Nov. 10, 2002
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (10-10-1) not only claimed the 2002 Big Ten Tournament title as a No. 7-seed and it's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 win over Wisconsin in Sunday's final, but OSU also staked claim to each of the conference championship awards as buckeye senior defender and co-captain Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio) was award the tournament's Defensive Most Valuable Player while Buckeye sophomore forward Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.) received the Offensive Player of the Tournament award. Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio) was also named to the All-Tournament Team as she allowed just 1.00 goals per game in the three-match event.
Miller, who earlier in the week was selected as Second Team All-Big Ten, led an Ohio State defense that allowed just one goal in each of its three wins over No. 24 Michigan, No. 17 Purdue and Wisconsin. Offensively, Miller recorded an assist in Sunday's final on a well-placed corner kick to fellow senior Lindsay Eckles and also went 2-2 on penalty kick attempts in each of the Buckeyes shoot out victories over Michigan and Purdue, including the game-winner in the fifth round against UM.
Grubb, who also came through in the clutch in the quarterfinals and semifinals going 2-2 in penalty kicks in each of the wins, netted a goal in the Purdue match to put the Buckeyes ahead 1-0.
Haynam has proven to be a force in the Buckeye net as OSU has come out victorious in six of the seven Big Ten matches that she has minded the net. Haynam recorded 11 saves in the tournament, including seven in Ohio State's win over Purdue in the semifinals. Haynam's play in goal during regulation action was stellar, but it was her effort in the box during the two penalty kick rounds on Thursday and Friday that proved to be key to the Buckeyes advancement to the finals. Haynam came up huge in the shoot out with Michigan as she stoned a shot on the right side of the goal to give the OSU the opportunity for Jen Miller's game-winner in the fifth round of penalty kicks. On Friday, Haynam saved a shot sent to the middle of the Ohio State goal in the seventh round of penalty kicks against Purdue to allow the Buckeye teammate Erica Nollen to tally the match-winner in the seventh-round. Jen Miller, Haynam, Grubb and their Buckeye teammates will await their seeding in the 2002 NCAA Tournament to be announced on ESPN News at 4:30 on Monday, Nov. 11. The first round of the NCAA Tournament is set to begin on Friday, Nov. 15.