Bucks Open Preseason at No. 2 Notre Dame

Go Buckeyes!
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Go Buckeyes!

August 24, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeyes will get their first taste of action with an exhibition match Thursday at second-ranked Notre Dame (NSCAA/Umbro) at 7:30 p.m. %^$

OSU is 0-4 against the Irish all-time. The Buckeyes have scored only one goal against Notre Dame throughout the series history, coming in the 2-1 1995 overtime loss at Columbus. The Irish have pushed 18 goals past OSU keepers and have yet to give up a point to the Buckeyes when playing at home. %^$

Notre Dame opens the 1998 season ranked second in the nation for the fourth consecutive year. The Irish return nine starters, including four All-Americans and three starters from the U.S. under-20 national team in Jenny Streiffer, LayKesia Beene and Jen Grubb. Notre Dame is ranked third in Soccer America's preseason poll and Streiffer, Beene, Grubb and Anne Makinen are preseason All-Americans. %^$

The Buckeyes finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten with a 9-9-1 overall mark (3-5-0 in the conference). The team loses three powerful offensive forces in Tiffany Tisdale (9G, 3A in 1997), All-American Jodie Stranges (9G, 2A) and Lisa Suttmiller (11 OSU records). %^$

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. %^$

OSU opens on the road this season Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. at Evansville's Black Beauty Field (capacity-2,500). 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 year. The squad returns eight starters and is riding a nine-match unbeaten streak. The 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 honors in 1997, including tournament MVP Laura Poland (Jr., MID). Evansville allowed just 0.90 goals per contest last year while averaging almost two. In season opening games the Aces are 3-1-1 overall, 1-0 at home and 0-1 against Big Ten opponents (lost 1-0 at Minnesota in 1997). Evansville is 2-3-1 all-time against the Big Ten. %^$

%^$THE MATCH%^$Thursday, Aug. 27 at Notre Dame's Alumni Field, 7:30 p.m., Notre Dame, Ind. %^$

%^$TRAVEL INFORMATION%^$The team will depart for Notre Dame at 1 p.m. from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and will be staying at the South Bend Ramada Inn (219 272-5220). %^$


  • ND leads series 4-0-0 and has outscored OSU 18-1. OSU has never scored at Alumni Field. %^$
  • OSU returns just one starting striker in Katy Traeger, who opened nine matches in 1997. %^$
  • ND has four preseason All-Americans on its roster and three U.S. National Team members.