Women's Soccer Welcomes No. 6/8 Virginia Friday
Sept. 2, 2003
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Columbus, Ohio - Following a successful 2003 opening weekend, where the Buckeyes not only celebrated a decade of women's soccer at the Ohio State University with a 4-1 victory over Indiana State at home Friday and a 4-0 win at Wright State Sunday, OSU will look to claim its first home victory vs. a ranked team since the 2-1 upending of then-No. 4 Penn State in 2001, as the 6/8th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers invade Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. Friday.
Last Week: Back-to-Back Wins
Junior Lisa Grubb tallied two goals to lead the Buckeyes over the Sycamores Friday, while fellow junior Liz Mumley did the same to lead the Buckeyes to a 4-0 triumph over Wright State. Junior midfielder Emily Gilbert added four assists on the weekend, including three in the Wright State match.
OSU's Grubb Scores Big Ten Offensive Player of The Week
Buckeyes Out Striking Opponents By Wide Margin
Over the opening weekend, the Buckeyes outshot their opponents by an astounding 54 to 18 margin, while also holding a 32-8 advantage in shots on goal.
Scouting the Cavaliers
With the weekend victories the Cavaliers have solidified themselves in the Top 10 of both the SoccerBuzz.com and NSCAA/Adidas rankings, as the Cavaliers hold the sixth spot in the NSCAA ranks, while claiming the No. 8 slot in the latest SoccerBuzz.com poll.
In goal this season for the Cavaliers is fourth-year returning veteran incumbent and 2002 All-ACC honoree Anne Abernethy, who posted a 1.09 goals against average and six shutouts last year. Through two starts this season, she has a 0.50 goals against average and one shutout.
Sophomore midfielder Kelly Hammond started every game but one last season. She was a huge offensive threat leading the team in shots with 64 and tying the team lead in assists with five. Hammond also tallied a goal in the second game of the season against William & Mary this year.
The Cavaliers are led by third-year head coach Steve Swanson. Swanson holds a 43-19-5 record at Virginia. Last season Swanson led the Cavaliers to a 13-7-2 record good for second in the ACC. The 2002 squad also made it to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, after defeating Dayton and West Virginia. In 2001, Swanson guided his team to a 17-4-2 record with a 5-2 conference tally and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament before losing to eventual national champion Santa Clara.
Swanson came to Virginia after two successful stints at Stanford and Dartmouth. During his stay at Stanford from 1996-1999 Swanson guided the Cardinal to a 48-27-4 record, claiming two Pac-Ten Championships and three NCAA tournament appearences.
OSU vs. UVA and ACC
Overall, Ohio State owns a 2-5 record vs. teams from the ACC, with the last win coming over the Florida State Seminoles in the 2000 season.
"A Celebration of 10"
The game commenced a two-day celebration of the tradition and excellence exhibited by the program over the past decade. Former players in attendance were recognized at halftime, while notable players from each of the 10 seasons were honored at a brunch-style banquet the following Saturday morning at the Longaberger Alumni Center.
Former players also attended the season opening football game between Washington and Ohio State, as the Buckeyes topped the Huskies 28-9.
Since it's first game September 5, 1993 - a 1-0 triumph over Dayton - Ohio State women's soccer has competed in the top levels of the Big Ten Conference and the national scene. In nine seasons Ohio State has posted 14, 13 and 12-win campaigns and has culminated its rise to the top of the Big Ten with appearances in the conference tournament championship match in 1998 and 2002, winning the 2002 tournament title to earn the program's first NCAA tournament bid.
Notable Buckeyes from those squads who have helped build the Ohio State tradition will be honored at both halftime of the Indiana State match and at the ensuing banquet Saturday. Amongst the group are 1994 All-Big Ten performers Jody Stranges (1994-1997), a 2003 Ohio State Varsity "O" Hall of Fame Inductee and four-time all-conference honoree, Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97), OSU's career points leader, and Bree Blakely (1993-96), the first Buckeye to earn First Team All-Big Ten status. 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jennifer Plante (1995-1998) also will be honored, while 1998 All-Big Ten and Great Lakes Region selection Becky Borchers (1995-1998) will be on hand as well.
