Aug. 23, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s soccer student-athlete Lisa Collison and the Canadian Under-20 national team were eliminated in group action Wednesday at the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Canadians were placed in Group B, where they were joined by China, Nigeria and Finland. China (3-0-0) and Nigeria (2-1-0) advanced to the quarterfinals as the Top 2 teams from the group.

In third place with a 1-1 record, Canada still was in the hunt for quarterfinal action when they met China in the final and deciding match Wednesday. It was a close match, with both teams scoreless after the first half. However, China got on the board in the 54th minute and the one goal was enough for the 1-0 win. Earlier in the tournament, Canada dropped a 3-2 decision to Nigeria, but rebounded with a 2-0 win over Finland.

Collison, who helped the Canadians qualify for the Women’s “World Cup” by scoring two goals and notching two assists at the CONCACAF tournament in Veracruz and Cordoba, Mexico, received the start in Canada’s final match of the championships.

The 2005 goals (13) and points (29) leader for Ohio State, Collison will rejoin the Buckeye squad upon her return to Columbus. OSU begins its 2006 campaign Friday when it hosts Kent State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. The Scarlet and Gray concludes its two-match weekend Sunday when it welcomes Xavier at 6 p.m.