Ohio State defeats Hawkeyes 3-1


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The Iowa soccer team’s Senior Day was a bitter one.

Just days after defeating Penn State for the first time in program history, the Hawkeyes lost to Ohio State, 3-1, on Sunday.

The loss is the Hawkeyes’ fifth of the season, making their overall record 12-5-1 and their Big Ten record 4-5-1.

“We made some mistakes that a good team will make you pay for,” head coach Ron Rainey said. “And Ohio State is a good team.”

Before the game took place, there was a brief ceremony commemorating Iowa’s two senior players, Alex Melin and Ashley Catrell.

“Before the game it was really emotional,” Catrell said. “We had the support from our families and everyone else’s families are out here today.”

But before the Hawkeyes could settle in, the Buckeyes found a way to put points on the board.

In the fourth minute of the match, Megan Fuller took a corner kick that was netted in the top right corner of the goal, just over the head of Iowa goalkeeper Hannah Clark.

The Buckeyes added to their lead at the 8:22 mark of the game. Ohio State’s Ellyn Gruber created down the left side of the field and found Nichelle Prince, who finished in the far left side of the net.

“Going down 2 goals was kind of tough in the beginning. I don’t think our whole team was ready for that to happen. It was kind of shock to us,” Catrell said. “I think we started to press more offensively after that.”

The Buckeyes third score came about mainly because of a miscommunication between two Hawkeye players. Junior Melanie Pickert and goalkeeper Clark both went for a ball in the box and collided. This left the goal unattended, leading to a goal by Ohio State’s Michela Paradiso.

“I thought the second half was good,” Rainey said. “But when you’re down 3 goals, [Ohio State’s] really playing for the clock to run out.”

The Hawkeyes lone score of the game came in the 64th minute on a penalty kick. This happened after an Ohio State’s Morgan Wolcott was given a yellow card in the box. Melanie Pickert scored on the penalty kick.

The goal was Pickert’s fifth of the season — she now shares the tem lead in this category.

“I couldn’t really see from where I was,” junior Caitlin Brown said. “They were saying she was grabbing her. I really don’t know.”

Despite the scoring difference, the Hawkeyes outshot the Buckeyes 20-10 during the match. Of Iowa’s 20 shots, eight of them were shots on goal.

“We need to move more off the ball defensively,” Catrell said. “We had a couple good chances, and they just weren’t falling today for us.”

The Hawkeyes will return to action on Saturday, when they will take on Purdue in the last regular-season game for the Hawkeyes. And despite the loss, Iowa is looking to learn from this game and get prepared for the next one.

“We got to come out ready next time. We can’t have letdowns like that, especially two of them in the first few minutes of the game,” Brown said. “We’ll look forward to this week, and thankfully, we have another chance to get a victory at our last home game.”

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