Women's Soccer Unseats No. 6 Virginia 1-0
Sept. 5, 2003
Columbus, Ohio - Despite a 22-9 disadvantage in shots and the absence of its leading scorer over the past three seasons, the Ohio State women's soccer team (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) bested 6th-ranked Virginia (2-1, 0-0 ACC) 1-0 Friday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win marks OSU's first over a Top 10 opponent since a 2-1 triumph over then-No. 4 Penn State on Oct. 26, 2001.
Minus junior forward and All-Big Ten performer Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.), who will miss the 2003 season after suffering a knee injury in the season opener, the Buckeyes used a first half tally by sophomore forward Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) to register its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference foe since topping Florida State in the 2000 season.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker was thrilled with her team's effort in the victory.
"We played a fantastic Virginia team," Walker said. "The ability to control a 1-0 lead for most of the game is something we are very pleased about. Our team has been on the flip side of a 1-0 deficit so it was nice to have things go our way. All together we played very well and beat an excellent Virginia squad."
Hoban connected on her only shot of the contest at the 26:35 mark of the first half after accepting a pass from fellow sophomore Danielle Dietrich (Cincinnati, Ohio) on the left side. Hoban fired a shot across the 6-yard box and into the left side of the goal past outstretched Virginia keeper Anne Abernathy for her second goal of 2003. The assist is Dietrich's first of the season.
The Buckeyes recorded their second shutout in as many games as junior keeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio) and freshman Staci Sinkway (Mission Viejo, Calif.) combined to deny the Cavaliers on 10 shots fired at the OSU goal. Haynam, who started the first half and recorded the win, tallied five saves, while Sinkway also claimed five saves as she minded the net in the second stanza. Sinkway notched three critical saves in the second half, coming at the 42:08, 32:55 and 12:41marks, as she thwarted a trio of threatening UVA attacks.
"I am extremely pleased with our performance in the goal box today," Walker said. "Staci Sinkway scored some very key saves for our squad in preserving the win. Having her come off the bench and perform well adds great confidence to our team. "
The victory over Virginia marks Ohio State's fourth-ever 3-0 start to a season in the 10-year history of the program and is the first since the 2001 campaign when the Buckeyes recorded their third win in as many matches with an upset at No. 9 Connecticut.
The Buckeyes next will see action Friday, Sept. 12 as they travel to Cincinnati for a 7 p.m. match with the Bearcats.
Virginia (2-1-0, 0-0) vs. Ohio State (3-0-0, 0-0) Date: Sep 05, 2003 Attendance: 217
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- VA.................. 0 0 - 0 OSU................. 1 0 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 26:35 OSU Hoban, Colleen (2) (Dietrich, Danielle) - pass from 6 to left side shot across net
Shots: VA 22, OSU 9 Saves: VA 3 (Anne Abernethy 3), OSU 10 (Sinkway, Staci 5; Haynam, Emily 5)