Granberg's Overtime Game-Winner Lifts No. 24 Ohio State over No. 15 Minnesota, 2-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Lauren Granberg scored 43 seconds into overtime to lift No. 24 Ohio State over No. 15 Minnesota, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 12-2-1 on the season, a perfect 6-0 in Big Ten play, while Minnesota drops to 10-4-2, 2-3-1 in conference. Ohio State, in first place in the Big Ten, moved to 3-0-1 on the season in overtime matches.
Granberg received an excellent through ball from Lauren Steuer, dribbled into the right side of the box, and beat Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill far post for the game-winner.
"I had a chance on a breakaway at the end of regulation and didn't finish so I knew I had to go into overtime and get it done for my team," Granberg said. "I wanted to make up for missing that chance and it was a big win for us. We just need to concentrate on our next opponent and focus on that because we haven't won anything yet."
Both teams created chances in the early going, although they were often shots taken from a distance. The Buckeyes best opportunity came in the 21st minute on a shot by freshman Kristen Niederhaus from 25 yards out but Parkhill dove to her right to make the save on the shot headed for the far post.
The Golden Gophers' best chance came 10 minutes later when Lauren Bauer received a far post cross but her shot from just outside the six-yard box sailed wide left. With just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Lauren Beachy drilled a low shot toward the far post but Parkhill once again thwarted the Ohio State opportunity with a diving save as the teams went into the half scoreless.
Minnesota held a 6-4 advantage in shots in the first half with the Buckeyes putting three on goal to one for the Golden Gophers. The Buckeyes also held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
After recording a few early second half chances, Minnesota took the lead in the 57th on a goal by Tamara Strahota when the junior controlled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out past Ohio State goalkeeper Rachel Middleman. It marked the first time the Buckeyes have trailed in the second half since a 1-0 loss Sept. 17 to No. 19 Arizona State.
The Buckeyes had an excellent opportunity 10 minutes later when Danielle Scoliere found Caitlyn Martin with a cross in the box but the header from the junior forward from six yards out was right at Parkhill.
Ohio State then tied it in the 82nd minute when Paige Maxwell controlled a long ball from Liz Sullivan in the box and finished from just outside the six-yard box. It was Maxwell's team-leading eighth goal of the season and seventh in the last seven matches as the Buckeyes headed into their fourth overtime match of the season.
"I'm very proud of my team for sticking with it today after we didn't play our best soccer," head coach Lori Walker said. "This time of year is traditionally hard for us because of midterm exams so I knew our soccer wasn't going to be at its best. Minnesota is a team that plays hard, but they play clean. We battled and found a way to win."
For the game, shots were even at 10 with Ohio State holding a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. The Golden Gophers recorded eight corner kicks to five for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes conclude their three-game homestand Thursday, hosting Illinois at 7:30 p.m. on Buckeyes Go Pink Night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.