No. 16 Women's Soccer Blanks Loyola-Chicago
Oct. 27, 2003
Columbus, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team (11-3-3, 4-3-3) stepped out of Big Ten play Monday, with a trip to Loyola-Chicago and Loyola Soccer Park, where the Buckeyes recorded their eighth shutout in 17 matches this season as Ohio State blanked the Ramblers by a 4-0 count. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 7-0 in non-conference action.
Ohio State struck first in at the 28:30 mark of the first half when sophomore forward Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) fired a scoring shot from between the 6-yard and 18-yard boxes from just to the left of the Loyola net. Fellow forward Liz Mumley (Jr., Woodbridge, Va.) assisted on the play as Hoban tallied her team-best seventh goal of the season.
Mumley added to the OSU attack just a shade more than 16 minutes later as she advanced into the Rambler zone and blasted a shot from just outside the 18-yard box for an unassisted goal to put OSU on top 2-0 heading into halftime. The goal was Mumley's third this season and first since scoring two goals against Wright State in the second contest this season.
The Buckeyes wasted no time continuing the onslaught in the second half as junior Jen Heaney (Cincinnati, Ohio), who normally contributes as goalkeeper for OSU, stepped into the frontline and attacked the Loyola goal, where she fired her first shot of the season, but was turned away by the Loyola defense. Sophomore Nicole Braman collected the rebound and redirected the ball into the Loyola net at the 40:09 mark of the second half. The goal is Braman's first of the season, while Heaney recorded her first assist in Ohio State career.
Freshman Nicole St. Cyr (Fairfax Station, Va.) added her first goal of the season with less than a minute to go to boost Ohio State to the final 4-0 score. Fellow Freshman Melissa Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded her second assist of the season on the play.
Ohio State freshman goalkeeper Staci Sinkway (Mission Viejo, Calif.) recorded a career-best 10 saves in the match, including six in the first half as she turned away the Ramblers on numerous scoring threats to post her fourth win and second shutout of the season.
The Buckeyes conclude regular season action as the travel to Bowling Green Friday before heading the Big Ten tournament play Thursday, Nov. 6 with an opening round match against Michigan.