Sept. 7, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team returns to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this weekend to host the Buckeye Classic Sept. 10 and 12. Three teams will join the Buckeyes for the weekends match ups, including, LSU of the Southeastern Conference, newly joined Atlantic Coast Conference member Virginia Tech and Atlantic-10 member Dayton.
Dayton will meet Virginia Tech in the first match, Friday at 5 p.m. followed by Ohio State and LSU at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Dayton will square off with LSU at 11:30 a.m., while the Buckeyes play host to Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.
LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES TAKE TWO WINS
Ohio State improved their record to 2-2 last week after a pair of wins against in-state rival Xavier and Louisville.
Against Xavier last Thursday, Ohio State posted a one-sided 8-1 win. Four Buckeyes recorded goals including senior Heather Miller, who tied the Buckeye single game goals record with three. Lisa Grubb, playing in her first home game since a season ending injury last year scored two goals while teammate Danielle Dietrich posted a goal and one assist. Colleen Hoban and Liz Mumley netted their first goals of the season as well.
Ohio State met Louisville Saturday posting a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals. Danielle Dietrich tied a career-high for goals in a season as she netted her third goal of the year.
KBUX TO BROADCAST OHIO STATE VS. LSU
Ohio State student radio (KBUX) will broadcast Friday nights game against LSU on its website at the underground.fm.
MILLER NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior Midfielder Heather Miller was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week after tying an Ohio State record for goals in a single match with three tallies in the Buckeyes' 8-1 victory over Xavier Thursday. All three of her scores in the second half came in less than a 21-minute span. She started her career night converting a penalty kick to up the OSU lead to 3-0 before striking for consecutive goals in the 67th and 77th minutes.
Miller is the fifth Buckeye all-time to reach three scores in a game. Former Buckeye Lindsay Eckles (1999-2002) was the last on Sept. 8, 2000.
DIETRICH MATCHES CAREER HIGH
With her team-leading third goal against Louisville Danielle Dietrich matched her career-high for goals in a season with three. Dietrich, who also is the team leader in game winning goals with two, is tops on the team in points with seven.
After four games this season, the Buckeyes are out-shooting their opponents by a 74-38 clip, including a 40-15 edge in shots on goal. The advantage in the shots department is a continuing trend for Ohio State as they have recorded more shots than their opponents in each of the last three seasons. In 2003, Ohio State fired 317 shots to their opponents 240. The 2002 season saw the Buckeyes attempt the second-most shots all-time in a season with 350 to their opponents' 233. In 2001, Ohio State registered 273 shots vs. 245 for their opponents.
THE TAKE ON THE TIGERS
LSU comes to Columbus with a high-powered offense, carrying an undefeated 3-0 record. LSU has outscored its opponents 8-2 this year and have out shot its opponents 59-19.
LSU is led by senior forward Artie Brown and sophomore forward Stacy Bishop. Both Brown and Bishop have tallied a team leading eight points. Bishop owns two goals and four assists while Browns holds a team leading four goals on the year.
In net for the Tigers is senior Robyn DesOrmeaux. Through LSU's three matches this year DesOrmeaux has posted a 3-0 record with a 0.35 GAA and six saves.
The co-head coaches for LSU is fifth year coach George Fotopoulos and first year coach Danielle Fotopoulos. George Fotopoulos holds a 63-42-7 overall record which includes a 46-28-6 mark at LSU.
OSU AND THE SEC: OVERALL SERIES
The only other team Ohio State has met from the SEC is Kentucky, which has taken all three matches against the Buckeyes. At home Ohio State is 0-1 against the Wildcats and 0-2 in Kentucky. In their last meeting, Kentucky prevailed 2-0 in 2001.
LAST TIME VS. SEC: BUCKEYES FALL TO KENTUCKY IN 2001
Ohio State fell to Kentucky, 2-0, at the UK Soccer Complex Sept. 23, 2001.
The Wildcats got on the board early when Annie Gage scored 4:02 into the match.
The second half was more physical as OSU and UK combined for 14 fouls, and three yellow cards.
Ten minutes into the second stanza, UK's Susie Ledzianowski netted an insurance goal for the home team off a rebound when Gage's shot from a set play hit the crossbar.
A LOOK AT VIRGINIA TECH
With victories over Maryland and Longwood last weekend, newly joined ACC member Virginia Tech enters the Buckeye Classic 4-0 on the year.
Leading the way for the Hokies is freshman forward Ashley Stinson who leads all Hokies with 15 points on seven goals and one assist. Stinson also leads Vriginia Tech in shots with 21.
The goalkeeper for Virginia Tech is sophomore Mallory Soldner. Soldner is 4-0 on the year with a GAA of 0.25 and 13 saves.
Virginia Tech's head coach is Kelly Cagle. Cagle is in her second year as head coach and owns a 13-9 overall record.
OSU VS. ACC
The game against Virginia Tech will be the Buckeyes' third match against an ACC foe. The Buckeyes are 2-1 against the ACC with wins coming against Florida State, 2-1 in 2000 and a 1-0 victory against then-No. 6 Virginia in 2003. The lone loss came against then-No. 1 North Carolina in Columbus in 2001.
