ball in the box off an assist from freshman Kayla Eckman for her second goal in three games.
"Taylor is really embracing her role coming off the bench," Walker added. "She has tremendous athletic qualities and is great at getting behind the defense. She's strong and physical and muscles her way around in the box."
However, the tie would be short-lived as the Rebels jumped back on top 2-1 less than six minutes later when sophomore Jenna Larkin knocked a rebound out of Robertson's hands and into the back of the net.
The Buckeyes would not back down though as freshman Lauren Granberg scored her first career goal in the 83rd minute from 10 yards out off an assist from Lauren Beachy.
A couple chances arose for Ohio State in the waning moments of regulation but a pair of shots by Lauren Steuer were turned away by Lugo and the UNLV defense.
Unlike the first stanza, the second half was all Ohio State as the Buckeyes outshot the Rebels 10-3 and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks to tie the match and force extra time.
For the match, the Buckeyes held a 15-13 advantage in shots and took nine corners compared to four for the Rebels.
With the win, Ohio State sweeps their three-game West Coast road trip and improves to 4-1-1 on the season while UNLV drops to 2-2-2.
The Buckeyes will return home to Columbus to take on Youngstown State at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.