Women's Soccer Falls, 2-0, To Penn State In Big Ten Semifinal

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Nov. 9, 2001%^$


%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team, seeded fourth in the Big Ten tournament, fell to No. 1 seed Penn State, 2-0, Friday on Purdue's East Field. A day after the team helped head coach Lori Walker win the 50th match of her tenure at Ohio State, the Nittany Lions (16-3-1, 8-1-1 Big Ten) avenged their 2-1 loss to the Buckeyes of two weeks earlier by outshooting OSU, 22-7. The Buckeyes (10-9-1, 5-4-1 Big Ten) now await word if they have secured an at-large bid into their first NCAA tournament.%^$

%^$"Penn State has a very good team, a very solid team" Walker said. "They are much more experienced in postseaon play. We came out and battled today but they were the better team."%^$

%^$PSU applied pressure to the OSU defense early with seven shots in the first half. Stephanie Pezzullo, who scored the Nittany Lions' lone goal at OSU Oct. 26, scored on a ball that hit the cross bar and trickled in for the 1-0 lead. Big Ten Player of the Year Christie Welsh and Heidi Drummond collected assists on the goal from 15 yards away.%^$

%^$PSU came out in the second and added an insurance goal 1:12 into the period. Stephanie Smith chipped the ball over Buckeye goalkeeper Jen Heaney (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) to pad the Nittany Lions' lead. Welsh collected her second assist of the match on Smith's tally. Heaney finished the match with seven saves while her counterpart Emily Oleksiuk collected five.%^$

%^$Offensively, Liz Mumley (Fr., Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) led the team with three shots, all on goal, and Emily Thorpe (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Lisa Grubb (Fr., Portage, Mich./Portage Central) each added a shot on goal.%^$



%^$The 2001 NCAA Women's Soccer Selection Show will air live via satellite at 3 p.m. (EST) Monday, Nov. 12 on Fox Sports Net South, Fox Sports Net Northwest, Fox Sports Net Midwest, Empire Sports and Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh.%^$


Match Summary%^$ 1 2 F%^$#1 Penn State 1 1 2%^$#4 Ohio State 0 0 0%^$

%^$1st Half
%^$PSU- Stephanie Pezzullo, 14:24 (Christie Welsh, Heidi Drummond)
%^$2nd Half
%^$PSU- Stephanie Smith, 46:12 (Christie Welsh)

%^$OSU- Heaney (90:00)- 7
%^$PSU- Oleksiuk (90:00)- 5

%^$OSU- 7
%^$PSU- 22