Nov. 26, 2010

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 3 seed Ohio State women's soccer team will continue its run to the NCAA College Cup next weekend after knocking off Georgetown, 2-1, in the quarterfinals Friday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes improve to 17-4-2 on the season and advance to the first Final Four in program history.

The Buckeyes will take on the winner of the Notre Dame/Oklahoma State matchup next Friday in Cary, N.C.

"All year we have tried to focus on what we have control over and the team positioned themselves really well early on," head coach Lori Walker said. "We have been able to stay fresh for postseason play, the effort has been tremendous and when we've needed players to step up, they have.

Lauren Granberg had an excellent chance to give the Buckeyes the early lead less than 10 minutes in but her shot from six yards out off a perfect through ball from Paige Maxwell sailed just over the crossbar.

Then in the 21st minute, Granberg tracked down a long ball at the edge of the box and was tripped up inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Senior co-captain Lauren Beachy slipped the shot inside the right post and past the outstretched arms of Georgetown goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin for the 1-0 lead.

After a quick flurry of chances by the Hoyas shortly after the Buckeyes took the lead, Ohio State controlled possession for most of the remainder of the half. The Buckeyes held an 8-5 advantage in shots but Georgetown led with three shots on goal to just two for Ohio State. Ohio State also led in corner kicks, 5-2.

The Buckeyes came out controlling possession early in the second half and Tiffany Cameron gave Ohio State a little insurance in the 53rd minute on her seventh goal of the season. The sophomore midfielder tracked down a long ball on the left wing, dribbled in and chipped a shot far post over the head of DesJardin for the 2-0 lead.

The Buckeyes almost pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 64th minute but Cameron's shot from an almost impossible angle on the left end line was deflected by DesJardin off the left post, then the crossbar and out of play.

With just under five minutes remaining, Ingrid Well recorded the Hoyas best chance of the game, almost cutting the lead to 2-1 when she drilled a shot from 25 yards out that drifted just wide left of the goal but that would be as close as Georgetown would get.

Ohio State held a 17-8 advantage in shots including 5-4 on goal. The Buckeyes also recorded seven corners to just three for Georgetown. Ohio State goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner recorded her fourth shutout of the season in the victory.