Sept. 19, 2003
Columbus, Ohio - The 12th-ranked Ohio State women's soccer team (5-0-1, 0-0-1) failed to hold onto a late one-goal advantage, as the Buckeyes settled for a 1-1 tie against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2003 Big Ten opener Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The tie marks the first blemish in six games this season, but also helps the team record the best start to a season in program history.
For the fifth time in six matches the Buckeyes out shot their opponent, as OSU held a 19-14 edge in strikes, which included an 8-4 ledger in a first half dominated by the Ohio State attack. Juniors Paige Harrison (Centerville, Ohio) and Emily Gilbert (Cincinnati, Ohio), who connected for two goals in Ohio State's 3-1 win over Coastal Carolina Sunday, hooked up again, as Harrison fired a corner kick from the right side and found Gilbert for a header attempt that Iowa keeper Britta Vogele denied. Sophomore forward Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) collected the rebound and deposited the ball into the left side of the net in the 24th minute. The goal is Hoban's team-high fourth of the season, while Gilbert and Harrison notched their fifth and fourth assists, respectively.
Ohio State carried the one-goal advantage deep into the second half, as the Buckeyes controlled play with a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks. However, the lead failed to hold true as Hawkeye forward Katelyn Quinn escaped on a breakaway past the OSU backline and beat an extended Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio) to knot the score at 1-1 in the 88th minute of play.
The Buckeyes attempted to answer a minute later, but a Danielle Dietrich (So./ Cincinnati, Ohio) strike sailed high and the contest proceeded to overtime. Neither team took control in the first extra session, as the Buckeyes recorded the lone shot attempt of the period. The second overtime saw the Buckeyes record the only true scoring threat, as junior Kathy Fulk (Dublin, Ohio) narrowly missed a match-winning strike in the 102nd minute of play. Fulk fired a shot from the right side of the 6-yard box aimed at the center of the net, but was denied by Vogele, who deflected the shot with a fully-extended right hand.
The draw helped the Buckeyes remain undefeated, as the 2003 team now stakes claim to the best start to a season in program history, topping the 1996 and 1998 squads, which started their seasons at 5-1.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker was pleased with her team's performance for the majority of the match, but expressed that her team must complete an entire game if they want to claim a top spot in the conference standings.
"We did not play the full 90 minutes tonight," Walker said. "But, we have to take a positive from this game. We were able to hold off a good Iowa team and gain control in overtime. However, if we are going to succeed in the Big Ten and the rest of the season, we cannot have lapses in the final moments of the match."
Ohio State concludes its current three-game home stand with a Noon match against the Penguins of Youngstown State Sunday.
IOWA (3-3-1, 0-0-1) vs. OSU (5-0-1, 0-0-1) Date: Sep 19, 2003 Attendance: 582 Weather:
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot ------------------------------------- IOWA................ 0 1 0 0 - 1 OSU................. 1 0 0 0 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 21:32 OSU Hoban, Colleen (4) (Miller, Heather;Harrison, Paige) - corner kick, rebound header from into left side 2. 87:51 IOWA Quinn, Katelyn (5) (Oswald, Danielle;Brianna Damstetter) - breakaway past extended keeper
Shots: IOWA 14, OSU 19 Saves: IOWA 6 (Vogele, Britta 5; Team 1), OSU 4 (Haynam, Emily 4) double overtime tie
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