Oct. 11, 2002
Columbus, Ohio –
The Ohio State women’s soccer team (3-8-1, 1-4-1) suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-4-1, 2-3-1) on Friday evening in front of a Parent’s Night crowd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Hawkeyes prevailed despite being out-shot by OSU 29-10, including a 20-4 margin in the second half.
The Buckeyes stormed out of the gate in the early going of the match. OSU recorded three shots in keeping the ball in the Hawkeye zone for nearly all of the first eight minutes of play. Iowa would answer, however, with a burst of three goals over the next eight minutes of action to build what would turn out to be an insurmountable lead.
The Hawkeye scoring flurry began with an unassisted goal by forward Sarah Lynch at the 36:24 mark of the match. Quinn lofted a shot that fell just past the reach of OSU sophomore goaltender Jen Heaney (Cincinnati, Ohio) to take a 1-0 advantage.
Iowa wasted no time as it doubled its lead less than three minutes later. Hawkeye forward Katelyn Quinn received a pass from defender Jamie Jorgensen and fired a shot from the right side across the six-yard box and into the left corner of the OSU net.
Iowa’s push would persist as the Hawkeyes continued to apply pressure on the OSU zone. The Hawkeye offense fired a shot that two OSU defenders combined to block, however, the ball rebounded high and found Iowa forward Courtney Wilkerson waiting and ready to fire at the Buckeye goal. Wilkerson responded and struck an unassisted scoring shot from just inside the 18-yard box to give Iowa a 3-0 edge.
The Buckeyes proved to be undaunted by the 3-0 deficit and led by the inspired play of freshman forward Kristen Clark (Columbus, Ohio) and the always determined Lisa Grubb (So., Portage, Mich.) the Ohio State offense recorded 20 shots in a relentless second half comeback attempt.
Ohio State tallied nine shots in the first 15 minutes of play in the second stanza, but failed to strike the Iowa net until freshman forward Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio) snapped the scoring drought as she buried a rebounded-shot in the Hawkeye net in the 58th minute. The goal is Hoban’s fifth of the season. Sophomore midfielder Paige Harrison (Centerville, Ohio) and Grubb each were credited with an assist on the play.
Ohio State continued its onslaught upon the Hawkeye defense as it registered 10 more shots over the final 32 minutes but were denied each time by Iowa goaltender Britta Vogele, who tallied 11 saves to record her sixth win of the season.
OSU head coach Lori Walker, although discouraged by the loss, was proud of her team’s effort and feels for her player’s frustration.
“I’m proud of the way we played in the second half.” Walker said. “We basically didn’t let Iowa out of its end. We found ourselves in a whole, but fought and fought, but when their first three shots reach the back of our net early in the ballgame it puts us in a pretty big whole to try and dig ourselves out of.”
Ohio State continues its weekend series with a Sunday afternoon match against the Fighting Illini of Illinois with the kickoff set for 2 p.m. KBUX, the student radio network of The Ohio State University, will broadcast the game.