Oct. 24, 2003
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team faced Penn State Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in a match featuring two nationally ranked Big Ten squads. The No. 16 Buckeyes (10-3-3, 4-3-3) entered the contest seeking their first unbeaten season at home in program history and played the No. 5 ranked Nittany Lions (15-2-2, 9-1) to a scoreless stalemate over the first 86 minutes of the contest behind a defense that denied Penn State on 22 shots before allowing a score at the 86:28 mark of the match. The loss is the first for the Buckeyes in 10 home contests this season.
The Ohio State defense, which had allowed just four goals over nine matches at home this season, held the Nittany Lion offense scoreless in the first half despite allowing 13 shots, seven of which were aimed at the OSU net. The Buckeyes fended off the next nine PSU shots before Nittany Lion forward Joanna Lohman connected on her 14th goal of the season, boosting Penn State to a 1-0 advantage. Lohman received a corner kick from Heidi Drummond and fired a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that glanced off the crossbar and fell into the OSU net. The corner kick followed a spectacular blocked shot by Ohio State junior Erica Nollen (West Chester, Ohio) as she deflected a Penn State threat past the end line.
The goal was the first allowed by the Buckeye defense in three home matches, as OSU had recorded three-successive shutouts at Jesse Owens Stadium.
Ohio State junior goalkeeper Emily Haynam suffered her first loss of the season, falling to 4-1-2 on the year despite recording a season and team-best 10 saves.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker was pleased with the effort her injury-depleted squad put forth against a Top 5 opponent. "We battled a fantastic Penn State team tonight," Walker, who saw her team endure its first shutout loss in 11 home matches, said. "It is a shame we did not have a full squad with our injuries. I am very proud of the quality minutes we received from some of our veteran players like Jen Heaney and Jackie Shirer. We cannot be down on ourselves by this loss. We must look forward and finish out this season."
Ohio State completes its regular season home slate at 7-1-2 and next heads to Chicago, Ill. for a Monday afternoon match with the Loyola Ramblers. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (EST).
Looking ahead: Despite the loss to Penn State, Ohio State claimed the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten tournament with its 4-3-3 conference mark and will play fourth-seed Michigan in the opening round Nov. 6 in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes and Wolverines played to a 1-1 tie in Columbus Oct. 3. The two teams met in the second round of the tournament last season in another overtime match that Ohio State won in a thrilling penalty kick shootout. Brackets and match times will be announced next week.
PENN STATE (15-2-2, 9-1) vs. OHIO STATE (10-3-3, 4-3-3) Date: Oct 24, 2003 Attendance: 512 Weather: Windy and brisk
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- PENN STATE.......... 0 1 - 1 OHIO STATE.......... 0 0 - 0
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 86:28 PSU Lohman, Joanna (14) (Drummond, Heidi) - shot from corner kick glanced off crossbar
Shots: PENN STATE 23, OHIO STATE 5 Saves: PENN STATE 4 (Brown, Amanda 4), OHIO STATE 10 (Haynam, Emily 10)