Buckeyes Down Arizona, 5-1, Behind Strong Second Half
TUCSON, Ariz. - Ohio State closed non-conference play with a 5-1 victory at Arizona Sunday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz.
"Our offense finally exploded," head coach Lori Walker said. "You want to feel that rhythm and connection before conference play and up until this point we did not feel what it is like to completely take over a game."
It did not look promising for the Buckeyes from the get-go as Liz Sullivan was called for a foul in the box just 22 seconds into the match but Macke Mutz missed the penalty kick off the post.
It took a while, but Ohio State broke through on a goal by Paige Maxwell in the 36th minute off assists by Genna Brand and Colleen Brady. That's where it would stand as the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Ohio State then began its second-half onslaught in the 53rd minute when Tiffany Cameron scored her third goal of the season off an assist by Lauren Steuer. Less than seven minutes later, Steuer set up Lauren Granberg for her third goal of 2010 as the Buckeyes took a 3-0 lead with 30 minutes remaining.
The game was a coming out party of sorts for Steuer, an All-Big Ten selection a season ago.
"It all started with a great performance by Lauren Steuer," Walker added. "She put the team on her back and the team followed."
Aly Walker pushed the lead to 4-0 in the 65th minute when she scored her second career goal and Brand capped off the Ohio State scoring in the 72nd minute off Brooke Taylor's first assist of the season.
The five goals were a season-high for Ohio State after tallying three in games against West Virginia and Akron. The Buckeyes now have outscored their opponents 17-4 season the opening match of the season.
For the game, Ohio State held a 16-8 advantage in shots including 12-2 on goal.
The Buckeyes (6-2-1) open Big Ten play at rival Michigan at 2 p.m. next Sunday.