Nov. 14, 2003
Morgantown, W. Va. - The Ohio State women's soccer team (13-4-3) defeated the University of Dayton (14-6-2) by a 3-0 score in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Friday at the Mountaineer Soccer Complex in Morgantown, W. Va. The Buckeyes made a 2-0 halftime advantage stand and tacked on a third score in the second half as Ohio State claimed its first NCAA tournament victory in the 10-year history of the program.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker expressed what this landmark win means to her program.
"This win is a culmination of goals we set for ourselves nine months ago in preseason training," Walker said. "That was one of the best performances from this team all season. A win in the NCAA tournament is something this program has never accomplished. To reach that accomplishment in the same season we celebrate 10 seasons of women's soccer is very significant for our program."
Ohio State controlled play throughout the match as the Buckeyes tripled Dayton's output in the shots on goal department by a 12-4 figure. Ohio State dominated the first period, firing four shots at the UD net in the first 20 minutes, but were turned away on each occasion until junior Kathy Fulk (Dublin, Ohio) unleashed a strike from nearly 25 yards out that sailed over the head of UD keeper Sarah West and into the center of the Flyer net to put the Buckeyes 1-0 at the 17:26 mark of the first half. The unassisted tally served as Fulk's fifth goal and second game-winner this season.
The Buckeyes boosted their advantage with a late goal just seven seconds before intermission as fellow junior Liz Mumley (Woodbridge, Va.) also connected on a long strike. Mumley fired from just outside the 18-yard box and beat West to the left side to up the OSU advantage to 2-0. The goal is Mumley's fourth of the season.
In the second stanza, Fulk narrowly missed pushing the OSU advantage to 3-0 with a crossing shot from the left side of the 6-yard box that glanced off the right post with a shade more than 20 minutes remaining. She followed just moments later with her third shot on goal of the game but was denied by West. For the match, both Fulk and Mumley each accounted for four shots and three shots on goal.
The Buckeyes also used a late second half goal to seal the victory as junior Jen Heaney (Cincinnati, Ohio), who also serves as a reserve goalkeeper, scored her fist career goal from just outside the 6-yard box to set the final score at 3-0.
Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam (Jr., Westerville, Ohio) improved to 5-1-2 on the season and helped the Buckeyes notch their ninth shutout on the year with four saves, including a tough lateral save with less than two minutes left to preserve the blanking. The nine shutouts in 2003 ties an Ohio State all-time mark for shutouts in a single season.
The Buckeyes, who improve 6-1 all-time vs. Dayton, will face host and No. 6-seed West Virginia Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Mountaineer Soccer Complex. WVU defeated Loyola (Md.) Friday night 3-1. The Buckeyes and Mountaineers have met on four previous occasions, with Ohio State claiming victory in three of the four matches.
Dayton (14-6-2) vs. OHIO STATE (13-4-3) Date: Nov 14, 2003 Attendance: Weather: cold, windy, but clear
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Dayton.............. 0 0 - 0 OHIO STATE.......... 2 1 - 3
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 27:34 OSU Fulk, Kathy (5) (unassisted) - from 25 yrds out 2. 44:52 OSU Mumley, Liz (4) (unassisted) - from 18yrd; into upper 90 3. 86:25 OSU Heaney, Jen (1) (unassisted) - from 18 yards
Shots: Dayton 9, OHIO STATE 15 Saves: Dayton 9 (WEST, Sarah 8; TEAM 1), OHIO STATE 4 (Haynam, Emily 4)