Ohio Wesleyan 1, Amherst 0
Nov. 17, 2001
OHIO -- It takes a big-time goal to win a big-time game, and that's exactly
what senior forward Katy Sturtz (Worthington/Columbus Watterson) provided
as Ohio Wesleyan defeated Amherst (Mass.) on Saturday at Roy Rike Field
to win its first-ever NCAA Division III championship in women's soccer.
national title is the third for Ohio Wesleyan, following crowns in men's
basketball in 1988 and men's soccer in 1998.
broke a scoreless tie with 7:45 left in the first half. Freshman defender
Deborah Lochner (Bexley) sent the ball across from the left side and Sturtz
trapped it with her chest at the top of the box. Continuing toward the
right side of the box, she turned and fired a shot that Amherst keeper
Brooke Diamond could only watch sail into the top left corner of the goal.
not saying it was luck, but I've done it before," Sturtz said. "It
felt right and it went in. I feel great -- we've worked four years for
this. My dream finally came true. I'm just proud of the team -- I couldn't
do it without them."
was a world-class goal, one of the best goals I've seen," said Ohio
Wesleyan head coach Bob Barnes. "She turns, hits it upper corner
-- the goalkeeper didn't have a chance."
game) wasn't lost on a mistake," said Amherst head coach Michelle
Morgan. "You don't want to lose a national championship on a mistake,
you want them to earn it. (Ohio Wesleyan) definitely earned it."
Wesleyan controlled play for most of the first half, putting together
a scoring opportunity in the first 2 minutes on a direct kick into the
box, but Sturtz couldn't quite get to the ball and Diamond corralled it
wide of the goal.
Bishops had another dangerous chance midway through the period after a
corner kick. The ball was sent in and headed by sophomore defender Amy
Work (Westerville/South), but the Lord Jeff defense cleared the ball away.
made her first save of the game with 19:02 left in the half, snaring a
header by senior forward Erin Croasmun (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure)
near the left post.
Wesleyan kept up the pressure and got shots from sophomore forward Erika
Howland (Terrace Park/Mariemont) and Sturtz after a restart with 10:14
remaining in the half.
Two minutes later, a Bishop corner kick was sent toward the top of the
box and a shot by senior defender Katie Buchert (Middletown) went over
Bishops won the ball back after the ensuing goal kick, setting up Sturtz'
goal. The score was the first allowed in the first half by Amherst in
its last 8 games, and marked only the second time in the last 15 games
that the Lord Jeffs trailed in the first half.
for the tying goal, the Lord Jeffs started speedy striker Lee-Jay Henry
in the second half, and the move nearly paid off instantly. Henry took
a run into the box in the second minute of the second half, but her shot
was blocked by Work and caromed off Henry and over the end line.
the Lord Jeffs were shutting down the Bishop offense. Ohio Wesleyan's
best 2 chances in the first part of the second half came on direct kicks
by freshman defender Toni Frissora (Columbus/Westerville South), the first
of which was wide and the second whistled dead when the Bishops were ruled
Henry took another run into the box midway through the half, beating a pair
of Bishop defenders with a slick move, but senior midfielder Megan Forman
(Sunbury/Big Walnut) came over to break up the play.
best chance came with 15:15 to play after the Lord Jeffs were awarded
a corner kick. Amherst midfielder Jenny Rossman sent the ball into the
box, and Lord Jeff midfielder Cathy Poor got a head on it only to see
the ball bounce off the crossbar. The Bishops got the ball out of the
box but it went to Rossman along the left end line, and she played it
back in to Poor, whose left-footed shot again hit the crossbar. This time,
Ohio Wesleyan was able to clear the ball and defuse the threat.
Lord Jeff defense kept the game close, holding Howland without a shot
after she got to a through ball from Sturtz with 8:50 remaining in regulation
time, and then holding the Bishops without a shot after a corner kick
with 3:50 to play.
last try came in the closing seconds on another through ball that Henry
was unable to catch up to. Bishop keeper Mindy Hammond (Columbus/DeSales)
covered the ball with 20 seconds to play, and the Bishops were able to
run out the clock.
coach Michelle Morgan discounted talk of the end of the Cinderella run
of the Lord Jeffs.
"We felt we really deserved to be here. We didn't think we would
be early on, (because of) injuries and illnesses, but once we got people
healthy and back together we got back on a winning streak. I
give Ohio Wesleyan a lot of credit -- they got the break you need and
they were able to finish it off."
Wesleyan outshot Amherst, 11-8, but the Lord Jeffs held a 6-5 advantage
in the second half. Diamond made 2 saves in the Amherst goal, while Hammond
had 1 save for the Bishops.
teams finished their seasons with school-record win totals. Ohio Wesleyan's
22 wins established school and North Coast Athletic Conference records,
while the 16-5-1 mark posted by the Lord Jeffs is the best in Amherst
was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player on offense, while Bishop
defender Akeya Terrell (Gahanna/Westerville North) was named the tournament's
Most Outstanding Player on defense. The rest of the all-tournament team,
selected by the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer committee:
NCAA Division III championship all-tournament team
Outstanding Player, Offense: Cathy Poor, Amherst.
Outstanding Player, Defense: Akeya Terrell, Ohio Wesleyan.
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