March 31, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - - The Ohio State women's soccer team will host a scrimmage against the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The scrimmage, set to begin at 10 a.m., will precede the Columbus Crew season opener against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Admission to the OSU soccer match is free.
"Our team is very excited to play this weekend," Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. "Nebraska is great program and it will be a nice challenge for our team. We graduated nine seniors last year, so this weekend will be a great opportunity to see who steps up and fills the voids."
This season the Buckeyes look to improve on 2004 where they finished a program-best 19-4-3, won the Big Ten tournament title and advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight" before falling 1-0 in the national quarterfinal to UCLA. Despite the loss of nine seniors in 2004, the 2005 Buckeyes will showcase 2004 SoccerBuzz and Soccer America National Freshman of the Year Lara Dickenmann (Kriens, Switzerland), who set OSU records with 38 points, 13 goals and 12 assists. In all, the Buckeyes return seven starters and the team's Top 4 leading scorers, including 30-point scorers Lisa Grubb (Sr., Portage, Mich.) and Danielle Dietrich (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio). Two-time All-American Melissa Miller (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) returns in the backline as well as standout defender Keiana Mitchell (So., Cincinnati, Ohio), who earned All-Great Lakes recognition as a freshman last season.
Nebraska, a perennial NCAA contender, finished its 2004 season with a record of 14-9 and advanced in the NCAA "Sweet-16" before falling to Illinois 2-1. In earlier spring action this year, Nebraska downed NCAA powerhouse North Carolina, 2-1, March 4, but fell to Duke by a 1-0 count March 7. The Buckeyes will begin their 2005 season against Kent State at 4 p.m. August 26 in Kent, Ohio.
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