I went to the Nebraska-Ohio State women's soccer game (in Lincoln, NE). The women lost 2-0, and those two goals came in the first few minutes; the Lady Buckeyes came out very flat.
They pressed much better in the second half, and won more 50/50 balls, but the problem was that Nebraska bunkered down a bit, which made getting a decent shot off, very difficult.
Two things: 1) I was honestly shocked that the Nebraska women's team was (overall) more athletic than our Buckeyes. No joke, it was that noticeable, especially in midfield, where they seemed to have better ball control. And Nebraska's women seemed to be a bit more physical. Nebraska's back four was terrific; our forwards generally only got shots off if they happened to find a seam between the center-backs (e.g. Nya did this well, a few times) or if one of our girls could beat 2-3 of theirs around the box, and get a shot off. That didn't happen very often.
I bring all that up, because I was surprised at the difference in conditioning/athleticism, and ball control in midfield. Ohio is hotbed of soccer, and while Nebraska has an excellent soccer community, there is no way we should be out-done like that. I have no idea if it's a strength/conditioning thing, or more to do with talent.