Sept. 8, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (2-2-1; 0-0-0 Big Ten) fell, 3-0, to Kentucky (3-2-0; 0-0-0 SEC) Friday night at the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky.
Ohio State is back in action Sept. 15 and Sept. 17 when it co-hosts the Ohio State Tournament with Dayton. Both teams will welcome No. 16 California and Washington to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Action gets underway at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 with the first game pitting Washington against Dayton. Ohio State will be featured in game two and will play Cal at 7:30 p.m.
On day two of the tournament Sept. 17, Cal will open against Dayton at 11:30 a.m. OSU will play Washington at 2 p.m. to conclude the weekend.
Both teams had a few chances to put their respective squads on the board in the first half. Lara Dickenmann (Jr., Kriens, Switzerland/DFC Sursee) got Ohio State started offensively when she fired a shot in the 20th minute at Wildcat goalkeeper Anne Ogundele, who was able to make the save. A header that was set up by a UK corner kick almost gave Kentucky the lead, but the shot attempt went wide right, keeping the game at a scoreless tie. After taking five shots with none on goal, Kentucky scored its first goal of the game in the 29th minute (28:10) courtesy of a Kristin Kover shot from the left corner of the 18-yard box. Megan Jones was on the assist.
The Buckeyes took six shots in the stanza, including three on goal. In addition to Dickenmann, tri-captains Melissa Miller (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping) and Lisa Grubb (Sr., Portage, Mich., Michigan Hawks) forced Ogundele to make two more stops in the 34th and 36th minutes, respectively. "We executed pretty well for the first half," Lori Walker, head coach, said. "Kentucky was able to take advantage and expose us and after they scored that first goal, in put us on our heels. With 15 minutes left in the game, we changed shaped and went to a more attacking offense, which left us exposed in the back. We were fighting, trying to make something happen, but I have to give credit to Kentucky. We will take a couple of days off and regroup Monday."
Goalkeeper Shannon Neely (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Ohio Premier) received the start in place of Lauren Robertson (Fr., Mission Viejo, Calif./So Cal Blues), who had to sit out the match because she was issued a red card in the Buckeyes' match up against Pepperdine Sept. 3. Neely made two saves in the half.
Miller attempted to bring the Buckeyes even with an on-goal shot in the 60th minute, but Ogundele once again was able to make the stop. Kentucky added its second goal in the 80th minute (79:58) when Sara Gaunt scored 15 yards out, placing the ball in the upper left corner of the net. Jones again was credited with the assist. UK then solidified the win after Julie Hull scored the Cats' third goal of the game with 4:45 (85:55) left in the match.
For the match, the Buckeyes took 11 shots with four on goal compared to the Wildcats' 17 shots (eight on goal). Neely made five stops total and Ogundele had four saves. OSU had four corner kicks to UK's three.
Ohio State (2-2-1) vs. Kentucky (3-2-0) Date: Sept. 08, 2006 Attendance: 883
Goals by period 1 2 Total Ohio State 0 0 0 Kentucky 1 2 3
Scoring Summary: 1. 28:10 UK Kristin Kover (2) (Megan Jones) - shot from left corner of 18-yard box 2. 79:58 UK Sarah Gaunt (3) (Megan Jones) - shot from 15 yards out, upper left corner 3. 85:55 UK Julie Hull (1) (Giuleana Lopez) - centering pass and shot inside right post
Shots: Ohio State 11, Kentucky 17 Saves: Ohio State 5 (Neely,Shannon 5), Kentucky 4 (Anne Ogundele 4)
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