Oct. 18, 2012
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
Score: Ohio State 3, #17 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (13-3-1, 7-1-1 Big Ten), Ohio State (11-4-1, 6-2-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 21 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 1 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Junior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) scored the first goal of the match for the No. 17-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team, but Ohio State rallied for three unanswered goals to pull off the upset, 3-1, on Thursday (Oct. 18) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. It was only the third loss of the season for the Wolverines -- and first in conference play -- snapping their 10-match unbeaten streak.
Michigan garnered nine corner kicks in the first stanza. The Wolverines nearly opened the scoring 13 minutes in off a corner kick from sophomore Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff), who sent the service in and found junior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas). However, the header hit the crossbar before being cleared off the line by an Ohio State defender.
Just five minutes later, Ezurike found the back of the net. Murillo once again sent in the corner that found freshman Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) among the traffic. Harris touched it to Ezurike, who, with her back to the goal, flipped the ball over her head past Ohio State goalkeeper Rachel Middleman to put U-M up, 1-0.
Ohio State answered with two goals in a five-minute period to take the lead into the locker room at halftime. Tiffany Cameron scored the equalizer in the 27th minute and the Buckeyes went up in the 32nd minute on a corner kick, as Samantha Lewis headed the ball in from the far post.
Ohio State added another goal off a corner kick in the 65th minute. The corner was sent in to Cameron, who got a touch on the ball that just cleared past the goal line, which the assistant referee on the far side confirmed. The Wolverines failed to add to their score in the second half, despite outshooting the Buckeyes, 21-15, overall. Fifth-year senior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) registered one save in the match.
Michigan closes out the road trip on Sunday (Oct. 21), when it takes on No. 4 Penn State in State College, Pa. The match will begin at 1 p.m. at Jeffrey Field and will be streamed online through the MGoBlue.com All-Access Player.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 17:34 (Corinne Harris)
1st -- OSU, Tiffany Cameron, 26:13 (Lauren Granberg, Megan Fuller)
1st -- OSU, Samantha Lewis, 31:43 (Ashley Gruenbaum)
2nd -- OSU, Cameron, 64:09 (Fuller)
Shots: U-M 21, OSU 15
Shots on Goal: U-M 6, OSU 4
Saves: U-M 1 (Haley Kopmeyer), OSU 5 (Rachel Middleman 0, Jillian McVicker 4, Team 1)
Corner Kicks: U-M 10, OSU 4
N O T E S
Michigan falls to 12-10-2 all-time against Ohio State and has lost four straight matches in the series.
Michigan's last loss of the season came on Sept. 2 to then-No. 11 Long Beach State, 2-1.
The Wolverines gave up three goals in a match for the first time all season.
Michigan went with the same starting lineup for the fifth straight match.
Keyana Thompson-Shaw saw her first action since Sept. 2 at Long Beach State.
The Wolverines fall to 12-2-0 when scoring first.
All nine of Nkem Ezurike's goals this season have come against Big Ten opponents.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423