Oct. 13, 2002
Columbus, Ohio –
The Ohio State women’s soccer team (4-8-1, 2-4-1) defeated Illinois (6-8-0, 2-4-0) by a 2-1 count Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to snap its four-game losing skid.
Ohio State dominated play in the second half out-shooting The Illini by a 15-2 margin en route to the 2-1 victory.
Leading the second half charge for the Buckeyes were sophomore forward Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich.) and freshman forward Danielle Dietrich (Cincinnati, Ohio), who was moved up from the midfield position to forward at halftime. Grubb and Dietrich combined for the tying and game-winning goals in OSU’s second straight win over the Illini and first victory since Sept. 22.
“We needed a spark and Danielle Dietrich gave us that spark today,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker expressed. “She made the difference with her ability to take advantage of her skills in both shooting and holding the ball.”
Dietrich initiated the come-from-behind win with an unassisted goal in the 53rd minute as she fired a shot from nearly 30 yards out over the head of Illini keeper Leisha Alcia. The goal is the first of Dietrich’s career.
The Buckeyes continued their relentless push in the second half as Dietrich recorded two more shots on goal shortly after her score. Grubb also got into the mix as she recorded four of her five shot attempts in the second stanza, one of which reached the back of the Illini net for the game-winning tally at the 59:42 mark of the match. Grubb scored in acrobatic fashion as she netted a shot with her back to the Illinois goal using her heel to strike the ball into the right side of the net. Grubb was assisted on the play by Dietrich and senior defender Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio).
The Buckeyes were led on the defensive end by sophomore goalkeeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio). Haynam, in her first career start for Ohio State, recorded five of her six saves in the first half as she and the OSU defense held off a threatening Illini first period attack. The victory is also Haynam’s first as a Buckeye.
Walker praised Haynam, who doubles as a forward on the women’s basketball team, for her efforts in what was a must win match for the Buckeyes.
“Emily is about as solid an athlete I have ever worked with,” Walker said. “She is a difficult goalie to rattle because she is so confident in her own abilities. She has improved throughout the year and I think her presence in the box was a big lift for out team today.”
Illinois was able, however, to slide one shot past the 6-2 keeper as Illini forward Tara Hurless netted the first goal of the match in the 27th minute as she headed a shot past an extended Haynam and into the middle of a vacant net. The Hurless score was unassisted.
Ohio State is set to take the road for a match Friday in Madison, Wisc. versus the Wisconsin Badgers. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (CDT).