September 8, 2010

Vikings Fall To Ohio State, 2-0

Sept. 8, 2010

The Cleveland State Vikings (4-1-1) lost to 2-0 to Ohio State (5-1-1) on Wednesday night in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Viking goalkeeper Kelly Zinkiewich had a dozen saves and now furthers herself as the Viking all-time saves leader.

"We were under fire all night," head coach Derrek Falor said. "But I am really proud of my defense."

Defender Jessica McCloy made the first save for the Vikings only seconds into the game when she had to come from nowhere to kick a ball off the line that beat Zinkiewich.

Zinkiewich came up with her own save when Ohio State forward Tiffany Cameron found herself on a breakaway. After a great pass from the midfielder, Cameron ran down the side, tried to slip the ball past Zinkiewich, but the goalkeeper pushed away the chance.

After those two early saves by the Vikings, the Buckeyes finally scored on a cross. Caitlyn Martin tallied her second goal of the year on a header from ten yards out at the 29:08 mark of the first half.

Ohio State would take the 2-0 lead at the 54:47 after the halftime break. Martin scored her second of the night as she finished from inside the six yard box off the cross from Sullivan, again.

Cleveland State would finish with just ten-players when Valerie Stahl tripped up Tiffany Cameron on a breakaway. Stahl was shown the straight red card, but may have saved another Buckeye goal.

The Buckeyes would finish with 40 shots to CSU's 4 and Ohio State had 15 corner kicks to the Vikings 0.

Kelly Zinkiewich denied the Buckeyes a third goal after a penalty shot was awarded for the Buckeyes. The Buckeye Cameron took the shot, but Zinkiewich made the finger tip save diving to her right.

Zinkiewich finished with 10 saves. She now is only 12 from reaching sixth place in Horizon League history and completes the night with 331 career saves.

The Vikings return home, where they remain unbeaten, Friday (Sept 10) night and face Ohio University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field.

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