1-0 Ohio State Hosts St. Louis Sunday In Women's Soccer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team, which opened its regular season Friday with a 3-0 win over Butler, hosts the St. Louis University Billikins Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. St. Louis also opened its season Friday evening, losing 1-0 in Philadelphia to the University of Pennsylvania.
SERIES INFO - This is the first meeting between the Buckeyes and the Billikins. The game does represent the 13th game that St. Louis has played against a Big Ten Conference opponent. The Billikins are 5-6-1 all-time vs. the Big Ten. They lost to Illinois, 4-1, in a 2006 NCAA tournament second round game in its last meeting against a Big Ten school.
Ohio State is 11-5-1 vs. teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bucks are 6-1 vs. Dayton; 5-3-1 vs. Xavier; and 0-1 vs. George Washington.
COACH WALKER AND COACH CHAMPION - Lori Walker has been Ohio State’s coach since the 1996 season. She has coached the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Tournament championships 2002 and 2004 and into the NCAA Championship field three times (consecutively between 2002-04). Walker has guided the team to a 110-82-15 ledger. St. Louis coach Tim Champion is in his 12 season and has guided the Billikins to two NCAA tournaments, two Atlantic 10 tournament titles and to a record of 138-68-20.
SIMILAR PROGRAM HISTORIES - Ohio State has had a women’s soccer program since 1993, making this season the 15th in school history. The program’s all-time record is 146-120-18. St. Louis has had a women’s soccer program since 1996. Its all-time record is 138-67-20.
BUCKEYES BEAT BUTLER - Ohio State is coming off a 3-0 victory over Butler Friday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Coach Lori Walker’s teams are now 4-0-1 in the last five home openers and Ohio State is 10-2-3 all-time in season opening games. Walker opened with five freshmen, two sophomores and four seniors in the starting lineup.
ARBULU HAS TWO ASSISTS... - Senior Carla Arbulu had two assists against Butler. She assisted on sophomore Ashley Bowyer’s shot from the left corner to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 edge seven minutes into the game. Arbulu also assisted freshman Courtney Jenkins goal in the 89th minute.
AND FROSH ADD FOUR POINTS - In addition to Jenkins’ goal, a freshmen trio combined to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 edge as Genna Brand scored off the post from the near left side at the 47-minute mark. Assisting on the play was Emily Esbrook and Ali Whitehurst. Esbrook was one of five freshmen to start for Ohio State while Brand and Whitehurst each came in off the bench. “Our young players stepped up, played together very well and scored some nice goals,” Walker said.
PENN 1, SLU 0 - Saint Louis dropped its women's soccer regular-season opener 1-0 against Penn at Rhodes Field Friday night. The Quakers, who were also playing in their season opener, got a first-half goal and hung on for the win. The Billiken offense pressed in the second half in search of the equalizer, but they had a pair of shots ricochet off the crossbar. Down 1-0 midway through the second half, the Billiken offense showed signs of prowess and nearly tied the match in the 62nd minute. Senior forward Cassi Winchell collected a feed from freshman forward Alyssa Mautz, beat a defender, and blasted a shot but it banged off the crossbar. There was another close call in the 83rd minute, this time off the foot of sophomore forward Kelly Waeckerle. She pounced on a through ball and sent a rocket from 15 yards out that Penn keeper Cailly Carroll managed to get her gloves on. Shots were nearly even with Penn holding the 8-7 advantage, but the Quakers had eight corner kicks to SLU's one. Carroll managed three saves in the shutout, while SLU sophomore Hannah Koesterer made four stops for the Billikens.
50TH WIN AT JESSE OWENS - This is the ninth season that Ohio State has played its home soccer games in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are 50-22-7 all-time at Jesse Owens and in the last four seasons they are an impressive 31-7-5 at home (.774).
Walker will call nine games featuring these 11 teams: Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, England, Ghana, Korea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden. Researching each of the teams involved in Walker’s broadcasts was a challenge in itself as well.
DICKENMANN NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM... - Lara Dickenmann has been named one of 11 preseason All-Americans by MajorLeagueSoccer Magazine, a new soccer publication that debuted in July. The magazine’s second issue, which includes men’s and women’s preseason All-America lists and a national Top 10 ranking of teams, hits newsstands in mid-September.
AND TO PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST - Senior midfielder Lara Dickenmann has been named to the preseason watch list for the Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The list, announced by the Missouri Athletic Club, was compiled by a panel of coaches from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
MILLER TO COACH TWO GAMES - Seventh-year assistant coach Greg Miller will coach the team Sept. 13 against Ohio and Sept. 16 at Louisville while Lori Walker is calling the World Cup games. Walker will return to the sidelines in time for Ohio State’s Sept. 21 game against No. 1-ranked North Carolina, Walker’s alma mater.