COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team opened the 2009 campaign with a 2-0 victory over in-state foe Bowling Green.

“The key tonight was finding our rhythm,” 13th-year head coach Lori Walker said. “This was our first opportunity to play against an opponent (after no exhibition) and I feel we did a good job of moving the ball and getting it in good places to capitalize.”

Bowling Green goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault was under constant attack early as the Buckeyes out-shot the Falcons 11-0 in the first 45 minutes. For the game, Ohio State outshot BGSU, 27-3.

Freshman Lauren Granberg got into the mix early for Ohio State with a pair of chances. With her back to goal at the top of the six-yard box, the Alberta, Canada native turned and fired a shot toward the far post but Arsenault was able to make the diving save. Less than a minute later, Granberg’s shot from the middle of the box was deflected just wide of the right post.

The Buckeyes continued the onslaught until the 41st minute when sophomore Paige Maxwell picked up where she left of in the 2008 campaign and converted on a perfect cross from Danielle Scoliere for her ninth career goal.

The second half started out much like the first as Ohio State continued to put pressure on the Bowling Green defense. Kayla Eckman had three great opportunities halfway through the second half and put the last of them away for her first goal as a Buckeye. After a great diving stop in the 74th minute by Arsenault, the freshman put one away after an excellent through ball from Caitlyn Martin to give Ohio State the 2-0 cushion that they would not relinquish. Cassie Dickerson also assisted on the play.

“It was very exciting to win the first game,” senior co-captain Ashley Bowyer said. “We played hard and it was important to be consistent and play the way we know how.”

With the win, the Buckeyes moved to 10-4-3 in season openers. Ohio State will now travel to Morgantown to face preseason No.-14 West Virginia at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Game Notes:

  • Ohio State started a 4-4-2 lineup with senior captain Taz Robertson starting in goal. In front of her were defenders Lauren Beachy, Colleen Brady, junior captain Cassie Dickerson and Danielle Scoliere. The midfield included senior captain Ashley Bowyer, Courtney Jenkins, Lauren Steuer and Tiffany Cameron. Up front was Caitlyn Martin and Lauren Granberg. Cameron and Granberg are each true freshmen. 
  • Head coach Lori Walker on the defense: “Our defense starts at the front and moves back. Taz (Lauren Robertson) did a nice job. She didn’t have to do much but she had to make two saves at the end and that’s hard when you’re playing 90 minutes.”
  • Junior co-captain Cassie Dickerson on facing West Virginia: “It’s going to be a good match. They’re skillful and athletic so it will be an even matchup. It will be a good test to play in a hostile environment and it’ll be interesting to see how everyone responds to a game on the road.”
  • The players choice for Player of the Game: Danielle Scoliere! “She was dominant tonight and nobody could keep up with her,” Walker said.