OSU Suffers First Loss in Conference Play to Indiana, 3-1
Sept. 29, 2002
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (3-5-1, 1-1-1) fell by a 3-1 count to the Indiana Hoosiers (5-3-1, 2-1-1) in a Big Ten conference match Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The loss marks the first time OSU has lost a regular season Big Ten contest since dropping a 1-0 decision to Michigan State on Oct. 7, 2001 in Columbus.
The Buckeyes and Hoosiers played to a scoreless tie through the first 26 minutes of play until IU midfielder Emily Holtz broke through the OSU zone and netted an unassisted goal from 25 yards out at the 27:51 mark of the match.
Indiana would conclude the scoring in the first stanza on a Kristen Zmijewski goal in the 37th minute of play. Zmijewski, a freshman forward for IU, notched her first goal of 2002 as she fired a shot past extended OSU keeper Jen Heaney (Cincinnati, Ohio) for a 2-0 Hoosier advantage. Zmijewski was assisted on the play by fellow forward Jenny Mann.
The Buckeyes retaliated in the second half as they combined three shots on the IU goal between the 55th and 57th minutes. OSU freshman forward Kristen Clark (Columbus, Ohio) started the Buckeye rally with a shot that fell just wide of the IU net at 54:18. Ohio State sophomore Heather Miller (Centerville, Ohio) and senior Sarah Lanham (Middletown, Ohio) each registered shots on goal in the following minute at 55:13 and 55:29, respectfully.
However, IU would halt the Buckeye threat and answer in the 74th minute of play as Hoosier midfielder Kim Grodek headed a shot past new OSU keeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio). The goal stands as Grodek's second of the season as she received a corner kick from fellow midfielder Kara Bryan to beat the OSU defense.
The 3-0 advantage was far from comfortable for the Hoosiers as the Buckeyes ignited one last rally during the final five minutes of play as OSU seniors Lindsay Eckles (Hilliard, Ohio) and Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio) combined with sophomore Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.) to fire four shots at the IU goal within the span of six minutes. IU withstood the test once again, but committed a foul deep inside its own zone shortly thereafter, which resulted in an OSU penalty kick attempt. OSU co-captain Jen Miller took the honors and struck the ball past IU goaltender Shaunna Daugherty at the 86:25 mark of the match. The goal is Miller's second of the 2002 campaign.
The Buckeye rally ultimately fell a bit short as OSU dropped its first conference match of the season in an exciting and physical game played in front of nearly 1200 fans at Jess Owens Stadium.
Ohio State takes the field again on Friday at Michigan State at 4 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.