COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team lost the second half of a two-game road swing, 1-0, to Wisconsin Sunday to fall to 7-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the Big Ten Conference. Wisconsin, which gave first-year coach Paula Wilkins her first Big Ten win as UW coach after six seasons at Penn State, improved to 4-6-1 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin scored in the first half on a goal by Taylor Walsh with Tricia Krombach picking up the assist. Walsh got behind the Ohio State defenders and beat a charging Lauren Robertson to the ball and chipped a shot up and over Robertson, who leaped with her arms raised but could not deflect the ball. The goal, Walsh’s team-leading third of the year, was the first in five games for Wisconsin, which had been shut out in four-consecutive games dating back to a Sept. 21 win over Northern Arizona.
Ohio State had a number of good opportunities to knot the score in the first half but could not capitalize. Twenty minutes into the game, Lara Dickenmann carried the ball down the middle of the field toward the goal and sent a touch pass to Laura Roberts who was unable to get a clean shot off. Moments later, after an Ohio State corner kick, a drive by a Buckeye hammered the post and appeared to hit net but did not cross the line. With just over 14 minutes left in the half, Dickenmann maneuvered out of a tight squeeze above the box along the left side and let an explosive shot go from 25 yards that was just wide to the short side. And finally, Genna Brand had two opportunities, but she was unable to control a pass after getting behind the defense and moments later she let go with a drive from about 12 yards that Wisconsin goalkeeper Jamie Klages made a terrific save on.
“We started to move the ball well in the first half, but we needed to do a better job of finding our forward’s feet,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach said. “We didn’t have a forward with a shot attempt in the first half and that is a problem.”
Ohio State goalkeeper Lauren Robertson was busy in the half, making four saves and finding herself on the turf numerous times.
Robertson kept the Buckeyes in the game in the second half, making three more saves to finish with seven for the game. Her best save came at the 24-minute mark when she dove to her right to stop a low, hard ball from the foot of Kellyn Flanagan, who put all she had into the shot from about 18-yards away.
Dickenmann, who had five of the team's 10 shots, rested briefly at the start of the second half before entering. Even when she entered, the Badgers applied constant pressure to Ohio State’s attack and disrupted the team’s rhythm enough that the team had few good chances to score. The best chance came inside of nine minutes to play when Lauren Steuer carried the ball across the halfway line and sent the ball into the box. Courtney Jenkins got a foot on it and the ball caromed off the goalkeeper Klages and rolled to Dickenmann, who crushed a hard shot from the 18-yard mark only to have it blocked at the goal line by a Badger.
A difficult weekend on the road comes to an end for Ohio State, which lost, 2-0, at Northwestern on Friday. There is plenty of opportunity to put this weekend in the rearview mirror, though. There are seven Big Ten Conference games remaining for Ohio State and five of them are at home, where the team is 7-0-0 this season.
Ohio State Notes:
- Ohio State has now scored one goal in five road games this season.
- Just three shots on goal by Ohio State tied for the fewest in a game this season (Duke).
- Ohio State plays five of its final seven Big Ten Conference games at home starting Friday, Oct. 12 with a 7:30 p.m. game against Michigan.
- The Ohio State vs. Michigan State game, set for 1 p.m. next Sunday (Oct. 14) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook For Soccer
Ohio State vs Wisconsin (Oct 07, 2007 at Madison, Wis.)
Wisconsin 1, Ohio State 0
Records: Wisconsin 4-6-1, 1-3-0; Ohio State 7-5-0, 1-2-0
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Ohio State.......... 0 0 - 0
Wisconin............ 1 0 - 1
1. 11:50 WIS Walsh, Taylor (3) (Krombach, Tricia) - Chipped ball over keeper from edge of box
Shots: Ohio State 10, Wisconin 10
Saves: Ohio State 7 (Robertson, Lauren 7), Wisconin 3 (Klages, Jamie 2; TEAM 1)