Buckeyes Women’s Soccer Falls 2-1 to Buffalo on Sunday

By Danielle Daniels

August 20, 2023

Kailyn Dudukovich scored her third goal of the season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Kailyn Dudukovich notched her third goal of the opening weekend but Buffalo scored a late goal and slipped by Ohio State 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

How it Happened

Dudukovich collected her third goal of the season in the 26th minute. Freshman Nette-Nina Hiltunen played a ball out of the back to Peyton McNamara near midfield and she made a great pass ahead to Dudukovich who finished inside the box.

Just over a minute later, Buffalo got the equalizer as Leah Wengender scored on a perfectly placed shot inside the left post. The score remained tied through the rest of the half.

In the second half, each team had a couple of quality scoring chances but neither could convert. Following a Buffalo corner kick in the 84th minute, Olivia Bizzoni collected a ball near midfield and found Arianna Zumpano inside the box. Her shot found the back of the net to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead.

The Buckeyes then pushed forward and the best chance came in the 86 minute as McNamara’s shot from the left side of the box snuck narrowly over the upper-right corner of the goal. It was a beautiful shot that did everything but go in. Buffalo then held on for the 2-1 win.


  • The goal by Dudukovich was her third of the young season. She is now just the fourth Buckeye to score three goals in the first two games of a season. She joins Lindsey Eckles (1999), Lisa Grubb (2001) and Emma Sears (2021 spring).
  • Freshman Nette-Nina Hiltunen had an assist on the goal, notching her first collegiate point.
  • Senior Peyton McNamara recorded her first assist of the year and the seventh of her career.

Up Next

Ohio State hits the road this week for matches at Memphis on Thursday and Montana on Sunday. Both matches will begin at 8 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+.