Women's Soccer Welcomes No. 6/8 Virginia Friday

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

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
Ohio State jump started the 2003 season with two-consecutive 4-goal outputs en route to topping Indiana State at home Friday and Wright State on the road Sunday.

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
Ohio State junior forward Lisa Grubb was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday as she recorded two goals and one assist in Ohio State's 4-1 season opening win over Indiana State Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Grubb, the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Offensive MVP, tallied her 18th and 19th career goals and ninth career assist in the victory, as she moved into sixth place in the program's career points list with 45.

Buckeyes Out Striking Opponents By Wide Margin
The Buckeyes controlled the action from the start of each of their wins, as they outshot the Sycamores 32-7 and the Raiders 22-9, including a 29-7 edge in total first half shots. In the shots on goal department, Ohio State held a 23-3 advantage over ISU and a 9-5 edge over WSU.

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
Entering Friday's contest the Cavaliers sport a 2-0 record. Virginia took two wins this past weekend against rivals West Virginia and William and Mary.

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
Friday will mark the first meeting between the Cavaliers and the Buckeyes, as OSU will face its eighth all-time Atlantic Coast Conference foe. The last ACC squad to visit Columbus was then-No. 1 ranked North Carolina as the Tarheels downed the Buckeyes 2-0 on Nov. 3, 2001.

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 Ohio State women's soccer program held its "A Celebration of 10" reunion Aug. 29 and 30 to recognize the 10-year anniversary of the sport. Festivities kicked off Friday, Aug. 29 as the Buckeyes played host to Indiana State in the 2003 home opener.

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
Following a 2-1 defeat vs. Kentucky in the 2003 Soccer Showcase at Fort Wayne, Indiana., the Buckeyes held their own with perennial power North Carolina, as the Tarheels escaped with a 3-2 victory.

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
On three prior occasions Ohio State has begun its season with three-straight wins, most recently in 2001 with triumphs over Wright State, Kent State and an upset victory at then-No. 9 Connecticut.

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
Ohio State juniors Liz Mumley and Emily Gilbert registered career performances in the 4-0 win at Wright State Sunday, as Mumley tallied two goals, while Gilbert assisted on three scores, including two assists on Mumley strikes.

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
Junior goalkeeper Jen Heaney recorded both wins over Indian State and Wright State to claim her first back-to-back victories since the upset win over then-No. 4 Penn State on Oct. 26, 2001 and a 4-3 victory over Evansville on Oct. 28 of the same season.

Offensive Explosion
Ohio State's eight goals so far in the two contests in 2003 are the most since the Buckeyes tallied consecutive 5-goal performances in wins over Wright State and Kent State to open the 2001 season.

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.

Academic Excellence
Ohio State's noted academic success reaches deep into head coach Lori Walker's tenure, as she has mentored 36 student-athletes to Academic All-Big Ten selections, including a program-best 11 honorees in 2002. The program also boasts 62 OSU Scholar-Athlete selections and the collegiate academic award in 2002.

2003 Outlook: Buckeyes Return 15 From Big Ten Champ Squad
The Buckeyes return to the pitch this season with 15 players back from last season's Big Ten Tournament Championship team. With the team's experience, Ohio State looks to make a strong run towards another Big Ten title and NCAA tournament berth.

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
Entering the 2003 campaign Ohio State returns nine players who saw action as starters last year.

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
2002 marked the first time an Ohio State women's soccer team played in the NCAA Tournament.

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
Ten from the 2003 squad used their summer as an opportunity to improve their games in the W-League, a professional development league for women's soccer.

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.

Up Next
Ohio State will next take to the pitch at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 at Cincinnati as the Buckeyes look to avenge the tough 1-0 loss to the Bearcats at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in 2002. Ohio State will conlclude the weekend at home vs. Coastal Carolina Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. The meeting is the first between the Buckeyes and Chanticleers.