June 7, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team named Emily Francis, Lisa Grubb and Melissa Miller the 2006 team captains Lori Walker, head coach, announced Wednesday.
"Our three captains carry a vast level of experience," Walker said. "Each has participated at the highest level in soccer and has seen the highs and lows of our program. They have a very clear and united vision for the 2006 Buckeye team, as well as understand and respect the challenges of competing for championships. They are three of our most consistent and our toughest competitors who have learned to strive for excellence in every aspect of the game while maintaining balance in their lives. They will link the coaching staff with the players to communicate and guide others along the way. "
A native of Alliance, Ohio, Francis (Ohio Premier) will serve her second-consecutive season as captain, as she was voted captain by her teammates a year ago. Francis has started 63 of 65 games in her two-year career at Ohio State and in 2005 started 17 of 18 matches.
Grubb (Portage, Mich./Michigan Hawks) will be entering her sixth year of eligibility for the Buckeyes after suffering season-ending injuries in 2003 and 2005. Currently, the OSU all-time leader in goals with 31, Grubb also was a 2005 co-captain with Francis.
Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping), who redshirted her freshman year and is entering her fifth year at Ohio State is the only current Buckeye to start every game since 2003 (65). Miller started all 21 matches in 2003 and was in the starting line-up for 26-consecutive matches in 2004. In 2005, Miller received the starting nod in Ohio State's 18 games and was a Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten honoree.