Sept. 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team wraps up its non-conference schedule with games against No. 13 Missouri and Duquesne this week at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes host the Tigers at 7 p.m. Thursday and take on the Dukes at 6 p.m. Sunday.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes defeated Syracuse, 2-0, Sunday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tiffany Cameron and Lauren Granberg each scored a goal while goalkeepers Rachel Middleman and Jillian McVicker held the Orange scoreless for the Buckeyes’ third consecutive shutout.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
As a team, Ohio State ranks in the top half of the Big Ten in most defensive categories including goals allowed (3, 2nd), shutouts (3, t-2nd) and goals-against average (0.59, 2nd).
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
No. 13 Missouri is 5-0 on the season, including a pair of wins over ranked teams, 5-1 against No. 11 Memphis and 3-2 at No. 15 Cal. Taiwo Adeshigbin leads the Tigers with four goals while Haley Krentz has tallied a team-high five assists. Goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein has posted a 0.80 goals-against average with a pair of shutouts.
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Missouri, 2-1, including a 1-0 defeat last season in Columbia.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
Duquesne is 2-3 on the season but picked up a pair of wins last weekend. Morgan Herbert has tallied two goals and an assist while Devon Tabata has recorded a 1.67 goals-against average while receiving the majority of the goalkeeping opportunities.
Sunday will mark the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Dukes.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Aug. 14. Seniors Tiffany Cameron and Lauren Granberg and junior Danica Wu were named the Buckeyes’ players to watch.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 16th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to seven NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 173-122-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 186-145-27.
Glen Tourville is in his fifth season as associate head coach while Jason Goodson enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes. The 2012 season is the ninth for volunteer coach Spencer Bownas.
Ohio State received almost half of its offense (15 of 31 goals) last season from North of the Border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (8 goals), Lauren Granberg (3), Kiiri Kuld (2) and Danica Wu (2) led the charge on the goal, as well as contributing 11 assists.
11 AT HOME…AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 16 against Minnesota. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the sparkling home to the Buckeyes, has provided quite the home-field advantage for the women’s soccer team. Some stats about the facility:
- The home team is 93-37-11 all-time.
- Ohio State is 74-20-9 since 2003 and 49-15-5 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
The Buckeyes open Big Ten play at home against Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sept. 16.
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