The Ohio State women’s soccer team opened the NCAA tournament with a victory Saturday, knocking off regional No. 4 seed Tennessee, 3-0, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Junior forward Tiffany Cameron netted two of OSU’s goals, including a seventh-minute strike that set the tone early. She now has a team-leading eight goals on the season.
OSU extended its lead to 2-0 on a 68th minute goal from sophomore midfielder Kristen Niederhaus. Cameron followed that up with her second goal of the game six minutes later.
The Buckeyes outshot the Volunteers, 20-10, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner only needed to make three saves on her way to picking up her seventh shutout of the season. It was also her fourth shutout in six career NCAA tournament contests.
The Buckeyes haven’t been as successful as they have wanted on the offensive attack lately, so the three scores were a welcome sign for the Buckeyes and coach Lori Walker.
“For a team that’s struggled to find the back of the net, it was critical for us to have (Cameron) find the back of the net,” Walker said following the game according to the team’s webpage. “I think we have known all along that we are a quality team but soccer’s a cruel game and sometimes you don’t always get the results. … Hopefully we can continue this run.”
The Buckeyes (11-8-2) advance to play second-seeded Milwaukee in the second round at 5 p.m. Friday at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.