Sept. 15, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team handed 10th-ranked California its first loss of the season Friday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Tournament got underway. The Buckeyes (3-2-1) scored their game-winner in the 15th minute and outshot Cal (4-1-2) 15-10 in the match.
Ohio State's Jenna Greenwood (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Marshall) provided the game-winning goal with help from Lara Dickenmann (Jr., Kriens, Switzerland/Kantousschule Luzern), while the Buckeye defense, led by freshman goalkeeper Lauren Robertson (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita), kept the talented Bears squad in check.
"Our team always shows up against high-level opponents and Cal has a fantastic team," Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. "After being on the road for a couple weeks, it was good to get back home in the Jesse. It was a great environment here tonight and we are comfortable here. The first 45 minutes were the best 45 minutes we have played all season. Our motion and our defensive intensity were great and everyone was on the same page. In the second half, we just competed and found a way to win."
In the opening match Friday, Dayton topped Washington, 1-0.
Greenwood's goal, her second of the season, was a tap-in thanks to Dickenmann, who drove into the 18-yard box and blasted a shot that Cal goalkeeper Anna Key blocked but could not contain. Greenwood was there to collect the rebound and send the ball into the back of the net while Key was still on the ground.
Robertson had six saves as the Buckeyes shut out their third opponent of the season. All three shutouts have come at home.
Dickenmann collected a game-high five shots, while Melissa Miller (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) had four shots, all of which were on goal.
The Buckeyes conclude the Ohio State Tournament at 2 p.m. Sunday when they face Washington at 2 p.m. The day begins at 11:30 a.m. when Dayton takes on Cal.