Oct. 25, 2002
Columbus, Ohio –
The Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-9-1, 4-5-1) concluded the 2002 Big Ten regular season slate with a hard fought 4-2 loss to 10th-ranked Penn State (14-2-1, 9-1) in State College, Pa. Friday night. The Buckeyes rallied to tie the score at one in the first period and once again in the second stanza to pull within one-goal with less than 13 minutes remaining, but fell short in their 2002 road finale.
The Nittany Lions took just a shade over two minutes to prove their might as PSU forward Joana Lohman netted an unassisted goal off of her own rebound just 2:06 into the match.
OSU proved undaunted, however, as senior forward Lindsay Eckles (Hilliard, Ohio) scored her second goal of the season in the 29th minute following a spectacular corner kick from Buckeye midfielder Paige Harrison (So., Centerville, Ohio). The goal is Eckles 28th of her career and moves her to within two goals of equaling the all-time Ohio State mark for career goals currently held by former Buckeye Lisa Suttmiller (1992-95) with 30.
Penn State’s prolific offense would not stay silent for long as defending Big Ten Player of the Year forward Christie Welsh scored the first of her two goals on the evening blasting a shot from the top of the box and into the upper right side of the Buckeye net at the 52:07 mark of the match.
The Nittany Lions would strike again less than seven minutes later as PSU forward Tiffany Weimer fired an unassisted game-winner past Buckeye keeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio) in a one-on-one breakaway situation in the 60th minute of play to give Penn State a 3-1 advantage.
The Buckeyes would rally and close the deficit to one goal as Buckeye senior defender and co-captain Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio) blasted an unassisted scoring shot from 30 yards out to pull the Buckeyes to within a 3-2 margin in the 79th minute. The goal is Miller’s fourth of the season and second in the last two games. It took Penn State less than four minutes to answer Miller’s tally as Welsh recorded her second goal of the contest at the 82:03 mark of the match. Welsh placed a header into the Buckeye net after receiving a well-positioned serve from the right sideline from fellow forward Heidi Drummond for the final 4-2 advantage.
The Nittany Lions would salt away the final six-plus minutes of play to claim their third consecutive Big Ten regular season title and claim the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament set for Nov. 7-10 at Michigan State.
The Buckeyes held their own once again with a nationally-ranked team as the Buckeyes out shot PSU 11-10 overall and held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal for the match.
Individually, Eckles led the Buckeye offense with four shots and the one score, while four other Buckeyes, including Miller, registered one or more shots on goal.
“I am very please with our team’s performance,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “Penn State is an outstanding team. They are a squad that you have to prepare to stop five to six players with a legitimate scoring ability. I am proud of our team’s heart and determination in competing with one of the nation’s elite programs.”
Ohio State celebrates Senior Night this Wednesday as the Buckeyes play host to the Kent State Golden Flashes at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with kick off set for 7:30 p.m.