Friday, the Ohio State offense was firing on all cylinders as it scored two goals on 25 shots, handing women’s soccer, 2-0.
The first goal of the game came in the seventh minute as senior midfielder Danica Wu scored her first goal of the season from 20 yards out giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.
Head coach Peter McGahey said he thought that the team was able to produce good scoring chances and apply enough pressure on Ohio State to stay in the game.
“I thought it was an OK effort today,” McGahey said. “I thought we created some of our best offensive plays that we’ve created within the last month. I thought we had some quality chances and we made it hard on Ohio State (Friday). We created enough chances today to score.”
Junior midfielder Emily Cooksey and senior forward Nicole Samuel each had three shots in the game to lead the Chippewas.
Freshmen midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhovehad had two shots on goal, as did Cooksey.
CMU would play solid defense in the final 15 minutes of the first period, allowing one shot on goal while it managed to have two shots on goal in the final minutes.
Freshmen goalkeeper Heather Laeufer had two saves in the first half, holding strong against a relentless Buckeye attack that averages 1.83 goals per game this season. She had three saves in the game.
Both teams were affected by fouls early in the game with a total of six fouls called in the first half, three for each squad. A total of 16 fouls were called in the game, nine for CMU with an added six offside penalties.
The Chippewas tried to apply pressure late in the half as they recorded shots on goal in both the 34th and 36th minute of the game with attempts by Cooksey and Samuel.
McGahey said the team’s ability to play through pressure situations against quality opponents will only help the team moving forward in the season.
“I think an identity of this team is we are willing to and able to absorb and withstand pressure,” McGahey said. “I think that is really something that is going to help us as we continue on in the season.”
OSU changed goalkeepers to begin the second half as sophomore Jillian McVicker replaced senior Rachel Middleman.
Another aggressive offensive performance was put on display by the Buckeyes to begin the second period. OSU had nine shots in he first 16 minutes of the period including one that deflected off the crossbar.
Laeufer was solid in goal for the Chippewas. She maintained her high level of play despite the constant offensive pressure being applied by OSU to begin the second period.
The second goal of the game, a header after a free kick, was tacked on by OSU in the 67th minute giving the Buckeyes a 2-0 advantage.
Consistency on the offensive side of the ball was hard to come by for the Chippewas, giving them few opportunities to score as the Buckeyes held strong defensively toward the end of the game.
CMU will looking for its first win at 3:30 p.m. Sunday against Indiana at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.