Oct. 14, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (5-7-2, 2-4 Big Ten) dropped a tight 1-0 decision to No. 1 Penn State (15-0, 7-0 Big Ten) Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After an early Penn State goal in the sixth minute, the Buckeyes played the undefeated Nittany Lions evenly through the remainder of the first half and held Penn State scoreless in the second stanza.
“I was pleased to our response after giving up that early goal,” Walker said. “We did not put our shoulders back and fought hard through the rest of the game. That is what you look for from a young team. They did not give up.”
Tiffany Weimer wasted little time to put Penn State on the scoreboard, 1-0. She took a pass from Natalie Jacobs and chipped it from just outside the 18-yard line and over the head of a charging Staci Sinkway and into the goal 5:38 into the game. The score was Weimer’s 22nd goal this season and tied Brandi Chastain’s record for consecutive games with at least one goal.
Ohio State’s Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann headed several Buckeye scoring chances in the second half, but were unable to tie the match and extend Penn State to overtime. The pair accounted for six of Ohio State’s 13 shots in the game.
For the match, Penn State recorded 22 shots and fired 11 on goal, leading to 10 saves by Ohio State goalkeeper Stacy Sinkway. In corner kicks, Penn State finished the game with a 4-1 advantage.
In the first half, Penn State outshot the Buckeyes 9-6 and had five shots on goal to three by Ohio State. Each team took just one corner kick before half and was whistled for 10 fouls. Sinkway made four saves for the Buckeyes, while Nittany Lion keeper Erin McLeod saved all three OSU shots.
The Buckeyes drew a season-high 2,079 fans Friday for the game against the top-ranked Nittany Lions. Ohio State had been trying to set an NCAA attendance record, but fell short of the goal. The attendance figure more than doubled Ohio State’s previous high of 944.
After its fifth straight match at home, Ohio State takes to the road for its next three games beginning Sunday at No. 24 Minnesota. The Buckeyes and Gophers square off at 2 p.m., EDT. After games at Northwestern and Indiana next week, the Buckeyes close out the season Oct. 28 against Morehead State.