Ohio State 3, Detroit 0



COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Ohio State women's soccer team (18-3-3) defeated Detroit (14-8-1, Horizon League), 3-0, Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the No. 6-seed Buckeyes advanced to the Round of 16 next week and face No. 11 Tennessee, which downed UAB, 1-0, in its second-round match Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. The Buckeyes will play the Volunteers next week either Friday or Sunday in Columbus or Knoxville. The NCAA will determine the date, time and site Monday.

Following a scoreless first half, freshman Keiana Mitchell (D, Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Kathy Fulk (F, Dublin, Ohio) and sophomore Melissa Miller (D, Cincinnati, Ohio) each netted goals in the second half to extend Ohio State's all-time best win streak to eight matches and up the Buckeyes' record at home to 14-0-1 in 2004. Ohio State will make its first appearance in the Round of 16.

Mitchell put the Buckeyes ahead in the 62nd minute with her second goal of 2004. The play started with OSU defender Emily Francis (So., Alliance, Ohio) playing a feed to freshman midfielder Lara Dickenmann (Kreins, Switzerland), who advanced into the Titan zone. Dickenmann dribbled a pass beyond Detroit keeper Allison Dube and found Mitchell, who chipped in the shot from two yards out.

In the 74th minute, Fulk helped the Buckeyes extend their lead to 2-0 with her second goal of the season. Fulk took a pass from junior Lisa Grubb (F, Portage, Mich.) just past midfield and advanced into the Titan zone. From there, she beat the Detroit backline and Dube from eight yards out on the left side.

In the 84th minute, Ohio State converted a free kick from the left corner to seal the match at 3-0. M. Miller headed her third goal of the season after a rebound from a Liz Mumley (Sr., Woodbridge, Va.) shot. Heather Miller (Sr., Centerville, Ohio) also was credited with an assist, starting the play with the free kick.

The Buckeyes dominated play in the second period, owning a 17-4 advantage in shots en route to a 23-7 margin for the contest. Ohio State fired 10 shots on goal against Detroit's three.

Ohio State senior goalkeeper Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio) earned her 15th win of the season as her and the OSU backline of M. Miller, Mitchell, Erica Nollen (Sr., West Chester, Ohio), Francis and Paige Harrison (Sr., Centerville, Ohio) helped Ohio State record its third straight shutout and 12th of the season.

-- Courtesy Ohio State