COLUMBUS, Ohio A charged crowd of 1,007 left Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium thrilled Friday night as the Ohio State women’s soccer team defeated Illinois, 2-1, in two overtimes. Junior Lisa Collison scored the game winner 107 minutes into the match off an assist from Lara Dickenmann.
The win improved Ohio State’s record to 7-3-0 and 1-0-0 in the Big Ten Conference. Illinois had its four-game winning streak snapped and falls to 5-3-0 and 0-1-0 in the Big Ten.
“The leaders on this team are finding ways to win,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “Lisa Collison is finding her confidence and when Lara runs with the ball, that’s what she does best.”
Dickenmann had dribbled about 20 yards with the ball and was approaching the 18-yard box when she passed the ball against the flow to her right to an open Collison, who buried the game winner from about 10-yards out. The goal was her second of the season.
Ohio State is now 3-0-0 in overtime games this season and Dickenmann, an All-America and MAC Hermann Trophy (college soccer’s player of the year award), has points in each of the overtimes. She scored the game winning goals in the second overtime of wins over St. Louis and Ohio in addition to her assist today.
The game was as exciting a contest as one could hope for. Ohio State led, 1-0, at the end of the first half. Sophomore Ashley Bowyer started the scoring play by intercepting a ball at midfield and calmly sending a clean through pass to Collison, who was nearing the 18-yard box from the left side. Collison made a nice fake and a change-of-direction move to free herself and blasted a shot from 14-yards that hit the crossbar. Freshman Alex Burzynski was lingering unmarked in the box and she was able to push the rebound into the open net for her third goal of the season with Collison credited with an assist.
Illinois had multiple chances to score in the half. Just 3:49 into the game Chichi Nweke hit the crossbar from a shot in the box. Three minutes later Ella Masar fired a shot on goal from point blank range that Lauren Robertson caught. At 30:58 Robertson displayed superb reactions by getting her right mit on a blast off a set play. And at 31:05 Kara Gostisha hit the post from another shot from within the box.
Despite the best efforts of OSU goalkeeper Robinson, who was superb with five saves, the Illini finally tied it at 55:41 of the second half. Ella Masar fired a rocket that Robertson was able to save while falling backwards, but the rebound went to Laura Knutson who drove it home from about five yards away. Nweke also was credited with an assist.
It stayed this way for the remainder of the game and through the first overtime, setting the stage for more home-field heroics from the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 7-0-0 at home this season.
Ohio State is off until Friday, Oct. 5 when it travels to Evanston to take on Northwestern in a 7 p.m. game. The second half of the road swing will take the team to Madison for a game Sunday, Oct. 7 against the Badgers.
OSU News and Notes:
- Illinois fired 17 shots to Ohio State’s 13. Both teams had six shots on goal.
- Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann led Ohio State with three shots apiece while Illinois’ star, Ella Masar, had seven shots including three on goal.
- Seven Illini played the entire 107 minutes. Dickenmann, Lauren Hallauer and Lauren Robertson played the entire game for OSU.
- Alex Burzynski’s goal was her third of the season - second-most on the team - and first since the Sept. 9 win over San Diego.
- Burzynski is from Naperville, Ill.
- Collison’s three-point game was her personal high for 2007.
- Collison now has 58 points and is tied for 6th all-time at OSU in that category.
- Dickenmann has tied Lisa Suttmiller for second on OSU’s career points list with 83.
- As good as OSU's Robertson was in goal, she had excellent support from defenders Keiana Mitchell and freshmen Lauren Hallauer and Lauren Steuer.
- The game was Ohio State’s first Big Ten opener at home in four years, the last coming in 2003 against Iowa. Ohio State opened conference play the past three years at Wisconsin, Michigan and Purdue, respectively.
- Ohio State was 0-2-2 in its last four Big Ten openers and 2-10-2 all-time. A 2-1 win over Northwestern in 2002 was OSU’s last win to open a Big Ten season before tonight.
- Senior Carla Arbulu left the game in the first half with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. However, she was walking around on crutches after the game and OSU's coaches are hopeful that the injury is a bruise and not anything more severe.
- Sophomore Delina Papa replaced Arbulu and played 49 minutes in her first action of the year.