No. 13 Ohio State Women's Soccer Blanks No. 3 Penn State, 2-0, to Win Big Ten Tournament
Nov. 7, 2004
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Columbus, Ohio - The No.13-ranked Ohio State women's soccer team (16-3-3) shutout No. 3 Penn State (18-2-1), 2-0, in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament Championship match Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Lara Dickenmann tallied both scores for the second-seeded Buckeyes as she set an OSU single-season record with her 11th and 12th goals. She was named the outstanding offensive player of the tournament.
With the win, Ohio State moved to 12-0-1 at home in 2004 and guaranteed its third straight trip to NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes also set a program best with their 16th win of the season.
Following a scoreless first half where both teams combined for just five shots, Dickenmann (Fr., Kreins, Switzerland) put the Buckeyes ahead with her first goal in the 48th minute. Liz Mumley (Sr., Woodbridge, Va.) started the play when she fed a crossing pass into the PSU zone that found Colleen Hoban (Jr., Strongsville, Ohio). From there, Hoban dropped the ball off to Dickenmann inside in the 18-yard box, where she deposited her fifth game-winning goal of the season from 12 yards out to give the Buckeyes the 1-0 edge. Hoban and Mumley were credited with assists on the play.
Following a Penn State red card ejection in the 75th minute, Ohio State found itself at a one-player advantage and sealed the win when Dickenmann netted goal No. 2 in the 84th minute. Dickenmann benefited from a centering pass from Danielle Dietrich (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and scored from 15 yards out.
The Ohio State defense shutdown the Big Ten's leading offensive unit and Tiffany Weimer, the 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year. The Buckeyes, led by captains Emily Gilbert (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and Erica Nollen (Sr., West Chester, Ohio), all-league defender Melissa Miller (So., Cincinnati, Ohio), defenders Emily Francis (So., Alliance, Ohio) and Keiana Mitchell (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio), limited the Nittany Lions to just five shots in the game, including just a single strike by Wiemer. Buckeye goalkeeper Emily Haynam (Sr., Westerville, Ohio) recorded three saves and her 13th win of the season.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker, who led the Buckeyes to their second postseason league crown in the last three seasons, was proud of her team's effort during a grueling three-match tournament.
"I cannot describe how much this win means to this team," Walker said. "All of our hard work, desire and dedication paid off today. I have to give credit to our defense as the key to winning this championship. Our backline of Nollen, Miller, Mitchell, Francis and Harrison did a tremendous job all weekend of shutting down some high-powered offenses. I am so proud of these girls and what they accomplished today."
Nollen was named most outstanding defensive player of the tournament and was joined Dickenmann and Mumley on the all-tournament team.
The Buckeyes had several scoring chances in the first half. In the initial 20 minutes of play, Dietrich narrowly misfired in the Penn State zone twice and a Lisa Grubb (Jr., Portage, Mich.) shot was saved by PSU keeper Erin McLeod. In the early moments of the second half, Gilbert fired a shot from 22 yards that was tipped by McLeod and glanced off the crossbar.
For the match, Ohio State owned a 13-5 advantage in shots, including a 10-2 margin in the second half. Seven Buckeye shots were on goal vs. three for Penn State. Ohio State also finished the match with a 6-1 edge in corner kicks.
The NCAA will announce the field of 64 in the 2004 national tournament at 4 p.m. Monday on ESPN News. The Buckeyes will watch the selection show at Damon's restaurant on Olentangy River Road. Coaches and players will be available for comment following the announcement.
Ohio State will play its first round match Friday, Nov. 13 at a site determined Monday.
No. 1 Penn State (18-2-1) vs. No. 2 Ohio State (16-3-3) Date: Nov 07, 2004 Attendance: 861
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Penn State.......... 0 0 - 0 Ohio State.......... 0 2 - 2
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 48:00 OSU Dickenmann, Lara (11) (Hoban, Colleen;Mumley, Elizabeth) - center of field from 8 yards 2. 83:37 OSU Dickenmann, Lara (12) (Dietrich, Danielle) - from right, 15 yards
Shots: Penn State 5, Ohio State 13 Saves: Penn State 5 (McLeod, Erin 5), Ohio State 3 (Haynam, Emily 3)
2004 Big Ten All-Tournament Honors