Around the Oval is our weekly look-in at the sports that don't always get the recognition they deserve.
We'll start this week off on a bitter note, as the Ohio State women's soccer team's unbelievable season came to a devastating end last Saturday. The Buckeyes went down in a penalty shoot-out to Oakland, 3-2.
Senior forward Tiffany Cameron scored her 21st goal of the season in the second half to tie the game, 1-1, but despite the Buckeyes tallying 15 second-half shots to two for the Grizzlies, the game went into overtime.
Ohio State and Oakland were both unable to tally a game-winner in either overtime period, sending the game into penalty kicks. Oakland held the advantage in penalty kicks, 3-2, to advance to the second round.
The 2012 seniors wrap up their careers as the winningest class in school history with 59 wins. The group of Cameron, Lauren Granberg, Jessie Greenberg, Kendyl Reed and Aly Walker advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, reaching the first College Cup and earning the first Big Ten Championship in program history in 2010.
A regular in this column, Cameron leaves Ohio State as the Buckeyes’ all-time leading goal scorer with 40 goals, and tallied 96 career points, also the most in school history.
Congratulations on a great season Buckeyes, and we can't wait to see what coach Lori Walker has in store for next year!
The Ohio State women's volleyball team had a very nice past week, sweeping their two games against Northwestern and Illinois at home.
Ohio State held on for a 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20) win over Northwestern November 7th at St. John Arena. Senior Mari Hole notched her 14th double-double of the year, with a team-best 19 kills and 13 digs. Senior Mariah Booth and junior Kaitlyn Leary each had 10 kills for the Buckeyes while sophomore Anna Faul and senior Emily Danks had five apiece. Defensively, the Buckeyes finished with 15 team blocks highlighted by Faul’s seven. She totaled a career-best four solo blocks with three block assists.
Next, OSU earned its fourth-straight 20-win season with a 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 16-25, 17-15) win over Illinois November 10th at St. John Arena. The win marked the first time since 2007 the Buckeyes have swept the series with the Illini. Hole picked up her 15th double-double of the season, finishing with 21 kills and 12 digs to guide the Buckeyes to the win. Her 21 kills was her seventh match this season with 20 or more.
Ohio State returns to action November 16th and 17th, facing Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., respectively. Game times are both set for 7 p.m.
The Ohio State men's hockey team had a two game set against Alaska this past week at Value City Arena.
OSU opened up its home schedule with a 1-1 tie and shootout win against Alaska on November 9th. Sophomore Max McCormick scored just 15 seconds into the third period to deadlock the game and senior goalie Brady Hjelle made 34 saves in the Buckeye net through overtime.
In the shootout, redshirt freshman Riley Simpson put Ohio State on the board and sophomore Ryan Dzingel scored the shootout winner in the sixth round after a save by Hjelle to open the round.
The next night was not so kind to the Scarlet and Gray, as they fell, 3-1, to Alaska. Freshman goalie Collin Olson had 42 saves, and junior Chris Crane put Ohio State ahead, 1-0, at 19:15 of the first period with a 5-on-3 goal but the Buckeyes were unable to maintain the lead.
Ohio State will continue its four-game homestand when it hosts Northern Michigan Friday and Saturday (Nov. 16-17) at 7:05 p.m. in Value City Arena.
The Ohio State men's soccer team concluded its season with a 2-0 loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten quarterfinals November 7th at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
The Buckeyes held Northwestern scoreless for the final 78-plus minutes of regulation, but two early goals created a gap the Buckeyes were unable to overcome. It's been a long season for OSU, and they finish the 2012 season with a 6-10-3 record.
"We just did not get off to a good start," John Bluem, 16-year Ohio State head coach, said. "To go down two goals 12 minutes into the game to a quality team like Northwestern, it's hard to come back from that."
The Buckeyes look forward to next season, where hopefully their young talent can develop and bring home better results.