Nov. 8, 2002
East Lansing, Mich. - The 2002 Ohio State women's soccer team (9-10-1) advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship match with yet another thrilling victory in a penalty kick round following double-overtime at Michigan State's Old College Field on Friday. The No. 7-seed Buckeyes, who topped Michigan 3-2 in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals on Thursday, edged third-seeded Purdue (13-4-3) 5-4 in seven rounds of penalty kicks in Friday's semifinal match and have earned a chance to claim OSU's first-ever Big Ten Title in women's soccer and an automatic berth in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes made history with the win as they become the first team in the history of Big Ten women's soccer to play in two straight games decided by penalty kicks.
OSU head coach Lori Walker expressed the drive and determination her team possessed to win matches that have endured a combined 220-plus minutes.
"Our players have really shown up to this tournament to prove what kind of team they really are and I am really proud of them for that," Walker said. "Games like these are so exciting to be involved in. Everything that you do makes a difference in the outcome of the game and our players are embracing that fact and they are standing up and showing a lot of character in two very challenging matches."
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers played a scoreless first half as OSU forward Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.) narrowly missed putting Ohio State on top with a shot that sailed just wide right of the Purdue net in the 32nd minute.
Grubb, however, would find the Purdue goal in the 62nd minute as she received a pass from OSU senior forward Lindsay Eckles (Hilliard, Ohio) and advanced the ball into the 18-yard box. Purdue keeper Jocelyn Cavalier vacated the six-yard box to challenge Grubb who evaded the goaltender and buried a shot into the center of the net for the 1-0 Buckeye advantage. The goal is Grubb's seventh of the year, while Eckles records her fourth assist of 2002.
Ohio State carried the 1-0 edge deep into the second half, but Purdue would finally answer with just 2:09 left in the match. Boilermaker forward Annette Kent drove a shot past Buckeye goal keeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio) following a well-placed corner kick from teammate Jessica Baumhoff to deadlock the score at 1-1 and steal the apparent OSU victory.
The two squads played through scoreless first and second overtime periods as the Buckeyes found themselves once again in a penalty kick situation to determine the outcome of their season.
Purdue held a 2-1 advantage after the initial two rounds scoring on a Jessica Baumhoff goal as she faked to the left and trickled a shot into the right side of the net and a Courtney Coppidge tally that went into the high left side of the Buckeye goal. Eckles put Ohio State on the board with a goal in the left side in the first round.
Purdue had the opportunity to go up 3-1 in both the third and forth rounds, but were wide in the third and stopped by Haynam in the forth. The Buckeyes, who also failed to strike the net in the third round, answered to tie the Boilermakers at two penalty kicks apiece on a goal from Grubb that squeezed into the far left side of the net.
Both teams traded goals in the fifth and sixth rounds as each of the Buckeyes Big Ten honorees Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio), a second-team all-defender, and freshman forward Danielle Dietrich (Cincinnati, Ohio), named to the Big Ten All-Freshman squad, each netted shots into the right side of the goal.
Haynam, who recorded seven saves in regulation play, would come up big in the seventh round as she stoned Purdue forward Mary Masck's attempt and handed the Buckeyes the opportunity to claim a 5-4 victory.
Unsung sophomore defender Erica Nollen (West Chester, Ohio) stepped into the 18-yard box and proceeded to blast a shot past Cavalier and into the right side of the Purdue net to give the Buckeyes the win and a chance to play for their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
With the victory, Ohio State advances to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since the 1998 season and will face the winner of the Illinois-Wisconsin semifinal in the title match set to kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot ------------------------------------- OSU................. 0 1 0 0 - 1 PUR................. 0 1 0 0 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: GOAL Time Team ## Goal Scorer Assists ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. 61:21 OSU 25 Grubb, Lisa 11 Eckles, Lindsay 2. 87:51 PUR 8 Kent, Annette 17 Baumhoff, Jessica
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