Buckeyes Claim First Victory of the 2002 Season
Sept. 8, 2002
Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State's women's soccer team (1-3,0-0) picked up its first victory of the 2002 season Sunday in the final match of the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic with a 5-1win over Georgetown University (1-3, 0-0). Four separate Buckeyes recorded goals as OSU totaled a season-high 21 shots.
Junior forward Lindsay Eckles (Hilliard, Ohio), sophomore forward and reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.) and freshman forward Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) each collected three points in the victory. Hoban led the Buckeye attack with two goals and one assist, while Grubb and Eckles netted one score a piece and registered two assists on the afternoon. Freshman forward Kristin Rhyne (Alpharetta, Ga.) contributed her first career goal as well.
Head Coach Lori Walker was pleased with the improved offensive effort, "We finally settled down and everyone played a lot more loose on the field. I think we were pressing a bit over the first three games and it's not that we have been playing poorly but we just haven't been able to finish off scoring opportunities," the sixth-year coach stated.
"Also, our freshman contributed well this weekend, we had a couple players score their first career goals today. This game should help alleviate that pressure we have been placing on ourselves and we should be able to just go out and play."
The Buckeyes opened up the scoring on the sweltering 94-degree day as Hoban tallied her first career collegiate goal in just the forth minute of the contest. Hoban assisted fellow freshman Kristin Rhyne as the Buckeyes struck again with what proved to be the match-winning score in the 16th minute. Grubb was credited with assists on both scores. Hoban would strike again less than five minutes later with a score in the 21st minute. Eckles assisted Hoban on the play and the Hilliard, Ohio would also round out the scoring for the first stanza with a goal in the 27th minute on an assist from sophomore defender Paige Harrison.
Walker attributed her team's offensive success to the Buckeye's strength in numbers during the scorching September afternoon.
"23 players saw action today and I think our depth proved to be the difference. We were able to rotate players on a regular basis and attack Georgetown with a high-pressure style."
Georgetown's goal was netted by junior forward Jessie Beers-Altman just 14 seconds after Hoban knocked in her second goal of the day. The time span between the scores by Hoban and Altman-Beers is tied for fourth in NCAA history for the fastest consecutive goals by opposing players. The record is currently set at six seconds between goals by opponents.
OSU returns to Columbus to serve as host to the 2002 Ohio State Tournament. The Buckeyes open up their 2002 home slate with a 7:30 match this Friday versus Missouri.