COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to host Duke in the final game of the Duke adidas Classic in Durham, N.C., Sunday. The loss was the third-consecutive for the 29th-ranked (Soccer Buzz Magazine) Buckeyes and leaves them with a 6-3 record heading into the start of Big Ten play on Friday. Duke improves to 5-1-2 on the year.
“We tried to fight our way through this game in the 90 degree heat, but we had issues in our ability to battle for 90 minutes,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “It was very difficult to bounce back after a loss in an emotionally draining game like we played against North Carolina on Friday.”
Two losses on this trip to ACC country will not be the only memories for the Buckeyes. Walker is hoping for some positives that will manifest themselves as the season goes on.
“You take a trip like this to allow the game of soccer to teach us,” Walker said. “As long as we can gather some lessons from the weekend, it won’t be a total loss. Carolina and Duke are teams we want to see in November [in NCAA competition].
“Going forward, I think we’ve learned to play faster. And I think we’ve learned that it takes putting 90 minutes together on the field to finish and win games.”
Duke took a 1-0 lead on a goal late in the first half in the 43rd minute by Madeline McEwen off an assist from Kendall Bradley. That score held for the final minutes of the half and the Blue Devils went into intermission with a 1-0 lead.
Ohio State came out strong and tied the score five minutes into the second half on a Lara Dickenmann drive that caromed in off the right goal post. Senior Amanda Ball assisted on the play. The goal was Dickenmann’s team-leading fourth of the season. Ball’s assist was her second.
“Lara hit a great ball to the short corner...she was able to bend it in,” Walker said. “It was great awareness on her part.”
Just six minutes later the Blue Devils retaliated to take a 2-1 lead. Elisabeth Redmond set up C.J. Ludemann, who blasted a shot from 23-yards away that found the back of the net.
Ohio State was not able to counter with a tying goal, despite sending a couple of shots toward Duke goalkeeper Allison Lipsher, the defensive MVP of the tournament, with approximately 17 minutes to play in the game. Carla Arbulu was wide right on her attempt and Lisa Collison’s shot was smothered by Lipsher, who finished with two saves on the day.
OSU’s Lauren Robertson also had two saves. Duke had 11 shots for the game while Ohio State attempted a season-low six shots.
Dickenmann and sophomore Ashley Bowyer were each selected to the 11-player Duke adidas Classic all-tournament team.
Ohio State Notes:
- Ohio State’s three-game losing streak is its first since the 2005 season, a stretch of 36 games.
- Lara Dickenmann now has 27 career goals and 82 career points, totals that rank 5th and 3rd, respectively, on the all-time Ohio State lists.
- Tri-captain Amanda Ball has recorded the first and second assists of her career in games this season.
- Ohio State opens Big Ten Conference play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Illinois was picked by the conference head coaches to finish second in the Big Ten. Ohio State was picked to finish fourth.
- Ohio State hosts this season all three teams predicted to finish ahead of it in the standings. In addition to Illinois, Purdue (Oct. 28) and Penn State (Nov. 2) also come to Columbus this year.
- Lori Walker on Ashley Bowyer: “Ashley played extremely well in the midlfield and made a difference.”
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Duke 2, No. 29 Ohio State 1
Duke adidas Classic
Sept. 23, 2007 at Durham, N.C.
Records: Duke 5-1-2; Ohio State 6-3
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Ohio State............0 1 0 0 - 1
Duke..................1 1 0 0 - 2
1. 2:17 Duke Madeline McEwen (1) (Kendall Bradley
2. 40:05 OSU Lara Dickenmann (4) (Amanda Ball)
3. 34:06 Duke C.J. Ludemann (1) (Elisabeth Redmond)
Shots: Duke 11, Ohio State 6
Saves: Duke 2 (Allison Lipsher 2), Ohio State 2 (Lauren Robertson 2)
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