Oct. 8, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two goals by Buckeye midfielder Lara Dickenmann helped propel the Ohio State women's soccer team over No. 10 Illinois Sunday at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. Dickenmann scored her second and third goal of the weekend and her sixth and seventh of the season, while OSU goalkeeper Lauren Robertson recorded her fifth shutout of 2006.
The Buckeyes improve to 7-5-1 overall and 3-3-0 in the Big Ten. Illinois is 8-5-0 and 4-1-0 in the conference.
"This is the first game in a couple of weeks, probably since the Cal game that both the attack and the defense showed up for 90 minutes," Lori Walker, head coach, said. "The game definitely was won in the midfield. Lara Dickenmann, Amanda Ball (Jr., Centerville, Ohio/Cardinals) and Ashley Bowyer (Fr., Aliso Viejo, Calif./Slammers) played fantastically. They connected together and made the difference."
After a scoreless first half, the Buckeyes got on the board in the second stanza when Dickenmann (Jr., Kriens, Switzerland/SFC Sursee) was able to beat an Illinois defender inside the 18-yard box and find the back of the net in the 75th minute. The Buckeyes solidified the win in the 83rd minute when Caitlin Colfer (So., Albany, N.Y./Albertson) found Dickenmann at the top of the box, where the midfielder again beat the Illinois defender and knocked in the ball 17 yards out for the score.
Entering the weekend with a shots on goal percentage of more than 50 percent (.523), all five of Dickenmann's shots were on goal vs. Illinois. The OSU defense limited the Fighting Illini to two shots on goal on 11 shots and Robertson made two saves. Illinois keeper Lindsey Carstens made six saves, while the Fighting Illini also was credited with a team save. The Scarlet and Gray out shot Illinois, 15-11, and had nine shots on goal. The Buckeyes registered four corner kicks to the Fighting Illini's five.
Ohio State faces nonconference opponent Wright State at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and will return to Big Ten action against No. 13 Penn State at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 in University Park, Pa.