Borchers Nets a Pair as Buckeye Women's Soccer Drops Spartans
September 25, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With less than two minutes remaining, Senior midfielder Becky Borchers (Dayton, Ohio) netted the game-winning goal, boosting Ohio State to a 2-1 victory over Michigan State at the OSU Sports Field Friday evening.
Ohio State opened the first half with a monster offensive push and did not let up the entire period. Borchers put OSU on the board first in the 11th minute when she finished an Emily Thorpe (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) pass. Thorpe squeezed a ball through the Spartan defense which Borchers touched twice and buried far post, past a diving Mara Lee. Borchers tallied two other shots in the period, one that was headed straight for the left post that Lee punched away.
Jennifer Plante (Sr., Jacksonville, N.C.) and Melanie Vierling (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) both failed to convert on diving headers that Lee snared with her outstretched hands as OSU outshot MSU 6-4 in the opening stanza.
Michigan State's Kim Shepela put up a pair of shots in the first half, both of which were struck well, but just over the crossbar.
The Spartans dominated the second half, ripping eight shots and knotting the score in the 54th minute. After a Michigan State cross into the center of the box, Gina Dawson somehow touched the ball toward goal amid a crowd of defenders. Kim Van Cleef struck the loose ball and OSU keeper Amber Barnes (So., Fairfield, Ohio) at the same time, a collision that knocked both players to the ground and the ball into the net. Michigan State took advantage of a dragging OSU squad and pressured the Buckeye goal for the remainder of the game to no avail. Katie Martorella (Jr., Englewood, Colo.) almost buried a free kick just outside the box, cranking the set piece into the crossbar.
With the teams deadlocked in a 1-1 tie, Martorella tapped a ball behind the MSU back line that Borchers chipped over Spartan goalkeeper Mara Lee's head in the 89th minute to seal the contest. The Buckeyes move to 6-2-0 for the season and earned their first conference win (1-2-0). OSU plays host to No. 24 Michigan, Sunday at 1 p.m.