Sept. 21, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The Ohio State women's soccer team (3-3-0 overall, 0-1-0 in the Big Ten) opened its Big Ten Conference slate with a loss, 1-0, to Minnesota Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Golden Gophers (2-3-0 overall, 1-0-0 Big Ten) capitalized on their lone scoring opportunity to end their consecutive loss streak at three.
"The fans saw an exciting game," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "We had 21 shots to their one. We have to be able to finish our chances. I'm very proud of my team. We're playing some of the best soccer we've ever played, but we've got to be able to put the ball in the back of the net."
OSU had many opportunities to score but UM goalkeeper Julie Eibensteiner recorded eight saves to preserve the shutout. Lindsay Eckles (Jr., Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) led the Buckeyes with five shots, four on goal, and Emily Thorpe (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) added four. The Golden Gophers did capitalize in the 64th minute. Rachael Roth took UM's only corner kick and played the ball into the box. After the ball rattled off several Buckeye and Golden Gopher players, Allison Rackley put the ball into the back of the net.
The Buckeyes return to action at 2 p.m. Sunday when they travel to No. 15 Kentucky at Lexington, Ky. OSU's next home match is at 6 p.m., Oct. 5, when the Michigan Wolverines visit Columbus.
1 2 F
Minnesota 0 1 1
Ohio State 0 0 0
UM- Allison Rackley, 63:51 (Rachael Roth)