Dec. 1, 2010
Third-seeded Ohio State travels to the NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup for the first time in program history this weekend, taking on No. 4 Notre Dame on Friday in Cary, N.C. The Buckeyes (17-4-2) and Fighting Irish (19-2-2) are set to kick off at 4 p.m. ET at WakeMed Soccer Park. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 or ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
Ohio State is the first Big Ten team to earn a spot in the College Cup since 2005, when top-seeded Penn State made an appearance in the national semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Portland in a penalty kick shootout. The Buckeyes are 7-5-1 all-time in NCAA Championship play, including 3-0-1 in this season's tournament.
After earning a No. 3 seed and home-field advantage through the first two rounds of play, the Buckeyes opened the tournament with a double-overtime thriller against Saint Francis (Pa.). Danielle Scoliere scored in the 106th minute to push Ohio State to a 1-0 win and into the second round. The Buckeyes then played to a scoreless draw with Dayton before winning a penalty kick shootout to advance to the round of 16.
Playing in its first road match of the tournament, Ohio State wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard against No. 2 Virginia as Tiffany Cameron scored just under two minutes into the match to give the Buckeyes an early lead. Danica Wu and Lauren Steuer would tack on two more to give Ohio State a 3-0 lead. Virginia scored twice in the second half, but the visitors held on to secure a 3-2 win and advance to the national quarterfinals.
The Buckeyes defeated Georgetown, 2-0, in the quarterfinals to advance to their first College Cup. Lauren Beachy scored her first goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 21st minute and Cameron added an insurance goal in the 53rd minute to give Ohio State the win. Goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner made four saves in her third shutout of the postseason.
With a win, Ohio State would move on to the national championship match, squaring off with either No. 1 Stanford (22-0-2) or No. 2 Boston College (17-6-1) for the national title. The championship match will be played on Sunday at Noon ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.