Aug. 25, 2006

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team (0-0-1; 0-0-0 Big Ten) played Kent State (0-0-1; 0-0-0 MAC) to a scoreless tie in double overtime Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the squad’s season opening match of 2006. OSU out shot KSU 29-4 and four Buckeyes, including freshman goalkeeper Lauren Robertson played all 110 minutes.

Ohio State had several scoring opportunities in the first half. Lara Dickenmann (Jr., Kriens, Switzerland/DFC Sursee) had two shots on goal in the stanza, both coming within the 18-yard box in the 21st and 10th minutes, respectively.

“I would have to say we were frustrated for 110 minutes by solid goal keeping,” Lori Walker, who is in her 10th season as OSU head coach, said. “I have to give credit to Kent State, they were very organized and played very well.

“We just could not finish. I was happy with everything else. We dominated every statistical category.”

It was the same scenario in the second half with the Buckeyes putting up 13 shots compared to two for the Golden Flashes. Senior tri-captain Lisa Grubb (Sr., Portage, Mich./Michigan Hawks) had the best scoring chance for the squad at 33:49, as her shot in the 18-yard box hit the right post and bounced into KSU goalkeeper Alicia Fernandez’s hands.

Ohio State recorded six more shots in the extra periods, all in the second overtime. Taylor Smith (Sr., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Cobras) had an opportunity to notch the golden goal for the Buckeyes at 6:45 in the second overtime, but Fernandez once again stepped up in the box to make the save. A scramble in the 6-yard box with 2:20 left in the final stanza nearly gave the Buckeyes the win, as several members of the Scarlet and Gray were in position to score. Robertson (Fr., Mission Viejo, Calif./So Cal Blues) made four saves on the day, while Fernandez tallied 11. The KSU defense had two team saves to their credit as well. In addition to out shooting Kent State, Ohio State also had more corner kicks (21-1).

“In the next game we have to find the back of the net,” Walker said. “We need to do a better job of taking advantage of the numbers we have in the box.”

Including Robertson, defenders Emily Francis (Sr., Alliance, Ohio/Ohio Premier), Melissa Miller (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping), and Keiana Mitchell (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Dayton Soccer Academy) played a full 110 minutes to help keep the Golden Flashes off the board.

The Buckeyes are back in action Sunday at 6 p.m. vs. Xavier at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Soccer Game Summary (Final)

Kent State (0-0-1; 0-0-0) vs. Ohio State (0-0-1; 0-0-0) Date: Aug 25, 2006 (Columbus, Ohio) Attendance: 237 Weather: Hot and Sunny 88 degrees

Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot Kent State 0 0 0 0 – 0 Ohio State 0 0 0 0 – 0

Shots: Kent State 4, Ohio State 29 Saves: Kent State 13 (FERNANDEZ, Alicia 11; TEAM 2), Ohio State 4 (ROBERTSON,LAUREN 4)