Aug. 23, 2003
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team fell in another tight exhibition contest at the 2003 Soccer Showcase at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Following a 2-1 defeat Friday night vs. Kentucky, the Buckeyes held their own with perennial power North Carolina, as the Tarheels escaped with a 3-2 victory Saturday evening.
A first half goal by junior transfer Kathy Fulk (Kentucky/ Dublin, Ohio) led to a 2-1 North Carolina advantage at intermission before the Tarheels jumped ahead 3-1 midway through the second period. Sophomore forward Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) helped the Buckeyes cut the UNC lead back to one goal after she tallied her first score of the weekend. Freshman defender Melissa Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) assisted on Fulk's goal, while freshman Jackie Lafond (Milton, Mass.) aided in Hoban's goal. North Carolina ultimately held on for the 3-2 victory.
The one-goal loss served as Ohio State's second of the showcase as the Buckeyes suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Kentucky Wildcats Friday evening. Junior forward Liz Mumley (Reston, Va.) contributed one goal against the Wildcats after receiving an assist from fellow junior Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.).
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker was impressed by the Buckeye's efforts in both exhibition contests.
"First of all, this was a fantastic event," Walker, who lettered four times as a Tarheel in her collegiate career, said. "The event was well-run and featured tremendous competition. IPFW deserves a lot of credit.
"As for our performance, our team played seasoned soccer. We proved we are well along in just two exhibition matches into the season. We challenged North Carolina tonight and had them chasing us on numerous scoring opportunities. I am pleased with our performance. It is indicative of what our team can be this season."
Ohio State opens the regular season Friday as the Buckeyes play host to Indiana State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.