Nov. 2, 2006

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 seed Ohio State women’s soccer team lost to No. 3 seed Purdue, 2-1, in overtime Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, hosted by Penn State University in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes conclude their season 10-8-1 overall.

Five student-athletes earned All-Big Ten Team honors, the Big Ten Conference announced prior to the start of the tournament. Lisa Collison, (So., Niagara Falls, Ontario/Burlington Flames) who led the league in goals (11) and points (23) at the end of the regular season, was named to the first team at forward. Lara Dickenmann, (Jr., Kriens, Switzerland, DFC Sursee) who was tied for first with Collison in team points and was first in the conference in assists (9), earned first-team laurels at midfield. Senior tri-captain and two-time All-American Melissa Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping) was named to the defensive first-team. Fellow senior tri-captain, Lisa Grubb, (Portage, Mich./Michigan Hawks) who was fourth in the league in assists with six at the end of the regular season, captured second-team accolades at forward.

Amanda Ball (Jr, Centerville, Ohio/Cardinals) was Ohio State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

After no scoring in the first half, Ashley Bowyer (Fr., Aliso Viejo, Calif./Slammers), who was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, got the Buckeyes on the board first with an unassisted goal in the 49th minute. The goal was Bowyer’s first of her OSU career. However, Purdue’s Jessica Okoroafo scored less than a minute later (49:12) to even the score at 1-all. The Buckeyes and Boilermakers played scoreless soccer the rest of the way and went into an extra session. OSU outshot Purdue, 13-7, in the second half after shots were even in the first half, 6-6. It was a little more than three minutes into overtime (93:35), Purdue’s Sylvia Forbes scored the gamewinning goal.

“Purdue was the dominating team in the first half,” Lori Walker, head coach said. “We were lucky to survive in the half, but we came out in the second half and got a nice goal by Ashley Bowyer, the first of her career. We have to be stronger in our defense the next five minutes after scoring a goal because that is a critical moment in the game. We came into this tournament sixth in the conference and hopefully the NCAA selection committee will go deep in our conference because we have had worthy wins this season.”

Buckeye goalkeeper Lauren Robertson (Fr., Mission Viejo, Calif./So Cal Blues) had five saves, while Purdue’s Lauren Mason made nine stops. Overall, Ohio State outshot Purdue, 19-15, and the Buckeyes had four corner kicks compared to five corners for the Boilermakers.

Soccer Game Summary (Final)

Ohio State (10-8-1, 5-5-0) vs. Purdue (14-4-3, 6-3-1) Date: Nov 02, 2006

Goals by period 1 2 OT Total Ohio State 0 1 0 1 Purdue 0 1 1 2

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 48:54 OSU Bowyer,Ashley (1) (unassisted) 2. 49:12 PUR Jessica Okoroafo (8) (Kristin Hetzel) – cross from 31 into the 6, shot left 3. 93:35 PUR Sylvia Forbes (2) (Jill Sarbaugh;Kira Bilecky) – Headed in from near post into left corner

Shots: Ohio State 19, Purdue 15 Saves: Ohio State 5 (Robertson,Lauren 5), Purdue 9 (Lauren Mason 9) No. 3 Seed Purdue advances with overtime win vs. No. 6 Seed Ohio State to Big Ten Semifinals