Oct. 28, 2011
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: Ohio State 3, Northwestern 1
Records: OSU (11-7, 4-2 Big Ten), NU (11-8, 1-5 Big Ten),
Next NU Event: Sunday, Oct. 30 vs. Louisville Evanston, Ill. Noon Senior Day
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 20 Northwestern looked to bolster its resume with another win over a top-20 opponent, but 17th-ranked Ohio State out-shot the 'Cats, 16-11, en route to a 3-1 victory at Lakeside Field Friday afternoon.
"I thought we had a good effort today," said assistant coach Ali Johnstone, who was filling in for head coach Tracey Fuchs who is in Guadalajara, Mexico for the 2011 Pan American Games. "Ohio State got a lot of pressure on us in the backfield, which led to a lot of corners early for them. We have to look forward to playing Louisville in our final home game of the season Sunday. It will be a great opportunity for us to honor our seniors and should provide us with some momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament next week."
Ohio State pounced out of the gates and controlled possession for nearly 30 minutes on the pitch. The Buckeyes dominated the early going, registering the game's first 10 shots, including two goals at the 19- and 24-minute marks. The 'Cats didn't let up, however, and fired off three shots of their own after two corners, but Ohio State was sturdy in the circle on defense, allowing nothing through.
After a little back-and-forth, and with the clock ticking away to under a minute left in the half, Chelsea Armstrong drove nearly the length of the pitch and nearly scored herself, but her shot, ricocheted off OSU's Ally Tunitis and into the possession of Nikki Parsley. Parsley then fired one into the cage, cutting the Buckeyes' lead in half with 20 seconds remaining before intermission. The goal was Parsley's fourth in last three games, and ninth of the season.
After halftime, it only took the Ohio State offense two minutes to regain the two-goal advantage, with an unassisted score from Danica Deckard. After each side was held in check moving the ball for much of the second half, NU tried to dig into OSU's lead, but to no avail. The Buckeyes' took the final Big Ten game of the season, 3-1.
Sunday, Northwestern battles Louisville in the season finale. With a noon start time, the game is this season's Chipotle BIG Game for Northwestern students. The first 50 NU students in attendance will get a "buy one, get one" coupon from Chipotle. Sunday is also Senior Day, and all of the NU seniors will be honored before the start of the game.
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