Women's Soccer Upsets No. 9 Connecticut, 2-1, In First Road Match
Sept. 7, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The Ohio State women's soccer team hit the road for the first time this season and scored a 2-1 upset of No. 9 Connecticut on a second half goal from Courtney Nein (Sr., Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) at the UConn/Diadora Classic in Storrs, Conn., Friday. The Buckeyes improve to 3-0-0 overall (0-0-0 Big Ten) while the host Huskies slip to 2-2-0 overall (0-0-0 BIG EAST).
"We are thrilled to pick up a strong win at this point in the season," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "Our players just fought and fought tonight and really played well as a team. To outshoot the number nine team in the nation on their home field is an accomplishment."
Emily Thorpe (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) put the visiting Buckeyes ahead early in the match with a goal at 4:53. UConn, which outshot the Buckeyes, 6-5, in the first half, netted the equalizer at 28:28 when Kristen Graczyk pushed the ball past OSU's Jen Heaney (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton). Heaney, making her second-consecutive start in goal, recorded four saves in 90 minutes of action.
The Buckeyes came out aggressively in the second half with Nein putting the ball behind UConn goalkeeper Maria Yatrakis at 55:36 to put OSU ahead for good. The Huskies were unable to clear the ball from their defensive end allowing Nein to capitalize. For the match, OSU outshot UConn, 14-12.
OSU, after getting whistled for offsides 15 times against Kent State Sept. 2, was not called for offsides Friday.
The Buckeyes return to action at noon Sunday against Boston College (0-2-0, 0-0-0 BIG EAST) in the final day of the UConn/Diadora Classic. BC fell to Georgia (2-0-1 overall, 0-0-0 SEC), 3-2, in the first match of the day. OSU's next home match is Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. against intrastate rival Bowling Green (2-0-1 overall, 0-0-0 MAC) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.