Nov. 6, 2003
Madison, Wis. - The 2003 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament began much like the 2002 tournament title run by Ohio State (12-4-3) as it played Michigan (8-6-6) to overtime in the opening round for the second-consecutive season at Wisconsin's McClimon Soccer Complex Thursday evening. The No. 17-ranked and fifth-seeded Buckeyes, who topped UM in penalty kicks a year ago in the postseason and tied UM 1-1 in the regular season, were befell by a different outcome this time around as Michigan converted on a corner kick in the 106th minute of play, bouncing the Buckeyes from the 2003 bracket.
Michigan struck first as sophomore forward Katie Kramer collected a misdirected header on the left side and fired a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that landed in the right side of the Ohio State net just past the extended reach of OSU goalkeeper Emily Haynam. The goal came at the 36:20 mark of the first half as the Wolverines claimed the 1-0 advantage.
The Buckeyes narrowly missed equaling the score at 1-1 on two separate occasions as junior midfielder Heather Miller fired a shot at the 25:10 that sailed just over the crossbar after being tipped by UM keeper Megan Tuura.
Ohio State continued its attack early in the second half as OSU freshman Taylor Smith was denied by Tuura near the left post. Junior Jen Heaney attempted to follow with a shot off the rebound but Tuura recovered to collect the ball just before Heaney could attack.
The continued Ohio State push paid off in the 67th minute as leading scorer Colleen Hoban accepted a lob from the midfield by freshman Emily Francis and buried a shot past Tuura to knot the score at one goal a piece. The goal was Hoban's 10th of the season and fourth in her last three games. The assist is the second this season by Francis.
The two squads played scoreless through the remainder of regulation as Ohio State extended to its sixth overtime match and the third in the last three meetings with Michigan. Following a scoreless first extra session, Michigan tallied the deciding score as Kramer netted her second goal of the night placing a rebounded shot past Ohio State reserve keeper Staci Sinkway ending play at 105:08.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker was pleased with her team's ability to recover from the early 1-0 deficit.
"We played a hard fought game tonight," Walker said. "It was great for us to get solid minutes from several players who have battled injuries this season. Having them back and healthy will help us immensely should we get a bid to the NCAA tournament."
The Buckeyes await an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, which will be announced Monday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. and broadcast via ESPN News.
OHIO STATE (12-4-3, 4-3-3) vs. MICHIGAN (8-6-6, 4-2-4) Date: Nov 06, 2003 Attendance: 158 Weather: Clear, low 40s
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot ------------------------------------- OHIO STATE.......... 0 1 0 0 - 1 MICHIGAN............ 1 0 0 1 - 2
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 8:40 MICH Kramer, Katie (unassisted) - 20 yds out 2. 66:21 OSU Hoban, Colleen (Francis, Emily) - served over defense for breakaway 3. 105:08 MICH Kramer, Katie (unassisted) - loose ball off ck
Shots: OHIO STATE 12, MICHIGAN 12 Saves: OHIO STATE 5 (Haynam, Emily 2; Sinkway, Staci 3), MICHIGAN 7 (Tuura, Megan 7)
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