No. 21 Ohio State Women's Soccer Blanks Badgers
Oct. 17, 2003
Columbus, Ohio- In a rematch of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament final, the No. 21/25 Ohio State women's soccer team downed Wisconsin by a 2-0 score Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Buckeye freshman Melissa Miller (Def./ Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the Buckeye offense with a first period goal and assisted on an insurance tally in the second half to send OSU to its third consecutive win over the Badgers.
Miller put the Buckeyes on the scoreboard at the 16:39 mark of the first half with a 35-yard blast from the right side of the field that sailed past Wisconsin keeper Kristin Sonderman. The unassisted strike serves as Miller's second tally of the season.
Following more than 30 minutes of scoreless play, Miller struck again in the second half as she fed the ball over the defense and into the Wisconsin zone where sophomore midfielder Danielle Dietrich (Cincinnati, Ohio) redirected the ball to fellow sophomore Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) who deposited the Buckeyes' second goal into the right side of the Badger net. The goal is Hoban's team-best sixth of the season, while Dietrich notched her third assist on the year. Miller's assist serves as her first as a Buckeye.
Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam remained unbeaten on the season, claiming her fourth victory against two ties. Haynam stifled Wisconsin threats in each of the first and second halves with key saves on her way to recording three denials on the night. The shutout is Haynam's first of the season and Ohio State's sixth as a team.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker was pleased with the effort her team showed in rebounding from its first winless weekend series of the season at Illinois (2-0 loss) and Northwestern (1-1 tie).
"We are happy to bounce back from our slip-up this past weekend," Walker said. "Our practices were really tough this week and we knew we needed to prepare to get into overdrive for the next group of games to qualify for postseason play. We played a very good Wisconsin team this evening, but we made the most of our chances and came away with the victory."
Overall, the Buckeyes outshot the Badgers by a 14-10 count, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Buckeyes spread the offensive attack around as six different players recorded at least two shots.
Ohio State next plays host to Minnesota at 2 p.m. Sunday as the Buckeyes celebrate senior day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Soccer Game Summary (Final) 2003 OHIO STATE WOMEN'S SOCCER WISCONSIN vs #21 OHIO STATE (Oct 17, 2003 at Columbus, Ohio)
WISCONSIN (7-7-1, 3-5-0) vs. OHIO STATE (9-2-3, 3-2-3) Date: Oct 17, 2003 Attendance: 344 Weather: breezy and cool
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- WISCONSIN........... 0 0 - 0 OHIO STATE.......... 1 1 - 2
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 28:21 OSU Miller, Melissa (2) (unassisted) - scoring shot from 35 yards out 2. 72:30 OSU Hoban, Colleen (6) (Miller, Melissa;Dietrich, Danielle)
Shots: WISCONSIN 10, OHIO STATE 14 Saves: WISCONSIN 6 (Sonderman, Kristin 6), OHIO STATE 3 (Haynam, Emily 3)