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Aug. 25, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio–The Ohio State women’s soccer team lost to the Oakland Golden%^$Grizzlies, 4-1 in its season opener Friday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.%^$

%^$The Golden Grizzlies hit hard and fast, scoring the first goal in the 13th minute of%^$play. Erica Demers scored off a pass from teammate Ashley McGhee. Kristen Luoma was the%^$offensive leader of the game, scoring two goals from a total of four shots. Her first came%^$at 34:35 off a penalty kick. Luoma added her second and Oakland’s third goal of the game at%^$45:56.%^$

%^$Emily Thorpe (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) netted OSU’s lone goal in the second%^$half at 58:48. Oakland’s final goal of the game came in the 65th minute of play. Shelly%^$Piccirilo scored off an assist from Gail Wilson.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Grizzlies 16-11. OSU goalkeeper Amber Barnes (Sr.,%^$Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) saved three shots in the losing effort.%^$

%^$Ohio State will face Syracuse at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.%^$

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%^$Match Summary%^$

1 2 F%^$Oakland 2 2 4%^$Ohio State 0 1 1%^$

%^$Goals
%^$1st Half
%^$OU- Erica Demers, 12:11 (Ashley McGhee), Kristen Luoma, 34:35 (off a penalty kick)
%^$2nd Half
%^$OU-Kristen Luoma, 45:56, Shelly Piccirilo, 64:34 (Gail Wilson)
%^$OSU-Emily Thorpe, 58:48%^$

%^$Saves
%^$OSU-3, Barnes
%^$OU-6, Buckland%^$

%^$Shots
%^$OSU-16
%^$OU-11