Nov. 16, 2003
Morgantown, W. Va. – The Ohio State women’s soccer team (13-5-3) dropped a 3-0 decision Sunday in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament to 6th-seed West Virginia (17-3-2) at the Mountaineer Soccer Complex in Morgantown, W. Va. The Mountaineers used goals in each half to claim the victory as the host school to the first and second rounds. The loss eliminates the Buckeyes from tournament play as they complete the 2003 season with the program’s best record in its 10-year history at 13-5-3, topping the 1996 club that recorded a 14-7 overall mark.
Each team traded attacks over the first 40 minutes of action as Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam (Jr., Westerville, Ohio) turned away three WVU scoring opportunities, while the Buckeyes fired one shot one goal. The Mountaineers capitalized on their fourth chance as forward Lisa Stoi received a feed from Chrissie Abbott at the penalty stripe and shot from just outside the 6-yard box, beating Haynam to the right side to put WVU up 1-0 at the 4:54 mark.
WVU, ranked No. 10 in the final regular season NSCAA coaches poll, stretched its advantage to 2-0 at 26:35 on a score from forward Luara Kane following a free kick. Kane received the feed and beat Haynam with a header from just outside the 6-yard box.
Ohio State, which defeated Dayton 3-0 in the first round Friday, made a late push with two corner kicks in the final 15 minutes, but West Virginia added a third goal at the 4:54 mark of the second half on a header from Leslie Barden to set the final tally at 3-0.
The loss is the first to a non-conference opponent this season, while Haynam, who posted three stops in the match, dropped to 5-2-2 on the year.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker commented on the strong play both by West Virginia and Ohio State. “There were two very good teams both attacking and defending today,” Walker said. “West Virginia’s leadership came through and made the difference today. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from today’s match for us. We are a team that loses just one senior and a match like today will serves as something to build on for our eight upcoming seniors.”
Ohio State concludes its season at 13-5-2, including a 4-3-3 mark in Big Ten competition.
OHIO STATE (13-5-3) vs. West Virginia (17-3-2) Date: Nov 16, 2003 Attendance: 492 Weather: overcast and cool
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ——————————- OHIO STATE………. 0 0 – 0 West Virginia……. 1 2 – 3
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 40:06 WVU STOIA, Lisa (7) (ABBOTT, Chrissie) – one vs. one against keeper 2. 63:26 WVU KANE, Laura (8) (STOIA, Lisa) – off set play from Stoia into upper 90 3. 85:07 WVU BARDEN, Leslie (5) (STOIA, Lisa) – off set play from Stoia
Shots: OHIO STATE 5, West Virginia 14 Saves: OHIO STATE 4 (Haynam, Emily 3; Team 1), West Virginia 1 (BANNERMAN, Lana 1)