No. 22 Ohio State records third straight shutout, beats Lehigh 4-0

Ohio State senior midfielder Emma Goldean (8) battles for the ball against a Virginia player in the Buckeye end zone during the Ohio State-Virginia game on September 19, 2021. The Ohio State lost 1-2. Credit: Sophia Tobias | For The Lantern

The No. 22-ranked Buckeyes continued their strong start to the season with a 4-0 victory over Lehigh in which the Buckeyes’ offense and defense shone.

Ohio State (3-0) defeated the Mountain Hawks (1-3) in its first home game of the season at Buckeye Varsity Field on Sunday.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said junior midfielder Makenna Webster. “We really worked hard. At first we struggled a bit, but then we regrouped and got over it, and we did well. We played a great game. »

The Buckeyes’ defense has been solid so far, allowing no goals in any of the three games they’ve played and limiting Lehigh to just six shots the entire game.

“They’ve been amazing,” second-year midfielder Cameryn Forgash said. “They’ve been like a brick wall.”

Junior goaltender Abby Danson won a week by winning the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, and she continued her solid game with another shutout.

“She’s so good,” Forgash said. “Beyond just a defensive player, she’s just amazing.”

The first quarter was a back and forth which the Buckeyes won when senior midfielder Leanne Bough scored her first goal of the season, finding the bottom left of the cage to take a 1- 0. The goal was assisted by senior full-back Delaney Lawler and senior midfielder Emma Goldean.

“I thought the first quarter wasn’t our best,” head coach Jarred Martin said. “As the game went on, we got better and better. We were able to take care of the ball a little more, especially on the attacking side.

The Buckeyes continued to score in the second quarter with a goal late in the half by Forgash to put them up 2-0. Goldean got the assist for his second of the game.

Freshman forward Zella Bailey gave the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead with an assist from Webster. Webster shot from the left and Bailey swung the ball between the legs of senior Lehigh goaltender Maddie Kahn to score.

Bailey’s second goal of the year ties her with three other Buckeyes for the lead early in the season.

Ohio State dominated in the third quarter, managing to get eight shots and giving up no shots to the Mountain Hawks.

The Buckeyes continued to attack in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore midfielder Claudia Thomas added her own goal six minutes into the fourth period to give the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead. Webster got help on a deflection that went straight to Thomas.

Four different players scored all four goals for the Buckeyes in the game, and Martin said depth is a strength for the team.

“We have a lot of different people putting the ball in the net,” Martin said. “It’s going to be difficult trying to tag someone for us. We have a line of arms in front.

Danson only faced five shots on goal, but got it when she needed it with just one save. She has made 12 saves this season and three shutouts.

“Our defense has been great,” Martin said. “You can see the maturity. They have a good connection with each other.

Ohio State travels to Oxford, Ohio to face the Miami RedHawks (2-2) on Sept. 11 for its next game.