Sept. 28, 2003
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior forward Lori Arnold scored her first career goal Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Soccer Complex, but it wasn't enough as the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes held off No. 24 Purdue, 2-1.
The loss was the Boilermakers first in Big Ten Competition, dropping them to 3-1-0 and 7-2-2 overall. The Buckeyes, coming off a 1-0 loss to Indiana on Friday, bettered their conference mark to 1-1-1 and their overall record to 7-1-1.
Arnold's goal, which came in the 36th minute, couldn't have come at a more opportune time, as it cut into Ohio State's 2-0 lead.
Helping to set up the score was forward Annette Kent, who came down the far right side with the ball and then flipped it towards the middle near Arnold and Lauren Sesselmann.
Sesselmann and Arnold passed the ball back and forth in close to each other near the top of the penalty box, before Arnold decided to spring towards her left side. With Arnold open, Sesselmann kicked it back to her at the top left corner of the box, and Arnold made a quick move on Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam for the score.
"I thought Lori's goal was fantastic," said Purdue head coach Rob Klatte. "That was a big goal for the team. If she keeps on scoring she will definitely see more playing time. I've been very happy with her play as of late, including today and against Penn State."
The score brought the Purdue crowd back to life going into halftime, but the Buckeyes' defense managed to hold their own in the second period. Ohio State limited Purdue to five shots in the second half, and 12 for the game, while also clearing out six corner kick opportunities.
"We had a hard time controlling our corner kicks," said Klatte. "The team didn't get many good chances, and we lost some chances, as well. We need to focus, because if we don't do the simple things, it's going to be hard."
The Buckeyes also took six corner shots, but converted two of them into goals.
The first Ohio State goal came in the 20th minute after Danielle Dietrich connected from the middle of the goal box. The corner kick, taken by Paige Harrison, was headed down by Liz Mumley to Dietrich, who then pushed it past a diving Lauren Mason.
Five minutes later the tandem of Dietrich and Harrison struck again off a corner kick. In this instance, Harrison's corner kick sailed untouched to the 5-11 midfielder, who promptly headed in the eventual game-winner.
Dietrich led all players with five shots, three of which were shots on goal. The goals were her second and third of the season.
The two goals were the most allowed by Mason since Aug. 31 in a home game against Eastern Michigan (T, 2-2). Mason made three saves in the loss, which served as the first of the freshman's young career.
"The team had a lot of confidence coming off the win against Penn State, so we really thought that we could come back and beat Ohio State," said Sesselmann, who finished the game with an assist and two shots. "I'm very disappointed that we didn't win, but it happens and we'll be ready for Iowa."
The Boilermakers head back out on the road next Sunday, Oct. 5 for a 1 p.m. game in Iowa City against the Hawkeyes. Purdue also will play at Michigan State (Oct. 10) and at Michigan (Oct. 11) before returning to the Varsity Soccer Complex on Friday, Oct. 17, for a 4 p.m. match with Northwestern.