The Ohio State women’s soccer team picked up a 3-1 win over Michigan State Saturday and ended a 3-match winless streak at the same time.
With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 8-3-3 overall, 2-2-2 in the Big Ten, while the Spartans drop to 7-5-2, 1-5-0 in conference play.
Neither team scored early in a physical first half but Ohio State broke through when Ellyn Gruber headed home a Nichelle Prince cross from eight yards to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 in the 38th minute.
Ohio State had another opportunity in the 52nd minute when Gruber controlled a through ball from Paradiso, dribbled between two Spartan defenders and flicked a shot from 10 yards out on the left wing, but Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem was able to get a hand on it and deflect the shot wide.
The Buckeyes extended the lead to 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Taylor Schissler found Kayla Varner down the left wing and the junior played a nice through ball to Prince who flicked a shot underneath a diving Clem.
The Spartans scored four minutes later, however, Ohio State answered right back in the 80th minute when Paradiso possessed on the right wing, beat a Spartan defender and finished far post from 12 yards.
Volleyball teams drops a pair
The No. 14 women’s volleyball team lost a couple conference games over the weekend, losing to no. 19 Wisconsin on Friday and to No. 11 Minnesota Saturday.
Wisconsin won 3-2 (20-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10) while the Golden Gophers won 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19).
The Buckeyes record slippedto 14-4 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten.
Against the Badgers, Junior setter Taylor Sherwin picked up her fourth double-double of the season with 46 assists and 12 digs. Seniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo finished with 18 and 14 digs, respectively. Freshman Taylor Sandbothe led the Buckeyes with 18.5 points in the match, notching 13 kills and seven blocks (2s, 5a). Senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 17 kills and freshman Kylie Randall added 12.
In the loss to Minnesota, Leary finished with 10 kills while junior Erin Sekinger chipped in seven kills and two blocks. Sandbothe had four blocks and six kills overall. Sherwin notched 21 assists and 10 digs for her fifth double-double. Mandolfo led with 11 digs.
Men’s soccer team earns tie
Ohio State men’s soccer team battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at No. 18 Michigan State Sunday. Down 1-0 with under six minutes remaining in regulation, the Buckeyes (2-6-4, 0-2-1) found the back of the net to force overtime with the Spartans (7-1-2, 1-0-1).
Junior Ryan Ivancic scored the OSU goal from the far side post after finishing a low cross by classmate Kofi Agyapong.
Agyapong juked his defender on the near side and struck a pass from left to back post where Ivancic sent it into the back of the net at 84:12. The goal was Ivancic’s second of 2013, while Agyapong earned his first career point with the Buckeyes.
The Spartans scored their goal on their fourth corner kick of the afternoon midway through the second half.
Men’s golf places eighth
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished eighth at the Rod Myers Invitational, hosted by Duke.
OSU finished with a score of 15-over 879.
Junior Boo Timko led the way for the Buckeyes with a 6-under 210 performance to finish fourth. He dropped 12 birdies on the par 72, 7,154-yard course, including seven in the second round.
Northwestern ran away with the team title, recording a solid 10-under 854.
Women’s tennis team solid in Ann Arbor
The Ohio State women’s tennis team concluded competition at the 2013 ITA Midwest Regional Championships Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich. The squad totaled eight singles victories and four doubles wins on the weekend.
Freshman Gabriella De Santis advanced to the second round of play in the singles main draw after posting a 6-2, 7-5 victory over NIU’s Nelle Youel. In the round of 32, De Santis rallied to force a third set vs. DePaul’s Ana Vladutu, but dropped the match, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
After dropping the second-set tiebreaker, Grâinne O’Neill fell to Illinois’ Jerrika Boone in the first round of singles play, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Sandy Niehaus, who qualified for a spot in main draw singles, was defeated by Notre Dame’s Monica Robinson, 6-1, 6-4. Miho Kowase was eliminated from competition after falling to Michigan’s Amy Zhu in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
In the round of 16 of the doubles main draw, Kowase and O’Neill fell to the Illinois tandem of Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong, 8-5. The pair has collected four wins during the fall campaign.