Oct. 14, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team found its offensive touch and netted a 3-1 road victory, this time in Iowa City, Iowa, over the host Hawkeyes Sunday. The Buckeyes improve to 6-7-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the Big Ten after their final regular season road match and UI falls to 5-8-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the conference.
"To win two games on the road at this point during the Big Ten season, I am really proud of our girls," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "The way we have been playing is a matter of getting into a rhythm. Eckles' return gave us a boost. The team has confidence in her ability to score goals and create goals. It has given our entire team confidence. We need to continue to play like we have been playing and things will happen. The win (at Illinois) gave us a lot of confidence. We got back to our game plan and executed it very well."
OSU opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Emily Thorpe (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) found Lisa Grubb (Fr., Portage, Mich./Portage Central) open. Grubb's shot hit the right post and bounced into the goal to give the visiting Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. The Hawkeyes responded, though, and knotted the match at one when Rennice Sherard received a pass from Julie Atkocaitis and slipped a shot past OSU goalkeeper Jen Heaney (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton). Heaney, coming off a career-best nine saves at Illinois Friday, stopped two shots while her counterpart Britta Vogele, the Big Ten's leader in goals-against average, saved nine and allowed three goals.
With the score even at one apiece and halftime looming, Lindsay Eckles (Jr., Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) netted her third goal in two games with three minutes remaining in the first. Heather Miller (Fr., Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) fed the ball to Eckles and she found an opening past Vogele for the 2-1 lead at the half. In the second, the Buckeyes added an insurance goal when Becky Broering (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Purdue) assisted on Grubb's second goal. Grubb received the pass from Broering and put her shot on net. Vogele tried for the save but the ball hit off the goalkeeper and rolled behind her for the 3-1 score.
For the match, OSU outshot UI, 18-11, and attempted six more corner kicks.
The Buckeyes have five matches remaining in the regular season and all five will be contested at home starting at 7 p.m. Friday when the Northwestern Wildcats come to Columbus, Ohio. OSU also plays host to the Wisconsin Badgers at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The time of the OSU-UW match was moved up from 2 p.m. to accomodate fans wishing to attend the MLS Cup at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Match Summary 1 2 F Ohio State 2 1 3 Iowa 1 0 1
OSU- Lisa Grubb, 17:12 (Emily Thorpe)
UI- Rennice Sherard, 38:08 (Julie Atkocaitis)
OSU- Lindsay Eckles, 41:41 (Heather Miller)
OSU- Lisa Grubb, 54:19 (Becky Broering)
OSU-Heaney (90:00)- 2