Nov. 3, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team closed out its regular season slate with the No. 1 team in the nation, North Carolina, and fell to the 17-time national champions, 2-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday. A record crowd of 3,006 fans, which shattered the previous mark of 804 set against Notre Dame Oct. 1, 1995, witnessed the affair in which OSU's program record unbeaten streak of six matches halted by a Tar Heel team that has won 25-consecutive matches dating back to last season. The Buckeyes slipped to 9-8-1 (5-4-1 Big Ten) on the year and visiting UNC improved to 16-0-0 (7-0-0 ACC).
"It was an exciting match to watch with over 3,00 fans here," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "The thing I am most proud of is how our team stepped up. When teams play North Carolina, they are intimidated and don't play. From the very beginning of the match, we stepped up and tried to play soccer and forced them to make several adjustments. I couldn't be more pleased with a 2-0 score against such a high caliber team. It's outstanding."
UNC used its speed to create scoring opportunities all night. In the seventh minute of play, a Tar Heel push netted the first goal. Alyssa Ramsey collected a loose ball on the right wing and drove to the endline then crossed it and found Anne Remy. Remy punched it home from five yards away for the 1-0 lead. Walker's alma mater tallied again at the 39:55 mark when Jena Kluegel scored an unassisted goal from the same spot as the first. OSU tried to clear the ball but UNC punched it back into the box. After it rattled off several players, Kluegel shot and scored.
Down by two scores going into the half, the Buckeyes came out and tried to get their offense going but a stingy UNC defense shut them off. OSU was limited to three shots, two on goal. UNC outshot the Buckeyes, 28-3. Lisa Grubb (Fr., Portage, Mich./Portage Central) led the way with two shots and had one on goal. Emily Thorpe (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore), playing in her final home match, took the third OSU shot. "We have a lot of respect for Lori (Walker) and a lot of respect for the Ohio State program," Anson Dorrance, UNC head coach, said. "They beat two outstanding teams in Connecticut and Penn State this year. We knew they would give us a good match and they did."
OSU goalkeeper Jen Heaney (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) recorded 10 saves in 90 minutes of play and allowed both goals. Her 10 saves is a new career-high, bettering the nine she recorded in a 3-1 win at Illinois (Oct. 12) this year. Kristin DelPlatchett made two saves in the first half and Jenni Branam had no saves after playing the second half. The two goalkeepers combined for the 10th UNC shutout this season.
The Buckeyes return to action at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, when No. 4 seed OSU meets No. 5 seed Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten tournament at West Lafayette, Ind. The tournament runs Nov. 8-11.
Match Summary 1 2 F North Carolina 2 0 2 Ohio State 0 0 0
UNC- Anne Remy, 6:39 (Alyssa Ramsey)
UNC- Jena Kluegel, 39:55 (Unassisted)
OSU- Heaney (90:00)- 10
UNC- DelPlatchett (45:00)-2, Branam (45:00)-0