Nov. 21, 2004
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (19-3-3) won its ninth straight match, 1-0, over Tennessee Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to advance to the national quarterfinals against UCLA Saturday. Lisa Grubb scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute to help the Buckeyes remain unbeaten at home in 2004 at 15-0-1. The score served as Grubb's 31st at Ohio State, moving her into the top spot all-time in Buckeye annals.
With the win over 11th-seeded Tennessee, Ohio State, the No. 6 seed, remains in contention in the NCAA tournament and moves on to play the 14th-seeded Bruins (16-6-0) Saturday. Site and time for the match will be announced Monday morning.
The match went scoreless for the first 80 minutes before Grubb (Jr., Portage, Mich.) netted her seventh game-winning goal of the season to give the Buckeyes the 1-0 edge. Grubb took a feed from defender Emily Francis (So., Alliance, Ohio) and dribbled through a pair of Tennessee defenders at the top of the 18-yard box. After clearing the UT backline, Grubb fired the scoring shot past Lady Vol keeper Vannessa Phillips-Bosshart into the right side of the net.
The goal, Grubb's 12th of the season, moved her out of a tie with Lisa Suttmiller for the career lead at Ohio State. Suttmiller scored 30 goals from 1994-to-1997.
The two teams played evenly in a scoreless first half with Ohio State's best scoring chance coming in the last minute of play when Lara Dickenmann (Fr., Kreins, Switzerland) sent a crossing pass through the Tennessee zone that narrowly missed a streaking Grubb as the ball dribbled out of play.
Tennessee put together a flurry of scoring opportunities between the 52nd and 54th minutes as Ohio State defender Melissa Miller (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) blocked a shot before Danielle Dietrich (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded a back save on a UT corner kick. Moments later, Francis stopped a threat with a tackle outside the right side of the 18-yard box.
The shutout Saturday served as Ohio State's 13th on the season and fourth straight blanking. OSU keeper Emily Haynam (Sr., Westerville) was credited with the win and her ninth shutout, which ties the all-time record at Ohio State.
For the match, Ohio State and Tennessee each attempted 14 shots, with the Buckeyes holding a 7-to-4 edge in shots on goal. Tennessee owned a 4-3 lead in corner kicks.
TENNESSEE (17-5-2) vs. OHIO STATE (19-3-3) Date: Nov 21, 2004 Attendance: 946
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- TENNESSEE........... 0 0 - 0 OHIO STATE.......... 0 1 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 80:34 OHST Grubb, Lisa (12) (Francis, Emily) - one on one from 6 yards
Shots: TENNESSEE 14, OHIO STATE 14 Saves: TENNESSEE 6 (V. Phillips-Bosshart 6), OHIO STATE 4 (Haynam, Emily 3; TEAM 1) NCAA tournament round of 16
Ohio State Quotes
Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach On the game "I couldn't be more proud of our team. They played a tremendously hard fought game against a great team. The game had many momentum shifts. At times, Tennessee gained the momentum and pressed our backs against the wall. Then, there were moments where we had the momentum and pushed them against the wall. I was pleased with Lisa Grubb's ability to step up and score with the game on the line. Overall, this was a classic game."
On advancing in the NCAA tournament "This is an exciting moment for us. Now we are down to eight teams in the tournament. It is pleasing to know that we are part of the last eight remaining. We will celebrate our win tonight, but it is back to work tomorrow to prepare for UCLA."
Lisa Grubb, Ohio State junior forward On her goal "The ball came to me cleanly. I stepped out in front, made a quick move past one of their defenders, set myself square to the net and hit the ball hard to the middle past their goalkeeper. It was a great feeling to score, but it was even better to have had the chance to convert a goal after missing a good chance in the first half."
Melissa Miller, Ohio State senior defender On shutting out Tennessee "Posting a shutout just proves how good our defense is and what we are capable of. Tennessee is a great team, who has a high-powered offense. To not allow them to score builds our confidence for next week."
Angela Kelly, Tennessee head coach On the game "First off, congratulations to Lori Walker and the Buckeyes. They were very deserving of the win. No. 24 (Lara Dickenmann) is one of the best players in the nation and I think everyone knows that. No. 25 (Lisa Grubb) took advantage of an opportunity and put a shot in the back of the net. I wish Ohio State the best of luck and I hope they win it all. I'm very proud of my team, especially the senior class. They played so hard and have nothing to hang their head about."
On Tennessee's chances "We had the chances and we never gave up. Earlier in the year, we were down 3-0 to Duke before reeling off four goals in three minutes. The game shouldn't have come down to the last 10 seconds if we would have possessed the ball more. We did in spurts, but we couldn't convert. Overall though, we played very hard."
Lyndsey Patterson, Tennessee senior forward On playing Ohio State on the road "We came into this game prepared, ready to play. Our emotions were high and we really wanted to win this one. We played hard but in the end they were too much."