Katie Chase scored with eight seconds remaining in overtime to tie the game at 10-all, but Louisville’s Nikki Boltja scored on a free position shot in sudden-death double overtime to lift the Cardinals over Ohio State, 11-10, in the NCAA first round at Lakeside Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes conclude the 2014 season with a 13-7 overall record, while Louisville advances to the second round to face No. 5 seed Northwestern Sunday.
It was a back-and-fourth battle all night vs. the Cardinals in the first NCAA appearance for Ohio State since the 2003 season. Like all season, Ohio State showed its determination on both ends of the turf. The game featured eight ties and nine lead changes.
In the first overtime, Louisville struck first, scoring at 1:13 on a free position shot to give the squad a 10-9 advantage. However, the Buckeye defense continued to fight even with a player down and came up with a key turnover when senior Heather Gravinese stole the ball from the far corner and brought it through midfield with less than 20 seconds on the clock to set up Chase’s thriller of a goal. Using her strength, Chase worked her way through four UL defenders and netted the game-tying goal to keep the game alive at 10-all. Chase finishes the 2014 campaign with a career-high 49 goals, which is fourth-best on the OSU single-season record list.
Junior goalie Tori DeScenza collected two huge saves in the first overtime to put her total at 11 stops vs. the Cardinals. The ALC Goalie of the Year, DeScenza finishes with 13-7 mark.
Sophomore Cian Dabrowski had three points on a pair of goals and an assist, while Chase and juniors Jennifer Porretto and Kelsea Ayers each had two scores. Also scoring goals were junior Mary Kate Facchina and freshman Morgan Fee. Overall, shots were 28-14 in favor of Louisville, while the Cardinals held a 16-9 lead in draw controls. The Buckeyes went 3-for-5 on free position attempts, while Louisville was 4-of-5.
Ohio State went a 3-0 run midway through the first half to take a 6-5 lead heading into halftime vs. the Cardinals. Dabrowski got the Buckeyes on the board at 29:13 when she juked her defender at the 8-meter mark and took it in front of net for the unassisted score. Chase tied the game, 2-2, at 18:53 on a free position attempt when she bounced in a shot through the goalie’s legs. Dabrowski then tallied her second of the half at 17:17 to give Ohio State its first lead of the night. She fired in a shot into the bottom right of the net for the goal.
After Louisville rebounded with back-to-back goals at 11:40 and 11:11, respectively, the Scarlet and Gray gained them momentum with three-consecutive goals. Fee, a native of New Albany, Ohio, went solo on the Buckeyes’ fourth goal after she won a tough draw and sprinted around the UL net before she flicked in a quick shot from the near side at 10:50. Ayers then regained the lead with a score a minute later at 9:54 assisted by Dabrowski. Mary Kate Facchina then extended its lead to 6-4 when she scored on a free position attempt at 9:09. At half, the score read 6-5 in favor of Ohio State. DeScenza collected six first-half saves vs. the Cardinals.
Following halftime, Ohio State controlled possession for the first 10 minutes of play before Ayers made an incredible athletic play at 21:01. The OSU midfielder went full extension to catch a pass in front of a crowded net and sent a quick shot in from above top to make it 7-5.
The back-and-fourth battle picked up intensity when the Cardinals struck twice at 17:59 and 17:23, respectively. Porretto gave the squad its third and fourth leads of the night when found the back of the cage at 15:10 on a free position attempt before scoring again at 13:10 to make it 9-8 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray.
Louisville tied it, 9-9, when Boltja scored on a free position attempt. Ohio State had late opportunity in regulation with Jackie Cifarelli held the ball behind net, but she couldn’t connect with Chase for the quick score to send the game into overtime. Boltja’s goal happened a minute and 23 seconds into double overtime following a won opening draw by the Cardinals. Ohio State is now 6-2 all-time against the Cardinals.