Aug. 28, 2005
The No. 10 Ohio State women's soccer team shut out Xavier, 3-0, Sunday at Xavier University Soccer Complex in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Buckeyes completed a weekend sweep of their opponents, having defeated Kent State, 2-1, Friday night. The last time Ohio State started a season 2-0 was in 2003.
"The rhythm for our team in the first half was strong," Lori Walker, head coach said. "We are starting to see some personality emerge and in the second half we were determined to pull things together. The game was really flowing together for us."
In the first half, neither team was able to get on the board. The Buckeyes fired seven shots in the stanza, including three that were on goal. Defensively, OSU goalkeeper Shannon Neely (Jr., Dublin, Ohio/Ohio Premier) received time in the net and notched two saves, keeping the game scoreless going into the half.
The Buckeyes put up an offensive surge in the second half, beginning with Lara Dickenmann's (So., Kriens, Switzerland/Sursee) tipped shot off of a corner kick at the 51:28 mark. As Dickenmann attempted to put the Buckeyes on the board, a Xavier defender tipped in the ball, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later (54:12) Lisa Collison (Fr., Niagara Falls, Ontario/Burlington Flames) scored her second goal of the weekend 35 yards out from the middle of the pitch. Dickenmann was credited with the assist. Carleta Arbulu (So., Grover Beach, Calif./So Cal United) rounded out the Buckeye scorers after she fired a shot to the back of the net in the 78th minute of action. Dickenmann earned her second point of the day, as she garnered the assist. Staci Sinkway (So., Mission Viejo, Calif./So Cal Blues) received the call and made three saves, while the Buckeye offense compiled 14 shots in the second half.
Ohio State out shot Xavier 21-12, including 10 shots on goal. The Buckeyes had a 6-3 corner kicks advantage and Ohio State recorded six total saves, in addition to a team save, compared to the Musketeers seven.
The Scarlet and Gray return to the road for another in-state challenge against the Cincinnati Bearcats at 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Dayton Flyer Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. The match, to be played on Baujan Field, precedes the Buckeyes' contest vs. Furman at 11 a.m. Sept. 4.
Soccer Game Summary (Final) #10 Ohio State vs Xavier (Aug 28, 2005 at Cincinnati, Ohio)
Ohio State (2-0-0) vs. Xavier (1-1-0) Date: Aug 28, 2005 Attendance: 623 Weather: 87 and Sunny
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Ohio State.......... 0 3 - 3 Xavier.............. 0 0 - 0
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 51:28 OSU OWN GOAL (unassisted) 2. 54:12 OSU Lisa Collison (2) (Lara Dickenmann) - 35 yds from middle of field 3. 78:29 OSU Carleta Arbulu (1) (Lara Dickenmann) - Own Goal
Shots: Ohio State 21, Xavier 12 Saves: Ohio State 6 (Staci Sinkway 3; Shannon Neely 2; Team 1), Xavier 7 (DONALDSON, Ashley 5; TEAM 2)