Nov. 5, 2004
Columbus, Ohio - The No.13th-ranked Ohio State women's soccer team (15-3-3) gained a spot in the championship match of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament with a 5-2 victory over Michigan (11-8-2) Thursday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb each tied or set single season records in the match as the Buckeyes established a program best with their 15th win of the year. With the win, Ohio State earned a spot in the final Sunday against No. 1-seed Penn State at 2:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match will be televised live by College Sports Television. The Nittany Lions (18-1-1) outlasted Illinios, 3-2, in the first semifinal Friday. Ohio State and Penn State met earlier this season Oct. 22 with PSU posting a 3-0 win.
Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, was pleased with the Buckeyes' performance Friday night and looks forward to a rematch of the season with Penn State Sunday.
"To come out tonight and play as well as we did and win the way we did was unbelievable," Walker said. "It gives us a huge confidence boost for Sunday. I am proud of all our players, especially our seniors. They have continued to set goals and meet them. Now we turn our attention to Penn State and a chance to redeem ourselves from our loss two weeks ago. Sunday will be a very exciting game."
For the second straight night, the Buckeyes raced to an early lead with a Danielle Dietrich (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) goal in the third minute. Dickenmann (Fr., Kreins, Switzerland) got the play started in the midfield when she dumped a pass to Grubb (Jr., Portage, Mich.) on the left side of the 18-yard box. Grubb then sent a cross into the Michigan zone that found Dietrich just outside the 6-yard box for the scoring header. The goal was Dietrich's 10th of the season, while Dickenmann added her ninth assist of the season and Grubb's eighth.
Dickemann and Dietrich combined to help the Buckeyes move ahead, 2-0, in the 14th minute. Dietrich dumped the ball off to Dietrich in the midfield, where Dickenmann returned the pass 15 yards from the UM net. From there, Dietrich fired a shot that deflected off Michigan keeper Megan Tuura and then was knocked into the net by a Wolverine defender for the two-goal advantage. Official ruling was an own goal by Michigan, which credits Ohio State with a team goal only.
Moments later, Melissa Miller continued the Ohio State scoring by drilling a direct kick into the UM net from 50 yards out in the 20th minute. The goal was Miller's second of the season.
Michigan answered in the 39th minute as Laura Tanchon fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box past OSU goalkeeper Emily Hayman (Sr., Westerville, Ohio) and into the right side of the net as the teams took a 3-1 marging into halftime.
In the second stanza, Miller started another score with a free kick in the 50th minute. She sent a ball from near midfield into the Michigan zone and found Grubb for a scoring header from inside the 6-yard box.
Less than a minute later, Ohio State added their fifth and final goal of the night when Colleen Hoban (Jr., Strongsville, Ohio) buried a header from inside the keeper box in the 56th minute. Grubb assisted on the play.
Grubb finished the match with a goal and pair of assists to up her season point total to 31, which bests the previous all-time mark set by Lisa Suttmiller of 29 in 1996. The goal is Grubb's 11th of the campaign, which ties Suttmiller's 11 goals in 1996. Dickenmann reached the 30-point mark as well Thursday with two assists. The 5-2 win also set a team standard for most goals in a Big Ten match.
For the match, Ohio State outshot Michigan 25-17. Each keeper recorded seven saves as Haynam moved to 12-2-2 on the season.
With the win, Ohio State earned a spot in the final Sunday against No. 1-seed Penn State at 2:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match will be televised live by College Sports Television. Ohio State and Penn State met earlier this season Oct. 22 with PSU posting a 3-0 win. The Nittany Lions outlasted Illinios, 3-2, in the first semifinal Friday.
Michigan (11-8-2) vs. Ohio State (15-3-3) Date: Nov 05, 2004 Attendance: 493
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Michigan............ 1 1 - 2 Ohio State.......... 3 2 - 5
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 2:35 OSU Dietrich, Danielle (10) (Grubb, Lisa;Dickenmann, Lara) - from right side, inside 6 yards 2. 13:35 OSU OWN GOAL (unassisted) - own-goal by UM 8 credit OSU team goal 3. 20:02 OSU Miller, Melissa (2) (unassisted) - unassisted direct kick from left side, 5 4. 39:09 MICH Tanchon, Laura (3) (unassisted) - unassisted inside 6 yard box from left s 5. 49:20 OSU Grubb, Lisa (11) (Miller, Melissa) - from middle inside 6 yard box 6. 50:15 OSU Hoban, Colleen (4) (Grubb, Lisa;Dickenmann, Lara) - left side inside 6 yard box 7. 55:47 MICH Dobbyn, Melissa (8) (Tanchon, Laura) - from center 25 yards out
Shots: Michigan 17, Ohio State 25 Saves: Michigan 7 (Tuura, Megan 7), Ohio State 7 (Haynam, Emily 7) Big Ten tournament semi-final, game 6
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