Oct. 30, 2004
Columbus, Ohio - The No.14/17th-ranked Ohio State women's soccer team (13-3-3, 6-1-3 Big Ten) wrapped up an undefeated season at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday night with a win 5-1 over Toledo (7-9-3 Mid-American). Senior Erica Nollen accounted for two scores, the first of her career, as the Buckeyes closed out their home season at 9-0-1.
"I am excited that Erica (Nollen) was able to score two goals this evening," Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. "The goals are long overdue for her. She has given so much to this team over the last four years organizing the back line and leading our team. It is very fitting she was able to score in her last regular season game tonight."
The Buckeyes put pressure on the Toledo zone the entire first half, netting a pair of goals. Lisa Grubb played a hand in both scores. The first Buckeye goal came on a Nollen penalty kick in the 16th minute. Nollen's penalty kick conversion, which was a result of a foul on Grubb in the UT zone, was the first of her career.
Grubb personally accounted for goal No. 2 in the 22nd minute. Danielle Dietrich served a ball from the right edge of the 18-yard box and found Grubb on the opposite side of the 6-yard box, where she headed her team-leading 10th goal of the season. With the goal, Grubb equaled her career-high for a single season. In 2001, she scored 10 goals as a freshman.
The second period featured more of the same for the Buckeyes as they continued to attack the Toledo zone, scoring less than three minutes into the half. Nollen doubled her career goal output in the 48th minute with a turn-around shot from the left-hand corner of the 18-yard box that glanced off the right post and past UT keeper Jen Whipple for a 3-0 OSU lead. Toledo answered just a shade more than a minute later, when Pene Hughes slipped a shot past OSU keeper Jen Heaney in the 49th minute to shave the OSU advantage to 3-1.
The Buckeyes extended their lead back to a three-goal margin, 4-1, in the 71st after Lara Dickenmann netted her eighth scoring strike of the season. Colleen Hoban fed Dickenmann for her fifth assist of the season.
Hoban capped the scoring with a goal of her own on a diving header in the 89th minute. Carla Arbulu recorded the assist on the play on a spectacular cross feed.
For the second straight match, Ohio State limited their opponent to just two shots and posted an overall lead in shots of 27-2. Ohio State fired 14 of those shots at the UT goal. Emily Haynam notched win No. 10 on the season in the Buckeye net.
The Buckeyes' 9-0-1 record at home included a 33-5 advantage in goals. Over the last two seasons, Ohio State has a 16-1-3 record at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
"Finishing the regular season undefeated at home certainly is something to be proud of," Walker, who recorded career win No. 99 Saturday, said. "Two of our team's goals this year was to win six games in the Big Ten and be the top team in Ohio. We accomplished both of those goals. This match will give us some added experience for the Big Ten tournament next weekend, where we have the possibility to play three games over four days."
The Buckeyes, who serve as host of the 10th-annual Big Ten Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Nov. 4-7, enter the league tourney as the No. 2 seed and face No. 7 Purdue at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.
Toledo (7-9-3) vs. No.14 Ohio State (13-3-3) Date: Oct 30, 2004 Attendance: 359
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Toledo.............. 0 1 - 1 Ohio State.......... 2 3 - 5
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 15:19 OSU Nollen, Erica Penalty kick 2. 21:28 OSU Grubb, Lisa (10) (Dietrich, Danielle) - from 6yds over head of goalkeeper 3. 46:49 OSU Nollen, Erica (2) (unassisted) - from inside corner of 18 yd box off cros 4. 47:58 UT HUGHES, Pene (4) (unassisted) - from 6yds to left side of net 5. 69:07 OSU Dickenmann, Lara (8) (Hoban, Colleen) - from 6yds to right side 6. 88:05 OSU Hoban, Colleen (3) (Arbulu, Carla) - from 6yds to left side of goal
Shots: Toledo 2, Ohio State 27 Saves: Toledo 9 (WHIPPLE, Jen 9), Ohio State 0 ()