[OHIO STATE-OAKLAND] Big Ten champion Ohio State was the only regional seed to fall in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament when the No. 4 seed
Buckeyes fell to Oakland, 3-1, on penalties after their game ended, 1-1. Oakland goalkeeper Shannon Coley saved three penalty kicks togive the Golden Grizzlies
their first win the NCAA Tournament.
"We're so excited to be moving on in the tournament," said Oakland coach Nick O'Shea. "We've been to the tournament a number of times and haven't been able to get past the first round. This group of players we that we have right now worked very hard over the last few years to try to help us accomplish that and today it came true. Hard work pays off and I'm just very proud of our team right now."
"Soccer is a cruel game and it's a pretty tough game to swallow when you outshoot a team 28-5," Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. "We did what we needed to win but were unable to find a second goal. It's a tough ending to a fantastic season."
Oakland took the lead in the 41st minute when Julianne Boyle received a through ball from Joan Sieja and finished past Ohio State goalkeeper Jillian McVicker.
Buckeye star Tiffany Cameron almost tied up the score in the 56th minute but her shot from 10 yards out caromed off the crossbar and out of play. The senior then tied the score five minutes later when she finished a loose ball inside the box from six yards out for her 21st goal of the season.
Less than five minutes later, Michela Paradiso almost gave the Buckeyes the lead but her shot from six yards deflected off the right post. Megan Scoliere then drilled a shot from 25 yards out but Oakland goalkeeper Shannon Coley ranged far to her left to make a diving save. Coley made a diving save on Paradiso's shot from six yards out on the best chance in overtime.
Whitney Sarkis and Meghan Reynolds scored on the Grizzlies' first two penalty kicks while Ashley Gruenbaum and Ellyn Gruber missed for the Buckeyes. After three-consecutive misses, two for Oakland and one for the Buckeyes, Lauren Granberg was able to finish past Coley to extend the match but Nicole DeLuca finished her ensuing kick to send the Grizzlies to the second round.
Nov. 10 in Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State 1 Oakland 1 (Oakland wins 3-1 on penalties). Goals: Cameron (Gruber, Granberg) 61; Boyle (Sieja) 41.
Ohio State -- McVicker, Reed, Gruenbaum, Fuller, Walker, Gruber, Lewis, Niederhaus, Paradiso, Cameron, Granberg. Subs: Wolf, Scoliere, Murray, Swackhamer.
Oakland -- Coley, S.Reynolds, Weber, B.Horne, J.Horne, Fulton, Boyle, DeLuca, Haelewyn, Kellermann, M.Reynolds. Subs: Knoph, Stencel, Steffes, Sieja, San Cartier, Sarkis.
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