Sept. 27, 2002
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (3-4-1, 1-0-1) battled the 19th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (6-1-1, 2-0-1) for 110 minutes Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium resulting in a 0-0 double-overtime tie. With the draw, OSU snaps the Boilermakers five-game win streak.
In what has been a tightly contested series in the recent history between the two schools, as neither team has prevailed by more than one goal over the past four meetings, Friday night's match proved to be the closest contest of them all as both teams fought through a physical and defensive Big Ten match up.
"This was a contest between two very good teams battling it out." OSU head coach Lori Walker said about the match. "I think both teams had maybe one shot on goal apiece in the first half. That is a credit to both defenses. For us, we treat a match like this as a win. The result keeps us undefeated in the league and helps us in the national scene."
Purdue ultimately took the final advantage in shot attempts (15-12) with consecutive scoring attacks in the first overtime, as Boilermaker forward Lauren Sesselman penetrated the OSU zone and fired a shot just wide of the Buckeye net in the 96th minute. Shortly thereafter, Purdue forward Annette Kent took a shot from nearly 35 yards out that struck the OSU crossbar with just 37 seconds left in the period.
OSU senior defenders Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio) and Shelley Besson (Kettering, Ohio), along with Buckeye keeper Jen Heaney (Cincinnati, Ohio) led a spectacular defensive effort that held Purdue scoreless on 15 shots, six of which were saved by Heaney. Miller came up with two of the most significant plays of the game in the second half as she cleared a dangerous Purdue threat in the 57th minute and blocked a potential game-winning shot by Purdue forward Lisa Perez in the 79th minute of play.
"Jen has been doing it all year for us." Walker said of her senior co-captain. "Her defensive play and leadership have been such valuable commodities to this team. She has been the heart and soul of our defense and leading us to a tie with a ranked team is tremendous."
On the offensive end for OSU, eight separate Buckeyes recorded shots in the match, led by freshman forward Danielle Dietrich (Cincinnati, Ohio) who tallied four shots on the night with two of them testing the Purdue net. Other Buckeyes recording shots on goal for the evening were Miller and sophomore midfielder Emily Gilbert (Cincinnati, Ohio), each with one.
The Buckeyes take the field again on Sunday versus the Indiana Hoosiers at 2:30 p.m.