Oct. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State defeated the Michigan State women's soccer team, 3-1, on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes got goals from Ellyn Gruber, Nichelle Prince and Michela Paradiso as they improved to 8-3-3 and 2-2-2 in the Big Ten. MSU is now 7-5-2 overall and 1-5 in Big Ten play.
The two teams looked as if they might play a scoreless first half until the Buckeyes got on the board in the 39th minute. Gruber scored on a header from eight yards out to give OSU a 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes kept the pressure on the Spartans in the second half, but maintained just a 1-0 lead until the 71:15 mark when Prince scored to double OSU's lead.
The Spartans pushed back though and got on the board less than four minutes later in the 76th minute. Nicole Caruso took a pass from Kirsten Evans at the top of the box and her shot beat OSU goalkeeper Jillian McVicker to pull MSU to within 2-1. The goal was Caruso's second of the season.
Michigan State was unable to get any closer though as just over three minutes later, Paradiso dribbled into the box from the right and scored on the far side of the goal to give OSU a 3-1 lead.
The Buckeyes finished with a 21-6 edge in shots, including a 12-3 mark in the second half. Courtney Clem made three saves in goal for MSU, while McVicker also made three.
MSU will return to DeMartin Stadium next weekend for a pair of games. On Friday, MSU will meet Purdue at 4 p.m., while on Sunday the Green and White will take on Indiana at noon.