Aug. 25, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 10 Ohio State women's soccer played to a 1-1 tie with the Oregon Ducks in its exhibition opener Tuesday night at the Nike Campus southeast of Portland, Ore.
"I am happy about our performance and effort tonight," John Lipsitz,OSU assistant coach, said. "We did some great things with the ball and also made many mistakes that we can learn from for this coming weekend. I had two goals I wanted to accomplish during the game. First, I wanted to see where we were as a team after preseason. And second I wanted to play 22 players. We accomplished both of these. Our players worked together and all 22 players saw considerable amounts of action. Though we were not in mid-season form we did control the game. I think we will be ready to put on a good show against Portland and Washington."
The Buckeyes got on the board early in the 13th minute on a goal by freshman midfielder Lara Dickenmann (Kries, Switzerland), when she redirected a Melissa Miller (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) shot from eight yards to the left center of the net.
Ball possession would flip-flop between the teams for a majority of the contest until Oregon midfielder Cristan Higan converted a penalty kick just after the 80th minute of play.
At the end of the contest, the Buckeyes held an unofficial 9-8 shot edge, while goal keepers, Emily Haynam (Sr., Westerville, Ohio), Jen Heaney (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and Shannon Neely (So., Dublin, Ohio) combined for six saves.
Lisa Grubb (Jr., Portage, Mich.), playing in her first competitive match since suffering an injury, Aug. 29, 2003, led the Buckeyes in shots with three.
Ohio State will enjoy a two-day rest before meeting No. 7 Portland, 2002 national champion, at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 27 as part of the Husky/Nike Invitational at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash.