Sept. 1, 2002
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (0-2) was defeated by the 15th ranked (NSCAA) St. Mary's (Calif.) Gaels, 3-1, in the California Invitational on Sunday at the University of California's Edwards Stadium. Sophomore forward Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.) netted the first goal of the 2002 campaign for the Buckeyes in the 48th minute. She was assisted on the play by senior team captain Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio).
The Gaels took an early 1-0 lead at the 35:15 minute mark when Shauna Rech chipped an 18-yard shot over OSU Senior goal keeper Jen Heaney (Cincinnati, Ohio) on an assist from freshman Joelle Gizzi. Heaney registered four saves on the evening.
The Gaels would add another score to go up 2-0 at the 43rd minute. This time it was defender Jen Belzer who fired a shot from the left flank while falling down to tally the game-winner. Crenshaw earned the assist.
The Gaels would add one more score two minutes later to put away the Buckeyes 3-1. Crenshaw headed in her first goal of the season thanks to a Sarah Churchill corner kick.
Despite OSU's first 0-2 start in team history, Head Coach Lori Walker was pleased with her team's effort throughout the tournament. "We came out and had two extremely difficult games against two nationally ranked opponents. I think in the end that will make us a better team and we have earned the respect of two of the top teams in the nation. I am not disappointed by any means at the team's performance."
OSU will next play Marquette University in the opener of the 2002 University of Dayton Flyer Classic on Friday, September 6th at 6 p.m. The Buckeyes will conclude the tournament Sunday versus Georgetown University at 2:30 p.m. All games will be played at Dayton's Bajuan Field.