COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State had its 11-game winning streak in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium dating to last season snapped with a 3-1 loss to Purdue in front of 652 fans Sunday.
The Boilermakers, the nation’s No. 4-ranked team, came back from an early 1-0 deficit to hand Ohio State its first loss at home since Michigan defeated Ohio State on Oct. 22, 2006. The Buckeyes had been 10-0-0 at home so far this season. The loss drops the Buckeyes’ record to 11-7-0 overall and 5-4-0 in the Big Ten. Purdue, just two points behind league leader Penn State, improved to 7-1-1 in the Big Ten and to 15-2-2 overall.
“Purdue has a calmness about them,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach said. “We went ahead early but they never wavered. I was very impressed by their adjustments.”
Ohio State scored just four minutes into the match off a terrific set piece. Keiana Mitchell headed in a perfect corner kick set-up from Alex Byrzinski to give Ohio State its quickest goal of the season with 41:01 left to play in the half. It was Mitchell’s first goal of the season. Burzynski’s assist was her second and moved her into sole possession of second place on the team with 12 points.
The goal did not phase the Boilermakers. Led by senior Parrissa Eyorokon, a physical, fast and dangerous performer even when being checked by the likes of Ohio State’s freshmen defenders Lauren Beachy, Lauren Steuer and Lauren Hallauer, Purdue played the majority of the first half on the Ohio State end of the field. Eyorokon had three of her team’s seven first half shots and when she wasn’t shooting, she was setting up her teammates.
Purdue tied it in the 40th minute on a play that initiated with the Buckeyes on attack with a corner kick. The ball was intercepted by Jordyn Shaffer who immediately found Eyorokon. Dribbling up the right side, Eyorokon took the ball from one end of the field to the other before feeding Sylvia Forbes to her left. Forbes sent a shot from about 10-yards out that beat Robertson to her left.
Eyorokon put the Boilermakers ahead to stay 15 minutes into the second half. She sent a low shot from about 18 yards that Robertson dove at but could not reach. An own goal in the 83rd minute only added insurance to the Boilermakers’ lead.
Purdue fired 17 shots compared to three for Ohio State. Robertson made nine saves while Purdue keeper Jenny Bradfisch did not record a save in the match.
Ohio State concludes its regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday against No. 7 Penn State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game will be the final home game for six Ohio State seniors: Lara Dickenmann, Amanda Ball, Keiana Mitchell, Carla Arbulu, Kate Linehan and Alyxandra Portier.
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