Sears goal gives Ohio State a 1-0 victory at Kansas – Ohio State Buckeyes

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Columbus, Ohio –The Ohio State women’s soccer team opened the 2022 season on a winning note Thursday night, beating Kansas 1-0 in Lawrence thanks to a second-half goal from senior forward Emma Sears.

Sears scored nearly nine minutes into the second half to break a scoreless tie, and from there the Ohio State defense, led by starting goaltender Katherine Robinson, made him stand up. Robinson made three saves in the second half and finished with five total saves on the night.

How did it happen
The first half was played equally between the two teams, at least on the score sheet. The Buckeyes had a 6-5 advantage in shooting and each goaltender made two saves.

In the 69th minute, however, Sears netted an assist from Kailyn Dudukovich for what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Over the next four minutes, Robinson made two saves to hold the one-goal lead.


  • Ohio State is 17-9-4 in a season opener and hadn’t won a season opener since 2017
  • It was the first ever meeting between the two programs
  • OSU head coach Lori Walker-Hock served as the first head coach in Kansas women’s soccer history. She coached the Jawhawks in the 1995 and 1996 seasons before moving to Ohio State. It was his first meeting against his former team.
  • Robinson, a 35-game veteran at Pittsburgh, recorded her ninth career shutout.
  • The contest was the first official regular season contest for an Ohio State program for the 2022-23 academic year.

The Buckeyes stay on the road and will face Missouri this Sunday in Colombia. First contact is set for 12:05 p.m. ET and the match will be streamed (for a fee) on SEC Network+. This will be the sixth all-time meeting between the two programs.

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