Soccer Squad Looks To Stay Hot
November 06, 2012
The Ohio State women’s soccer team heads to the NCAA Tournament on a roll, with a No. 4 seed, and with a Big Ten title in hand.
Next for a the Buckeyes is a date with Oakland University at 5 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Oakland is 11-5-3 on the season, 6-2-0 in Summit League play and won the Summit League Tournament.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children and can be purchased 90 minutes prior to the game Saturday at the southwest entrance to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State is on a program record-tying nine-game win streak, moving its record to 16-4-1 on the season, 8-2-1 in Big Ten conference play. The Buckeyes defeated No. 7 seed Nebraska, No. 3 seed Michigan and No. 5 seed Illinois en route to the program’s third Big Ten Tournament title last week in Bloomington, Ind.
OSU came into that tournament as the No. 2 seed and defeated Illinois 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium to earn the conference’s automatic entry into the NCAAs. The Buckeyes claimed their third Big Ten Tournament title and tied the nine-game win streak of the 2004 team.
“We had a very difficult start to the season losing our first two games on the road, but we vowed to get better every single game and every single week in training and it has showed as this team has come so far,” head coach Lori Walker said. “To play three games in five days is just really grueling and I'm very pleased with our performance.”
In the title game, Ohio State held a 6-5 advantage in shots before the half but the Illini were able to put four on goal to two for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes came out of the break strong, taking the 1-0 lead in the 65th minute when Tiffany Cameron tallied her team-high 19th goal of the season.
Less than a minute later, Michela Paradiso controlled at the center of the box and fired from 10 yards but her shot caromed off the crossbar and out of play. Cameron then added an insurance tally in the 69th minute when she controlled a through ball from Paradiso with her back to goal at the top of the box and finished far post for a 2-0 Ohio State advantage.
Ellyn Gruber almost made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute but her shot from 10 yards was lifted just over the crossbar and out of play. Allie Osoba headed home a far-post cross to cut the lead to 2-1 but Illinois couldn’t add another as the Buckeyes joined the 2002 and 2004 squads as Big Ten Tournament champions.
Cameron, once again, was the standout.
“I had really struggled in the first two games of the tournament but my teammates really lifted me up,” she said. “People always talk about good players showing up when their team needs them most and I’m glad I was able to do that today.”
Cameron was named the Offensive Player of the Tournament while goalkeeper Jillian McVicker garnered Defensive Player of the Tournament honors. Cameron, McVicker and Lauren Granberg were each named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team.