Feb. 2, 2004
Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State freshman defender Melissa Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Colerain), who joined a distinctive class in December as she became the second Buckeye to earn All-America honors in the 10-year history of the Ohio State women's soccer program, was recently named to the 2003 Soccerbuzz Great Lakes All-Region First Team Jan. 30. Miller, who also was honored by Soccerbuzz as a Great Lakes all-freshman team performer, was joined by Ohio State sophomore forward Colleen Hoban (Stongsville, Ohio/ Walsh Jesuit) as an all-region first team honoree.
Miller, who also earned 2003 Great Lakes All-Regional honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association and All-Big Ten honors, combined with co-captain Erica Nollen (West Chester, Ohio/ Lakota East) to spearhead the Ohio State backline in the 2003 season. Miller helped to lead a record-setting Buckeye defensive unit as OSU established an all-time team mark in goals against average and number of goals allowed in one season. Miller, who also contributed on the offensive end with six points on two goals and a pair of assists in 2003, led a defense that allowed just 17 goals in 21 matches, which calculated to a 0.77 goals against average this season. The two marks shattered the previous Ohio State all-time record of 24 goals allowed in the 1996 and 1998 seasons and bested the 0.86 GAA mark set in 1998.
Hoban, who was OSU's second-leading scorer in her freshman campaign in 2002, led the Buckeyes with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. Hoban saw action in all 21 Buckeye contests, starting 20. The sophomore also fronted the Buckeyes in game-winning goals with four, including the deciding score in Ohio State's 1-0 upset win over then-No. 6 Virginia at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Sept. 5. After just two seasons, Hoban has moved up the all-time charts for Ohio State women's soccer into sixth-place with 17 career goals and eighth with 40 career points.
The Buckeyes commence the 2004 season August 24 at Eugene, Oregon for a bout with the University of Oregon and complete the season-opening west coast swing with matches Friday, August 27 and Sunday, August 29 in Seattle, Wash. against 2002 national champion Portland Friday and the University of Washington Sunday.
The Buckeye open the home season with a match against Xavier Thursday, Sept. 2 and boast a three-game home stand against LSU, Virginia Tech and Kent State later in the month.
A complete listing of the 2004 Ohio State schedule can be found at: Ohio State Women's Soccer Schedule.
ALL GREAT LAKES, FIRST TEAM
PLAYER, SCHOOL - POSITION (YEAR)
Tara Hurless, Illinois - Forward (Junior)
Annette Kent, Purdue - Forward (Senior)
Beth Liesen, Eastern Illinois - Forward (Senior)
Amy Warner, Notre Dame - Forward (Senior)
Kim Grodek, Indiana - Midfielder (Junior)
Colleen Hoban, Ohio State - Midfielder (Sophomore)
Tesia Kozlowski, Dayton - Midfielder (Junior)
Julianne Sitch, DePaul - Midfielder (Sophomore)
Meghan Kolze, Illinois - Defender (Senior)
Melissa Miller, Ohio State - Defender (Freshman)
Andrea Sied, Michigan State - Defender (Senior)
Melissa Tancredi, Notre Dame - Defender (Senior)
Leisha Alcia, Illinois - Goalkeeper (Junior)
ALL FRESHMAN GREAT LAKES REGION
PLAYER, SCHOOL - POSITION
Jessica Bayne, Illinois - Forward
Jamie Craft, Louisville - Forward
Tiffany Horvath, Ohio - Forward
Haley Lentsch, Minnesota - Forward
Jen Buczkowski, Notre Dame - Midfielder
Kara Kabellis, Wisconsin - Midfielder
Kim Lorenzen, Notre Dame - Midfielder
Lisa-Marie Woods, Oakland - Midfielder
Ginny Graczyk, UW-Milwaukee - Defender
Melissa Miller, Ohio State - Defender
Cat Panabaker, Oakland - Defender
Chantel Robinson, Western Michigan - Defender
Christie Shaner, Notre Dame - Defender
Lauren Mason, Purdue - Goalkeeper
Megan Tuura, Michigan - Goalkeeper