Sept. 24, 2004
The Ohio State women’s soccer team (5-2-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten) gained its first win in league play in front of 1,502 in attendance Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with a 1-0 victory over Purdue (6-3-0,2-1-0 Big Ten). Midfielder Heather Miller was responsible for the lone score in the game as OSU upped its record to 4-0 at home this season and 11-1-2 over the last two seasons in Columbus.
“Overall, this was a big win for us,” Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. “I am pleased with our offensive creativity. We are creating great scoring opportunities. I also am pleased with how our team worked and played together. They communicated well and it only builds our confidence for Sunday’s game against Indiana.”
Following nearly 35 scoreless minutes in the opening half, Miller (Sr., Centerville, Ohio) buried a penalty kick at the 10:50 mark after Lisa Grubb (Jr., Portage, Mich.) penetrated the Purdue zone and was fouled as she reached the 6-yard box. On the penalty, Miller fired toward the right corner and past Boilermaker keeper Lauren Mason for her fourth goal of the season and her second converted PK in two tries this season.
Moments later, OSU midfielder Lara Dickenmann (Fr., Kriens, Switzerland) brought the 1,502 in attendance to their feet as she blasted a shot from 30 yards and drilled the middle of the cross bar, narrowly missing her third score of the season.
After controlling the first half with an 11-3 advantage in shots, the Buckeyes continued to attack. In the 68th minute, Grubb and Dickenmann combined to nearly miss widening the Ohio State lead with two shots that were turned away by Mason. Liz Mumley (Sr., Woodbridge, Va.) followed less than a minute later with a shot inside the goal box that missed high. The Ohio State defense, led by co-captain Erica Nollen (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) and All-American Mellisa Miller (So., Cincinnati, Ohio), along with goalkeeper Emily Haynam (Sr., Westerville, Ohio) fought off a late Purdue attack and finished off the shutout. The win helped Haynam improve to 2-1 on the season with her second blanking.
Overall, the Buckeyes outshot the Boilermakers 23-7, including a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.
Ohio State finishes its weekend series at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, playing host to Indiana.
Purdue (6-3-0, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. Ohio State (5-2-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten) Date: Sep 24, 2004 Attendance: 1502
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ——————————- PUR…………….. 0 0 – 0 Ohio State………. 1 0 – 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 34:10 OSU Miller, Heather Penalty kick
Shots: PUR 6, Ohio State 23 Saves: PUR 6 (Mason, Lauren 6), Ohio State 2 (Haynam, Emily 2)