Buckeyes Fall in Tough Loss to Missouri in Home Opener
Sept. 13, 2002
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State University's women's soccer team (1-4, 0-0) concluded the opening evening's action at the 2002 Ohio State Tournament with a hard fought 3-1 loss to Missouri (3-1-1, 0-0)Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU was busy all evening on the offensive end as it registered 15 shots against Missouri's six. Nine separate Buckeyes recorded shots in the loss.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker praised her team for their efforts but also expressed some frustration toward the Buckeyes' misfortune.
"This is just the way things have gone for us all season," the sixth-year coach exclaimed. "We play brilliant soccer, but we are unable to finish in the box. I'm not angry with my players by any means, I'm angry for them. We just have to find a way to finish."
The Buckeyes penetrated Missouri's end repeatedly and racked up seven shots on goal as opposed to Missouri's three. However, the Tigers made the most of their chances as they netted goals in each of their shots aimed at the Buckeye net.
Ohio State held the Tigers without a shot on goal for 45:43 of the first period before Missouri forward Shea Swododa netted an unassisted goal, her first of the season.
Missouri opened the second half scoring with another unassisted goal at 64:45 in the match. This time fellow sophomore forward Kristen Heil drilled the ball into the Buckeye net from 12-yards out.
Down by a 2-0 count, Ohio State continued their attack at the Missouri goal, finally breaking through on a penalty kick by senior defender Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio)in the 76th minute. Miller's scoring opportunity resulted from deep penetration into the Missouri zone by sophomore forward Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.).
Miller and Grubb teamed up with freshman forward Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) as they pestered the Missouri defense throughout the night. The trio combined for eight of OSU's 15 shots on the evening.
Missouri concluded the scoring in the 83rd minute as freshman forward Amber Swinehart booted a scoring shot from 35-yards out following an inbound assist from fellow freshman forward Erica Pusch.
In the opening match of the night, Bowling Green (3-1-1) recorded a 1-0 victory in a defensive struggle over the University of Pittsburgh (3-2).
The Falcons wasted no time picking up the offensive pace in the second half as senior forward Jill Conover snapped the scoreless tie, sliding a shot past Pittsburgh keeper Jamie Pellusi from just outside the six-yard box in the 46th minute. Freshman forward Leslie Dawley assisted on the play.
All four participating teams take the field to conclude the tournament on Sunday as Bowling Green battles Missouri at 11 a.m. and Ohio State plays host to Pittsburgh with kick off set for 2:30 p.m.