Nov. 7, 2002
East Lansing, Mich.-The 2002 Women's Soccer Big Ten Tournament could not have asked for a better match to kick off the weekend's festivities as No. 7-seed Ohio State (8-10-1) and No. 2-seed Michigan (13-4-2) battled to a 1-1 tie following double-overtime. The Buckeyes would eventually claim the match, winning an exhilarating shoot out by a 3-2 count on Thursday at Michigan State's Old College Field. Ohio State advances to the semifinal round where it will face the winner of the Purdue-Indiana quarterfinal match.
The Buckeyes struck first as sophomore midfielder Heather Miller (Centerville, Ohio) netted her first goal of the season at the 13:00 mark. OSU sophomore forward Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.) fired a shot that bounced off UM keeper Suzie Grech to Miller who blasted the ball into the Wolverine net from just outside the six-yard box.
Ohio State controlled nearly all of the first half as the Buckeyes held a 6-1 edge in shots heading into the waning moments of the period, until Michigan forward Abby Crumpton, who led the Big Ten in scoring during the 2002 regular season, received an advance from UM defender Andrea Kayal and fired a shot past Buckeye keeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio) to knot the match at 1-1 with just 1:41 left to play in the period.
Both squads failed to score in the second half and the ensuing overtime periods, setting up a thrilling penalty kick shoot out, pitting Haynam and Grech against each squad's best strikers.
Michigan defender Carly Williamson put the Wolverines ahead with a goal on the first penalty kick of the period as she placed her shot just to the left of Haynam.
Buckeye freshman forward Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) attempted to answer Williamson's tally, but was stoned by Grech on Ohio State's first try.
UM midfielder Stephanie Boyles looked to put the Wolverines up 2-0, but her attempt to squeeze a shot into the left side of the Buckeye net went unsuccessful as her shot glanced off the post.
Heather Miller took advantage of the Michigan miss as she tapped a shot into the lower right side of the UM net to knot the penalty kicks at 1-1.
Both Haynam and Grech registered saves on the third attempt for each team with Haynam stopping a potential scoring shot from Wolverine co-captain and defender Andrea Kayal and Grech stoning OSU freshman midfielder Danielle Dietrich (Cincinnati, Ohio) on her try.
Both teams scored on their forth attempt to tie the score at 2-2. Michigan forward Theresa Heaton fired a shot that deflected off the left post and into the Buckeye net, while Grubb would tally with a grounder past Grech on the right side of the UM goal.
The match came down to one shot per team in the fifth round of penalty kicks with Michigan's Laura Tanchon set to face Haynam in the first attempt. Tanchon fired a shot to the right side of the net where Haynam, fully-extended, stabbed the shot and give the Buckeyes a chance to claim the 3-2 victory.
Buckeye senior co-captain and defensive leader Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio) stepped into the 18-yard box for an attempt at the Buckeye win. Miller responded by blasting a shot past Grech and into the right side of the Michigan goal for the OSU victory.
Buckeye head coach Lori Walker was ecstatic about the win and her team's effort in such a grueling match.
"This win exemplifies just how tough we are as a team," Walker said. "Today we showed a tremendous amount of heart. We played great soccer all year and had some tough results, but I think today's win shows just how good a team we really are."
Ohio State will face the winner of the Purdue-Indiana quarterfinal match on Friday at 3 p.m. once again at Michigan State's Old College Field.
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