No. 29 Ohio State Drops 2-1 Decision at Duke
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to host Duke in the final game of the Duke adidas Classic in Durham, N.C., Sunday. The loss was the third-consecutive for the 29th-ranked (Soccer Buzz Magazine) Buckeyes and leaves them with a 6-3 record heading into the start of Big Ten play on Friday. Duke improves to 5-1-2 on the year.
“We tried to fight our way through this game in the 90 degree heat, but we had issues in our ability to battle for 90 minutes,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “It was very difficult to bounce back after a loss in an emotionally draining game like we played against North Carolina on Friday.”
Two losses on this trip to ACC country will not be the only memories for the Buckeyes. Walker is hoping for some positives that will manifest themselves as the season goes on.
“You take a trip like this to allow the game of soccer to teach us,” Walker said. “As long as we can gather some lessons from the weekend, it won’t be a total loss. Carolina and Duke are teams we want to see in November [in NCAA competition].
“Going forward, I think we’ve learned to play faster. And I think we’ve learned that it takes putting 90 minutes together on the field to finish and win games.”
Duke took a 1-0 lead on a goal late in the first half in the 43rd minute by Madeline McEwen off an assist from Kendall Bradley. That score held for the final minutes of the half and the Blue Devils went into intermission with a 1-0 lead.
Ohio State came out strong and tied the score five minutes into the second half on a Lara Dickenmann drive that caromed in off the right goal post. Senior Amanda Ball assisted on the play. The goal was Dickenmann’s team-leading fourth of the season. Ball’s assist was her second.
“Lara hit a great ball to the short corner...she was able to bend it in,” Walker said. “It was great awareness on her part.”
Just six minutes later the Blue Devils retaliated to take a 2-1 lead. Elisabeth Redmond set up C.J. Ludemann, who blasted a shot from 23-yards away that found the back of the net.
Ohio State was not able to counter with a tying goal, despite sending a couple of shots toward Duke goalkeeper Allison Lipsher, the defensive MVP of the tournament, with approximately 17 minutes to play in the game. Carla Arbulu was wide right on her attempt and Lisa Collison’s shot was smothered by Lipsher, who finished with two saves on the day.
OSU’s Lauren Robertson also had two saves. Duke had 11 shots for the game while Ohio State attempted a season-low six shots.
Dickenmann and sophomore Ashley Bowyer were each selected to the 11-player Duke adidas Classic all-tournament team.
Ohio State Notes:
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Duke 2, No. 29 Ohio State 1
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot