Unranked Buckeyes defeat No. 13 Missouri in overtime thriller
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tiffany Cameron’s goal 24 seconds into overtime gave unranked Ohio State a 1-0 victory against No. 13 Missouri. With the win, Ohio State improves to 4-2-0 on the season while the Tigers fall to 5-1-0.
After Ohio State was awarded possession to start the extra period, Marisa Wolf made a long run down the left side and played a beautiful cross to Cameron, who finished far post from six yards out to give the Buckeyes their fourth-consecutive win and their second win over a ranked opponent.
“Our entire team played at a really good pace,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “Our back line was tremendous and really connected. We showed a mental toughness tonight and were able to stay with and wear down a very good and physical Missouri team. Tiffany is playing extremely well and is very dangerous inside the six yard box and it showed again tonight.”
In a physical first, half neither team was able to muster many chances until Aly Walker almost put the Buckeyes on the board in the 26th minute but Missouri goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein was able to make the diving save on her shot from eight yards out off a cross from Ashley Gruenbaum.
In the 40th minute, Ohio State’s Danica Wu played a beautiful through ball to Cameron at the top of the box, but Sauerwein was able to pick the ball of Cameron’s foot. Four minutes later, Cameron broke free on the left wing, tried to go near post but was thwarted again by a diving save from Sauerwein as the teams went into the half scoreless.
Ohio State held a narrow 8-7 lead in shots over the first 45 minutes. Both teams put three shots on goal and tallied three corner kicks.
The physical play continued into the second half but it was Missouri tallying most of the good opportunities in the second stanza. Haley Krantz played a bending corner that was turned away by a leaping punch from Ohio State goalkeeper Rachel Middleman in the 83rd minute. Then, with less than a minute remaining, Jessica Greer and a chance at a header from inside the six yard box that narrowly missed wide left.
Both teams tallied 15 shots in the game, with Ohio State holding a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Cameron finished with six shots, including three on goal, while tallying her third game-winner of the season. Middleman tallied a season-high four saves to pick up her second shutout of the season.