Nein Leads Buckeyes To Big Ten Championship Match
November 7, 1998
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Freshman forward Courtney Nein (Middletown, Ohio) recorded her second game-winning goal of the Big Ten Womens Soccer Tournament, leading Ohio State to a 3-2 victory over Indiana at Penn States Jeffrey Field Saturday.
The Buckeyes (13-7-1) have reached the championship match for the first time in the history of the program and will play tournament host Penn State (18-3-1) at Noon in Sundays final. Three minutes into the match, senior midfielder Becky Borchers (Dayton, Ohio) put the Buckeyes on the board first. Indiana rebounded with a tally of its own 26 seconds later as junior Tracy Grose evened the score at one-all. Nein converted a deflected corner kick from junior Katy Traeger (Littleton, Colo.) in the 4th minute, recording the games third goal in a span of 1:34. In the second half, Nein headed in the game-winner from Elisa Hamiltons (Fr., Westerville, Ohio) flip throw-in in the 56th minute. Indianas Kris Fosdick pulled the Hoosiers within one four minutes later, but the Buckeyes held on for the victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Amber Barnes (Fairfield, Ohio) had four saves on the day while IUs Ashley Davis recorded three.
Nein did not net a goal during the regular season, but has put home three in the last two games. "Courtney has just come alive in this tournament," said OSU head coach Lori Walker. "(The NCAA bid) is a little more incentive for us. We didnt make as many defensive mistakes today against Indiana compared to the first meeting earlier in the season."