Sept. 18, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The Ohio State women's soccer team, playing in its first match in nine days because of the national tragedy Sept. 11, was shut out by visiting Bowling Green, 2-0, Tuesday in the Buckeyes' first match under the lights at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes slip to 3-2-0 overall (0-0-0 Big Ten) after dropping their second-consecutive match and the Falcons remain undefeated at 3-0-2 overall (0-0-1 MAC).
"My initial thought is that we (did not play well)," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "Bowling Green deserved both goals. They played outstanding and we didn't show up ready to bring our best game. I'm not very pleased with where we're at right now."
OSU dominated the shot column in the first half taking 11 shots to BGSU's two. The Falcons, though, capitalized on one of their opportunities with less than three minutes remaining. Jill Conover drove to the left side of Buckeye goalkeeper Jen Heaney (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) and tried to make a low pass to the center of the box. The pass skipped off and over Heaney to a waiting Tracy Gleixer who shot into an open net to give the Falcons a 1-0 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same story for the Buckeyes as they outshot their instate rivals, 10-4. Again, BGSU found a fortunate bounce inside the box when Kristy Coppes headed the ball into the net at 57:46. Katie Piening took a free kick just inside the Falcons' offensive zone and the ball first found the head of Beth Wechsler before Coppes put BGSU ahead, 2-0. OSU nearly connected on a few lucky bounces as well. In the game, five Buckeye shots hit the crossbar and deflected out of play.
"We just didn't seem to connect very well tonight," Emily Thorpe (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) said. "We missed a couple of big opportunities. Near the end of the match, we were getting down in their end and couldn't put anything in the goal." BGSU's goalkeeper Erika Flanders recorded nine saves in the shutout while Heaney totaled two.
OSU returns to action at 5:15 p.m. Friday in its Big Ten opener with Minnesota at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. All students presenting their BUCK-ID cards will be admitted free of charge.
BG- Tracy Gleixner, 42:21 (Jill Conover)
BG- Kristy Coppes, 57:46 (Beth Wechsler, Katie Piening)
BG- 9 (Flanders)
OSU- 2 (Heaney)