Sept. 16, 2012
On a clear and sunny day in Columbus, Ohio, the University of Minnesota women’s soccer team forfeited an early 1-0 lead to fall 2-1 in overtime to Ohio State. The Buckeyes poked home the game-winning goal in the 99th minute to defeat the Golden Gophers 2-1 in their Big Ten opener.
The Gophers took an early 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Nicole Baier settled a ball at the top of the box and quickly played to Taylor Uhl, who was posted up 10 yards in front of the goal. Last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year then dished off to a Katie Thyken, who was streaking to the back post. Thyken then struck a ball to the far post, past a sprawled out Buckeye goalkeeper.
The Maroon & Gold would continue to bombard the Buckeyes defense as they controlled possession for most of the half and garnered an 8-1 shot advantage with four being on goal.
On a MacKenzie Misel corner kick in the 22nd minute, the Gophers were pressing to extend their lead. Misel’s service overshot the scrum of players, but Olivia Bagnall would corral the ball on the far side of the field and send in another cross. After being pinballed around, the ball fell to Taylor Wodnick’s feet, and she tapped the ball towards goal. The shot attempt impressively found its way through the crowd of feet and inched towards the goal line. Just before the ball could completely cross the goal line, OSU’s goalkeeper Rachel Middleman dove on the shot attempt and negated the Maroon and Gold’s attempt to take a two-goal lead.
Ohio State would try to counter Minnesota’s offensive attack by serving long balls over the top of the defense, but the Gophers’ back four held strong and forced the Buckeyes into four offside penalties in the first 45 minutes.
The two foes would remain scoreless the remainder of the first half, and Minnesota would carry a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, Minnesota again came out firing as they would control play for the first two-third of the half. The Gophers’ pressure was enough to force six corner kicks, but they were unsuccessful at netting another goal.
The tide changed with 15 minutes remaining as the Buckeyes became more urgent to equalize the match as they tallied four shots on goal in the final minute of the half.
With five minutes remaining in the half, Ohio State began to threaten the one-goal lead and generated a free kick. OSU’s Kendyl Reed would launch a ball to the near post of the box. Reed’s service would be dummied as a Buckeye attacked ducked under the ball, which caught Cat Parkhill off guard and unprepared for what was to come next. With Parkhill off balance, the Buckeye’s Marisa Wolf took a quick swing at the ball and bounced in the game-tying goal.
In overtime, both teams would generate quality opportunities as the Gophers’ top chance came in the 92 minute.
Uhl dribbled through the Buckeyes’ defense and slipped a ball by replacement OSU goalkeeper Jillian McVicker, but denying the game-winning goal was Reed, who was standing near the back post.
On the contrary, the Buckeyes were able to take advantage of the extra time and seal the deal in the 99th minute. On the second of two back-to-back corner kicks, Tiffany Cameron would poke home the game-winning goal after having the ball jumble around at the front of the goal.
Minnesota now returns home to face Michigan and Michigan State next weekend. The Gophers look to garner their first Big Ten win next Friday night against the Wolverines at 7 p.m.
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