No. 18 Women's Soccer Hosts Xavier, Travels To Louisville
Aug. 31, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 18 Ohio State women's soccer team looks to rebound from a rare weekend sweep in its home opener against the Xavier Musketeers Thursday night. The match, set to begin at 7:30 p.m., at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, will be the first match against Xavier since 1998 when the Buckeyes prevailed 2-1. Following the Xavier contest Ohio State will again take to the road and meet the Louisville Cardinals. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., Sept. 4 at Louisville's Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky.
LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES FALL TWICE OUT WEST
Last Friday, the Buckeyes fell to Portland, 2-1, in a hard fought battle. Scoring OSU's lone goal was freshman Heather Young, who looped a shot over the head of goalkeeper Cori Alexander to give the Buckeyes the early lead. However, the lead would be short-lived as Portland tallied two unanswered goals to claim the victory.
Two days later against Washington, Ohio State came up short in overtime, 2-1. After trailing 1-0 in the second-half, OSU's Danielle Dietrich netted her first goal of the season, beating Washington goalie Kelsey Rasmussen. The Huskies tallied the deciding goal in the extra frame on a redirected corner kick.
LORI WALKER ASSISTS NBC IN ATHENS
Walker previously has worked with Comcast SportsNet in Maryland the last two years covering the Washington Freedom and in 2001 with Madison Square Garden (MSG) network announcing matches for the New York Power.
PLAYING THE FIELD
Heaney made the move back to the goalkeeper position against Washington this past Sunday and posted two saves in playing the full contest.
The Musketeers are led by 2003 scoring leader, Lauren Giesting. Giesting, a senior midfielder, tallied 25 points including 11 goals and three assists in 2003. After two games in 2004, Giesting has 4 shots.
Sophomore Natalie Baker solidifies the Musketeers in net. This season Baker owns an 0-1 record with a 1.33 GAA and five saves.
The head coach for Xavier is Ron Quinn. Quinn is in his 12th year as head coach for Xavier and holds a 129-85-11 career record.
OSU-XAVIER: ALL-TIME SERIES
The last meeting between the two teams came Sept. 15, 1998, with the Buckeyes claiming a 2-1 victory.
OSU VS. ATLANTIC 10
A LOOK AT LOUISVILLE
Leading the way for the Cardinals is sophomore forward Jamie Kraft. Kraft is the returning points leader from 2003. Last year, she tallied 20 points with eight goals and four assists.
In goal for the Cardinals is senior Meredith Miller. As a junior in 2003, Miller posted a 7-9-2 record with a 1.43 GAA and 62 saves.
Karen Ferguson is in her fifth year as head coach of the Cardinals. Since her arrival in 2000, Ferguson has posted a 17-53-4 record.
OSU VS. LOUISVILLE: ALL-TIME SERIES
LAST MEETING: BUCKEYES DEFEAT CARDINALS IN 2000
Sarah Lanham started the OSU scoring in the 10th minute when Lindsay Eckles pushed the ball through the defense allowing Lanham to have an open shot at the goal. Eckles added the second score when she broke through the defense and put the ball in the lower right corner of the goal. Eckles had eight of the 41 OSU shots.
OSU's seniors went to work in the second half when Amanda Orr put a loose ball into the net for a 3-1 advantage. The final goal of the match came from Liz White.
OHIO STATE AGAINST CONFERENCE USA
Individually, Buckeye freshman Lara Dickenmann is second in the Big Ten in shots with 11 while her 5.50 shots-per-game is rated third.
The loss in overtime against Washington marked only the second overtime loss since for OSU since a 2-1 defeat to Wake Forest, Sept. 1, 2000. OSU's only other loss in overtime since 2000 came against Michigan, Nov. 6, in the 2003 Big Ten Tournament with a 2-1 double-overtime contest. Since 2000, the Buckeyes are 6-3-4 in overtime contests.
Included in the nine victories were six shutouts, featuring a 1-0 win over then-No. 6 Virginia in Columbus, a 2-0 victory at perennial Conference USA power Cincinnati and 3-0 triumph over Atlantic-10 champion Dayton in the NCAA's.
RECRUIT CLASS RANKED AMONG NATION'S BEST
The class features the No. 1-ranked field player signing in the nation in Lara Dickenmann. A native of Kries, Switzerland, Dickenmann led her club team to the national championship in each of the last two seasons.
The Buckeyes also welcomed two top commitments from California in forwards Heather Young and Carleta Arbulu.
Young is a six-time member of the Southern California state team, a five-year member of the Region IV Olympic Development (ODP) team and competed for the USYS National All-Star Team in April 2003.
Arbulu is a five-year member of the Southern California state team and a four-year competitor on the Region IV ODP team.
In addition to an impressive out-of-region and international class, Walker added a trio of stellar Ohio products in Lindsay Mays, Keianna Mitchell and Heather Roberts, who all are veterans of the ODP system.
THREE BUCKEYES GARNER BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS IN 2003
Miller was honored Oct. 20, 2003 after helping the Buckeyes to a shutout win over Wisconsin, Oct. 17, 2003. Miller posted OSU's lone goal in the 1-0 shutout.
Sinkway, was named Athlete of the Week, Oct. 8, 2003, after posting a shutout 1-0 against Oct. 5, 2003 and blanking Michigan for 73 minutes in a 1-1 tie Oct. 3, 2003.
BUCKEYES PARTICIPATE IN KICKS FOR CANCER
CONTINUED HOME DOMINANCE
In 2003, the Buckeyes enjoyed a decided advantage with a 7-1-2 record at JOMS.
The Buckeyes dominated the Jesse Owens Stadium scoreboard a year ago, holding a 21-5 advantage in goals, while controlling the corner kick department by an astounding 107-54 ledger. Included in the corner kick advantage were three contests - Youngstown State, Iowa and Minnesota - where the Buckeyes held their opponents to zero corner kick opportunities.