As my wife mentions, often enough, if you want something done right, “let a woman do it”. So, Urban, Thad, please follow along. Coaches Therese Hession and Lisa Strom have their team on a roll and sit as co-champions the in B1G Women’s Golf Tourney. This comes a week after the team hosting, and winning the Lady Buckeye Invitational.
Freshman Jessica Porvasnik was a tournament medalist (lowest score) at an even par 216. The 2nd lowest score for the tournament came from OSU’s Zoe-Beth Brake. The freshman shot a 3-over 219.
You may have noticed a bit of commonality; the two top scorers are Buckeyes and they are Freshmen. Based on this season, other Big Ten teams need to have Jessica and Zoe-Beth get an itch to leave for the LPGA early, otherwise it will be a long three years for them.
I want to point out that in addition to their high-level coaching, Hession and Strom have shown the capability to recruit quality young ladies to join the Ohio State program.
Finally, I want to point out the “never quit” attitude of Senior Allison Harper. As you may recall. Allison highlighted her regular season the previous week (Lady Buckeye Invitational) with a hole-in-one. That’s impressive. The following is also impressive; despite a horrific opening round (hint: a score that I could have shot) Allison turned into a “grinder” the final two rounds with a 79 (not bad) and a 73 (really good). This is a great example of a Senior fighting through her “B” game to make a significant contribution to the team in a meaningful tournament.
The next event is the NCAA Regional, selections and pairing to be announced later. Stay tuned.
Update: The Buckeyes are in the Central Region, played at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, OK. The event will be conducted May 8-10. Eight teams and two individuals will advance to the May 20-23 finals. There are 24 teams in each (East, Midwest, West) Region.
Spotlight on: Ohio State Women’s Soccer
The Ohio State women’s soccer team defeated Illinois 2-1 on Sunday afternoon (11/4) to win the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes, seeded second, defeated the fifth-seeded Illini to bring back the third conference tournament title in program history. The team finished 16-4-1 on the season.
A physical back and forth first half had the game scoreless at halftime. In the second half, Tiffany Cameron scored her 19th goal of the season to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. She scored the second goal for her team in the 69th minute off a pass from teammate Michela Paradiso. Illinois cut the lead to 2-1 around the 80th minute after a goal by Allie Osoba, but they could not manage to tie it up.
Ohio State led the Illini in shots 19-7, led by Cameron’s six shots. She was named the Offensive Player of the Tournament while teammate and Ohio State goalkeeper Jillian McVicker was named Defensive Player of the Tournament.
To reach the championship game, the Buckeyes defeated Nebraska in the first round 1-0 and Michigan in the second round 2-1. Read More