Sept. 1, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10 Ohio State women's soccer team will travel to Dayton, Ohio, for the Nike Dayton Flyer Invitational Friday and Sunday. The Buckeyes will face in-state foe Cincinnati at 5 p.m. Friday at Baujan Field and will conclude the two-game weekend with a match vs. Furman at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The matches will be available live on gametracker by logging on to the official site of Ohio State athletics at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
M.A.C. HERMANN CUP WATCH LIST
Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller are on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy watch list. The honor, awarded to the top female student-athlete who represents the highest level of individual achievement in collegiate soccer, will be presented by the Missouri Athletic Club Jan. 6, 2006 in St. Louis.
The 25-player watch list will be narrowed down to 15 semifinalists by representatives from each Division I conference in early November and three finalists will be announced in December by Division I coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
EARLY SEASON DOMINANCE
Ohio State looks to notch a 4-0 season opening road record before beginning its home slate vs. Kentucky at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Sept. 11. The Buckeyes registered a strong start in 2003 when they posted a 6-0-1 record, which included a 2-0 shutout vs. Cincinnati.
After dropping its first two contests in 2004, Ohio State went undefeated in its next 13 matches, compiling an 11-0-2 mark.
For the second-consecutive season, a freshman scored the first goal of the season for the Buckeyes. In the team's win over Kent State, Lisa Collison scored in the first half, helping the Buckeyes post a 2-1 win.
In 2004, Heather Young put the first goal on the board vs. then-No. 6 Portland in a 2-1 loss.
Three Big Ten squads, including Ohio State, won their weekend season openers. Penn State won both its contests, topping Washington, 3-2, and Connecticut, 2-1. Wisconsin shut out Creighton, 2-0, before winning an overtime match vs. Kansas, 3-2.
LAST TIME OUT -- XAVIER
Ohio State shut out Xavier, 3-0, Aug. 28 at Xavier University Soccer Complex in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In the first half, neither team was able to get on the board. The Buckeyes fired seven shots in the stanza, including three on goal. Defensively, OSU goalkeeper Shannon Neely received time in the net and notched two saves, keeping the game scoreless going into the half.
The Buckeyes put up an offensive surge in the second half, beginning with Lara Dickenmann's tipped shot off a corner kick at the 51:28 mark. As Dickenmann attempted to put the Buckeyes on the board, a Xavier defender tipped in the ball, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later (54:12) Lisa Collison scored her second goal of the weekend 35 yards out from the middle of the pitch. Dickenmann was credited with the assist. Carleta Arbulu rounded out the Buckeye scorers after she fired a shot into the back of the net in the 78th minute of action. Dickenmann earned her second point of the day, as she garnered the assist. Staci Sinkway received the call and made three saves, while the Buckeye offense compiled 14 shots in the second half.
Ohio State out shot Xavier 21-12, including 10 shots on goal. The Buckeyes had a 6-3 corner kicks advantage and Ohio State recorded six total saves, in addition to a team save, compared to the Musketeers seven.
LAST TIME OUT -- KENT STATE
The Buckeyes edged Kent State, 2-1, Aug. 26 at Kent State Soccer Field in Kent, Ohio. Lisa Collison and Danielle Dietrich each recorded a goal, helping the Buckeyes increase their all-time series lead against the Golden Flashes to 4-0.
In the first half, Ohio State took a 1-0 lead after freshman Collison scored her first collegiate goal on a partial breakaway at the 25:34 mark. Caitlin Colfer and Carleta Arbulu were credited with the assist. Going into the half, the Buckeyes led the Golden Flashes in shots, 9-5. Goalkeeper Shannon Neely received time in the net and compiled two saves.
Kent State evened the score in the second stanza at 63:55. KSU's Brittany Fracasso scored on a shot from the right side of the six yard box on a pass from Jen Frey. Dietrich, who took three shots, was able to put the ball into the back of the net at the 70:12 mark for the gamewinning goal during a scramble in front of the goalkeeper box. Collison earned her third point of the night with the assist. The Buckeyes notched four shots to the Golden Flashes six in the period. Staci Sinkway was in goal for Ohio State and recorded four saves.
Ohio State out shot Kent State, 13-11, and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Buckeye goalkeepers had six saves compared to the Golden Flashes two.
A LOOK AT CINCINNATI
Cincinnati head coach Meridy Glenn returns for her 23rd season with a Bearcats squad that is lead by four seniors. After losing four key starters to graduation, Cincinnati also will draw on the talents of the team's underclassmen.
The Bearcats tapped into the talents of their freshman class in the opening games of the season. In a 2-1 loss to William & Mary Aug. 26, freshman Jenn Johannigman posted the lone goal for the team. Cincinnati rebounded with a 1-0 victory against Michigan State Aug. 28 with Kim Sykes notching the gamewinning goal.
BUCKEYES VS. BEARCATS
Cincinnati has a 2-4 series lead over Ohio State, but the Buckeyes won the last meeting, 2-0, in 2003. Playing at Cincinnati's Meyers Field in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Scarlet and Gray's Colleen Hoban and Heather Miller scored a goal a piece. Goalkeepers Emily Haynam and Staci Sinkway split time in the net, giving the Buckeyes their third shutout of the season.
A LOOK AT FURMAN
Andrew Burr begins his inaugural season with the Furman Lady Paladins ranked 11th in the Soccer Buzz Southeast Region preseason poll. The team brings back 14 letterwinners and 10 starters.
Furman's key seniors Andie Hinshaw and Andre'a Morrison made immediate impacts in the team's opening matches. Hinshaw, Furman's all-time leader in career shutouts, recorded her 26th career shutout (4-0) against Northern Iowa Aug. 26. Morrison has scored three goals over two games, recording two in the 4-0 win over Northern Iowa and one in the 2-1 loss against South Carolina Aug. 29.
BUCKEYES VS. LADY PALADINS
It is the first meeting between the Buckeyes and the Lady Paladins.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Ohio State looks to maintain its dominance at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In 2004, the Buckeyes held a 10-game unbeaten streak at home. The Scarlet and Gray extended that run to 16 games in the postseason, winning three matches during the 2004 Big Ten Tournament to become champions and capturing an additional three contests to advance to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA tournament.
The Buckeyes begin their home schedule at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium vs. Kentucky at 6 p.m. Sept. 11.
Ohio State then returns to the road for four games starting with the Northeastern trip, before starting a five-game homestand against Illinois.
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