OSU Already Has Met ACC in 2003
A first half goal by junior transfer Kathy Fulk led to a 2-1 North Carolina advantage at intermission before the Tarheels jumped ahead 3-1 midway through the second period. Sophomore forward Colleen Hoban helped the Buckeyes cut the UNC lead back to one goal after she tallied her first score of the weekend. Freshman defender Melissa Miller assisted on Fulk's goal, while freshman Jackie Lafond aided in Hoban's tally. North Carolina ultimately held on for the 3-2 victory.
Buckeyes Seek Fourth All-Time 3-0 Start to a Season
With a win over the Cavaliers Friday, the Buckeyes could join the 2001, 1998 and 1996 teams as 3-0 starters. The finest start to a season by an OSU squad occured in 1998 as the Buckeyes strung together five-consective victories before suffering a loss at Illinois in the fourth week of the season.
Mumley, Gilbert Record Career Matches in Wright State Win
Entering the contest, Mumley had two career goals, while Gilbert tripled her previous career output with the three assists Sunday.
Heaney Back in Win Column
Ohio State's eight goals far outnumber the Buckeyes' 2002 two-game output of one goal vs. Top 25 ranked squads California and St. Mary's of California.
2003 Outlook: Buckeyes Return 15 From Big Ten Champ Squad
Leading the way is Ohio State's two-time Most Valuable Offensive Player, Lisa Grubb, who has led the Buckeyes in scoring each of her first two season's. Joining Grubb in the frontline is 2002 second-leading scorer Colleen Hoban. The pair combined to score 14 of the Buckeyes 28 goals last season. Also joining the frontline is Kentucky transfer Kathy Fulk an All-Southeastern Conference player.
The deepest area of the squad is the midfield post. Led by All-Big Ten freshman Danielle Dietrich. Dietrich along with Emily Gilbert will solidify the middle. Juniors Heather Miller, Liz Mumley and redshirt freshman Kelsey Thorton will rotate the flanks. The midfield also boasts returning seniors Jackie Shirer and Tara Latella.
The backline is led by junior Erica Nollen. Nollen, who has started all 42 games of her career, will be joined by fellow junior Paige Harrison. Freshman Melissa Miller will take over the remaining center-back position.
The goalkeeper position probably showcases the stiffest competition on the team. 2002 starter Emily Haynam, 2001 starter Jen Heaney, redshirt freshman Shannon Neely and newcomer Staci Sinkway all have their eyes set on the goal box this fall .
Nine Starters Back For Buckeyes
Leading the way is junior standout Lisa Grubb. Joining Grubb are veteran junior midfielders Elizabeth Mumley and Emily Gilbert. Junior Defenders Erica Nollen and Paige Harrison will again be starters on the backline. Nollen has 42 consecutive starts for the Buckeyes
Also joining the standout juniors are returning sophomore starters Danielle Dietrich, an All-Big Ten freshman team selection, and Colleen Hoban. Hoban netted 16 points for the Buckeyes last season.
The goalkeeper slot is stacked with talented individuals who can step in at any moment. The starting position was shared by juniors Emily Haynam and Jen Jeaney in 2002. Haynam led the Buckeyes in their Big Ten Tournament charge, while Heaney has recorded 11 collegiate victories in her two-year career.
2002: OSU Scores First NCAA Berth
Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam, who also doubles as a forward on the Ohio State women's basketball team, helped both her squads reach the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
Haynam helped the basketball Buckeyes advance to the second round of play, while minding the net in OSU's 3-1 first round loss at Notre Dame.
Ten Buckeyes Spend Summer in Professional Development Leagues
Five Buckeyes - Emily Gilbert, Emily Haynam, Paige Harrison, Colleen Hoban and Heather Miller - remained in Columbus to play locally for Stars, while five others played elsewhere.
2002 leading scorer Lisa Grubb saw action with the Chicago Cobras, Nicole Braman returned to her home state of Colorado to play for the Denver Diamonds, while Erica Nollen and Jen Heaney headed south to play in Cincinnati and Liz Mumley traveled to Virginia to play for the Prince Williams Sparklers.