Ohio State 1, Tennessee 0



COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State women's soccer team (19-3-3) won its ninth straight match, 1-0, over Tennessee Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to advance to the national quarterfinals against UCLA Saturday. Lisa Grubb scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute to help the Buckeyes remain unbeaten at home in 2004 at 15-0-1. The score served as Grubb's 31st at Ohio State, moving her into the top spot all-time in Buckeye annals.

With the win over 11th-seeded Tennessee, Ohio State, the No. 6 seed, remains in contention in the NCAA tournament and moves on to play the 14th-seeded Bruins (16-6-0) Saturday. Site and time for the match will be announced Monday morning.

The match went scoreless for the first 80 minutes before Grubb (Jr., Portage, Mich.) netted her seventh game-winning goal of the season to give the Buckeyes the 1-0 edge. Grubb took a feed from defender Emily Francis (So., Alliance, Ohio) and dribbled through a pair of Tennessee defenders at the top of the 18-yard box. After clearing the UT backline, Grubb fired the scoring shot past Lady Vol keeper Vannessa Phillips-Bosshart into the right side of the net.

The goal, Grubb's 12th of the season, moved her out of a tie with Lisa Suttmiller for the career lead at Ohio State. Suttmiller scored 30 goals from 1994-to-1997.

The two teams played evenly in a scoreless first half with Ohio State's best scoring chance coming in the last minute of play when Lara Dickenmann (Fr., Kreins, Switzerland) sent a crossing pass through the Tennessee zone that narrowly missed a streaking Grubb as the ball dribbled out of play.

Tennessee put together a flurry of scoring opportunities between the 52nd and 54th minutes as Ohio State defender Melissa Miller (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) blocked a shot before Danielle Dietrich (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded a back save on a UT corner kick. Moments later, Francis stopped a threat with a tackle outside the right side of the 18-yard box.

The shutout Saturday served as Ohio State's 13th on the season and fourth straight blanking. OSU keeper Emily Haynam (Sr., Westerville) was credited with the win and her ninth shutout, which ties the all-time record at Ohio State.

For the match, Ohio State and Tennessee each attempted 14 shots, with the Buckeyes holding a 7-to-4 edge in shots on goal. Tennessee owned a 4-3 lead in corner kicks.

-- Courtesy Ohio State