Oct. 27, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team beat Minnesota, 4-1, in both teams Big Ten regular-season finale Friday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Up next for OSU is the Big Ten Tournament, hosted by Penn State University, Nov. 2-5 at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa.
The Buckeyes (10-7-1; 5-5-0 Big Ten) entered the match seventh in the conference standings with 12 points. The win gives OSU 15 points and most likely a sixth-place finish in the league. Only the Top 8 teams in the Big Ten qualify for the conference tournament.
The Buckeyes tied their highest goal output of the season on senior night, with four goals, including three in the second half. Lisa Collison (So., Niagara Falls, Ontario/Burlington Flames) scored first for Ohio State when she drew a foul within the 6-yard box at the 11:52 mark and was awarded a penalty kick. After her first attempt was saved by Gopher keeper Lindsey Dare, Collison netted the rebound to give OSU the 1-0 lead.
Going into the second half up a goal, the Scarlet and Gray added to its margin when defender Keiana Mitchell (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Dayton Soccer Academy) scored her first goal of the season and her third in her three-year career. Mitchell was able to tap the ball into the net off a pass from Carla Arbulu (Jr., Grover Beach, Calif./So Cal United) in the 51st minute. Lara Dickenmann (Jr., Kriens, Switzerland/DFC Sursee) also was credited with the assist. Collison then scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season in the 65th minute after receiving a long ball from Caitlin Colfer (So., Albany, N.Y./Albertson) in the slot. Less than two minutes later (66:23), Dickenmann found Lisa Grubb (Sr., Portage, Mich./Michigan Hawks) at the top of the box where Grubb fired a shot just inside the right post, past a diving Dare.
Collison and Dickenmann are tied for first on the team in points with 23 a piece heading into the postseason. In addition to her 11 goals, Collison has an assist to her credit and Dickenmann has seven goals and nine assists.
Minnesota's Kaitlin Wagner scored in the 84th minute to avoid the shutout.
"It's always nice on senior day to get the win and take this game seriously enough to play hard," Lori Walker, head coach, said. "For the rest of our team to get all our seniors on the field shows their respect for the program. It was a struggle for us to take care of shots in the box, but we did tonight."
All six OSU seniors - Emily Francis (Sr., Alliance, Ohio/Ohio Premier), Grubb, Michelle Markus (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping), Melissa Miller (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping), Shannon Neely (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Ohio Premier) and Taylor Smith (Sr., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Cobras)- were honored prior to the match and saw action in the game.
Soccer Game Summary (Final) Minnesota vs Ohio State (Oct 27, 2006 at Columbus, Ohio) Minnesota (8-9-2; 1-8-1) vs. Ohio State (10-7-1; 5-5-0) Date: Oct 27, 2006 Attendance: 699
Goals by period 1 2 Total Minnesota 0 1 1 Ohio State 1 3 4
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 11:52 OSU Collison,Lisa (10) (unassisted) - Collison sees her penalty saved, but nets the rebound 2. 50:07 OSU Mitchell, Keiana (1) (Arbulu, Carla; Dickenmann, Lara) - converted from a goal mouth scramble 3. 64:36 OSU Collison, Lisa (11) (Colfer, Caitlin) - Collison slots home after a long through ball from Colfer 4. 66:23 OSU Grubb, Lisa (4) (Dickenmann, Lara) - a goal that slipped under the goalkeeper from the edge of the area 5. 83:36 MINN Wagner, Kaitlin (5) (Schwartz, Lindsey) - a low drive into the bottom right corner
Shots: Minnesota 9, Ohio State 23 Saves: Minnesota 11 (Dare, Lindsey 11), Ohio State 4 (Robertson, Lauren 2; Neely, Shannon 2)