Oct. 7, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team suffered its second-consecutive loss with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Michigan State Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The loss drops OSU's record to 4-7-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the Big Ten and MSU improves to 5-4-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the Big Ten.
"I think we came back out in the second half and played the best I have seen us play," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "In the first half, Michigan State did a great job of finding our Achilles Heel by swinging the ball very quickly and we did not do a very good job of closing that down. We outshot them, 17-7, and we have to be able to finish our chances. Our attack has to be dangerous and it is not right now."
Both teams played to a scoreless tie in the first with the Buckeyes holding a 6-3 advantage in shots. OSU seemed to fire at will in the second, taking 11 shots with eight going on goal. Lisa Grubb (Fr., Portage, Mich./Portage Central) led the Buckeyes in shots with six and tied with Emily Thorpe (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) for a team-high in shots on goal with three. The Spartans' Stacy Heller shut the door on the Buckeyes by recording 10 saves in the match to preserve the shutout. OSU goalkeeper Jen Heaney (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) tallied four saves.
With three minutes remaining, MSU pushed down the field. Adrienne Treado played the ball to the right side of the 18-yard box where Libby Kelley put a centering pass into Emily Clarke. Clarke shot from 10 yards out and sent the ball to the top left corner, out of the reach of Heaney. The Buckeyes made a push of their own but were unable to score the equalizer.
"Honestly, until the ball went in the back of the net, there was no doubt in my mind we were going to get the 'W' the way we were playing," Walker said. "We were all over them and had them back on their heels. It is a heart-wrenching loss for our team."
The Buckeyes return to action at 8 p.m. (EDT) Friday when OSU battles Illinois in Champaign, Ill. The Buckeyes also travel to Iowa for a 2 p.m. (EDT) contest in Iowa City, Iowa. The two matches will be the final regular season matches away from Columbus for the Buckeyes. They return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, when they play host to Northwestern.
1 2 F Michigan State 0 1 1 Ohio State 0 0 0
MSU- Emily Clarke, 87:00 (Libby Kelly, Adrienne Treado)
OSU-Heaney (90:00)- 4, Team-1