Practice Begins for New Look Buckeyes

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

August 14, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Buckeye soccer is back as the women's team reports to camp this Friday in preparation for the 1998 campaign. The outcome for the season is unpredictable but the agenda is Eleven newcomers join the Buckeye squad this year, comprising the No. 7 ranked (Soccer Buzz) recruiting class in the Great Lakes region. %^$




%^$Friday: The team arrives for fall camp with two days of meetings, physicals and orientation on the agenda. %^$

%^$Saturday: Team meetings continue and walk-on tryouts will take place at 6 p.m. %^$

%^$Sunday: Practice begins in the morning followed by a Scarlet and Gray scrimmage at 6 p.m. at the King Ave. fields. %^$


  • The team will attend Columbus Crew games on Sunday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 22
  • The Buckeyes will have a BBQ at Bill Davis Stadium for friends, family and staff following the S&G scrimmage

%^$Walker on preseason camp: "The first thing we need is to get 11 freshmen acclimated get them on the same page as the rest of the team. Hopefully the team is going to come back in shape and we'll pick up where we left off last spring. A lot of the team building that we have worked on has dealt with welcoming new people on to the team how quickly we do that affects how well we perform." %^$

%^$Promotional dates: There will be a post-game clinic (free of charge) after the Michigan game on Sept. 27. Parent's Day will fall on the Northwestern game (Oct. 18) and Senior Day is set for the home finale against Arkansas on Oct. 31. %^$

%^$Admission is free: There will be no charge for admission to home games this year. %^$

%^$The 1997 squad finished with a 9-9-1 mark and a seventh-place (3-5-0) Big Ten mark. Gone are All-American Jodie Stranges and Buckeye record holders Lisa Suttmiller and Tiffany Tisdale. Back are Becky Borchers (12G, 8A for career), Ashlee Orr, Katy Traeger (14 points in 1997) and 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jennifer Plante. %^$

%^$Due to construction of the Jerome Schottenstein Center, North Field is no longer available for use by the soccer teams. Practices will be held at the Jesse Owens Recreation Center on West campus until the new practice fields at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center become available. Games will be held at the OSU Sports Field which is located south of Ohio Stadium near Larkins Hall. Dimensions of the natural grass field will be 75 x 115 yards with a capacity of 800. %^$

%^$The Buckeyes will get their first taste of action with an exhibition match at Notre Dame, Aug. 28, 7 p.m. OSU is 0-4 against the Irish all-time. %^$

%^$Notre Dame opens the 1998 season as the No. 2 (NSCAA/Umbro) team in the nation for the fourth consecutive year. The Irish return nine starters, including four All-Americans and three starters for the U.S. under-20 national team (Jenny Streiffer, LayKesia Beene and Jen Grubb). %^$

%^$Sept. 1 at 5 p.m., Black Beauty Field (capacity-2,500), Evansville, Ind. This is the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Purple Aces. %^$

%^$The Purple Aces put together a 14-5-2 1997 campaign, winning both the regular season (5-0-0) and Missouri Valley Conference tournament for the second consecutive season. The squad returns eight starters and is riding a nine-match unbeaten streak. Team is led by junior Krissy Meek (9G, 3A in 1997), the MVC Player of the Year the past two seasons. All-conference selection Jennifer Lembeck (Jr., FWD) finished tied for seventh in the conference for scoring with 16 points. Eight total all-conference selections (four first team) return, including the 1997 defensive Player of the Year, Terra May. Four Aces also earned all-tournament team honors, including tournament MVP Laura Poland (Jr., MID).%^$