Oct. 16, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Freshman midfielder Lisa Collison scored the game's only goal with 31 seconds to play in the second overtime to propel Ohio State to a 1-0 victory over No. 24 Minnesota Sunday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Minneapolis. The win snapped Minnesota's five-game conference win streak.
The Buckeyes (6-7-2 overall, 3-5-0 Big Ten) threw the ball in on the sideline at the feet of Lara Dickenmann (So., Kriens, Switzerland/Sursee), who served the ball to Carleta Arbulu (So., Grover Beach, Calif./So Cal United). From about 12 yards out, Arbulu flicked the ball to Collison, who charged in, knocking it into the net from 6 yards out. The goal was the 11th goal of the season for Collison, the top freshman scorer in the Big Ten. It was her third game-winning goal of the season.
"It was a pretty physical match up and I was thrilled with way we scrapped after the game, especially coming out after a tough loss Friday," Lori Walker, head coach, said. "We watched some of the football games yesterday and noticed that every minute mattered in some of those games. We talked about that before the game. Illinois was our last overtime game and we didn't fight to the end of that game and they scored in 109th minute. Today we were able to fight to the end and we made something happen out of it. A tie was not going to be satisfactory. We needed a win and scrapped to get it."
Ohio State out-shot Minnesota 24-12, though each team fired six shots on goal. Staci Sinkway (So., Mission Viejo, Calif./So Cal Blues) made four saves in the first half before Courtney Cripps (Fr., Acworth, Ga./United Quest) played the second half and both overtime periods. Cripps made two saves, perhaps none bigger than her save with one minute, 30 seconds left in the first overtime, when she stopped Minnesota's Kaitlin Neary's breakaway. Ohio State had a scoring chance early in the game. Taylor Smith (Jr., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Cobras) had a header hit the post with 6:10 to play in the first half. Ohio State fired 11 shots in the first half, seven shots in the second half and three shots in each overtime period.
Minnesota took one more corner kick in the game than Ohio State (7-6) and was whistled for three more fouls, 28-25.
Molly Shneider made five saves for Minnesota, which fell to 8-5-2 overall and 5-2-0 in the Big Ten.
Ohio State will play two road games at Northwestern and Wisconsin next weekend. The Buckeyes will face Northwestern at 3 p.m. Friday before meeting Wisconsin at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Buckeyes close out the season against Morehead State Oct. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.