LAST TIME VS. ACC: OHIO STATE DOWNS VIRGINIA IN 2003
Despite a 22-9 disadvantage in shots, Ohio State bested then-No. 6 ranked Virginia 1-0 Sept. 5, 2003, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes used a first half tally by sophomore forward Colleen Hoban to register its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference foe since topping Florida State in the 2000 season.
Hoban connected on her only shot of the contest at the 26:35 mark of the first half after accepting a pass from fellow sophomore Danielle Dietrich on the left side.
The Buckeyes recorded their second shutout in as many games as goalkeepers Emily Haynam and Staci Sinkway combined to deny the Cavaliers on 10 shots fired at the OSU goal.
The Buckeyes have picked up where they left off in 2003 on the stat sheet. Through its first four games, Ohio State is first in the Big Ten in total shots (74) and corner kicks (24).
Individually, Buckeye junior Lisa Grubb leads the Big Ten in total shots with 16 while teammate Lara Dickenmann is rated No. 1 in the Big Ten in shots per game with 5.50.
Danielle Dietrich and freshman Carla Arbulu also find themselves highly ranked in the conference. Dietrich's three goals this season is ranked fourth and Arbulu's 1.00 assists per game is ranked No. 1.
With its 1-0 victory against Louisville last weekend, Ohio State has now played in 18 matches decided by a margin of one goal since 2001 and carries an 11-7 mark in those contests. The Buckeyes have excelled in close matches the last two seasons as OSU posted a 4-2 record in 2002 and a 6-3 ledger in 2003.
The Buckeyes have enjoyed marked success when stepping outside the Big Ten conference. Ohio State is 2-2 in non-conference action this season. In 2003, they posted an unblemished 8-0 mark against non-conference foes in the regular season. With the win and loss in the NCAA tournament, the Buckeyes concluded at 9-1 vs. non-conference teams.
Included in the nine victories were six shutouts, featuring a 1-0 win over then-No. 6 Virginia in Columbus, a 2-0 victory at perennial Conference USA power Cincinnati and 3-0 triumph over Atlantic-10 champion Dayton in the NCAA's.
Freshman Lara Dickenmann made her Buckeye debut against Washington and Portland Aug. 27 and 29, posted impressive numbers in her first two games. The Switzerland native led the Buckeyes in shots against both Portland and Washington. She tallied 11 shots over the two games with 6 against the Pilots, including 4 on goal, and five against the Huskies, with three on goal.
PLAYING THE FIELD
Buckeye senior Jen Heaney has seen just about every inch of the field over her four year career. Coming to Ohio State as a goalkeeper, Heaney moved to the forward position in 2003, where she started against Michigan in the Big Ten tournament and scored her first career goal against Dayton in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Heaney made the move back to the goalkeeper position against Washington and posted two saves in playing the full contest. Heaney posted her first victory of the season last Thursday in Ohio State's 8-1 defeat of Xavier.
RECRUIT CLASS RANKED AMONG NATION'S BEST
Ohio State will welcome its highest-rated recruiting class to the roster this season. Head coach Lori Walker announced the official signings of the seven-member group in February and has watched several soccer publications rank the class among the nation's best. In July, Soccer America tabbed the signees at No. 7 in their overall rankings, while SoccerBuzz.com placed the Buckeyes at No. 9.
The class features the No. 1-ranked field player signing in the nation in Lara Dickenmann. A native of Kries, Switzerland, Dickenmann led her club team to the national championship in each of the last two seasons.
The Buckeyes also welcomed two top commitments from California in forwards Heather Young and Carleta Arbulu.
Young is a six-time member of the Southern California state team, a five-year member of the Region IV Olympic Development (ODP) team and competed for the USYS National All-Star Team in April 2003.
Arbulu is a five-year member of the Southern California state team and a four-year competitor on the Region IV ODP team.
In addition to an impressive out-of-region and international class, Walker added a trio of stellar Ohio products in Lindsay Mays, Keianna Mitchell and Heather Roberts, who all are veterans of the ODP system.
LORI WALKER ASSISTS NBC IN ATHENS
Lori Walker assisted NBC in covering the 2004 Olympic Games Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Walker, who served the last three seasons as an analyst for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), provided color commentary for women's soccer, including the victorious United States gold medal match.
Walker previously has worked with Comcast SportsNet in Maryland the last two years covering the Washington Freedom and in 2001 with Madison Square Garden (MSG) network announcing matches for the New York Power.
BUCKEYES PARTICIPATE IN KICKS FOR CANCER
The Ohio State women's soccer team participated in the eighth annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament (KABC) April 4, 2004 in Germantown, Md. The Buckeyes set a record for the largest charitable collegiate contribution received by KABC with over $13,000, smashing the previous mark of $8,000. In its eight years, the event has raised over $275,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia, Md.
CONTINUED HOME DOMINANCE
With the win over Xavier Thursday Ohio State improved its record to 8-1-2 at JOMS over the past two seasons.
The Buckeyes have dominated the Jesse Owens Stadium scoreboard since, holding a 29-6 advantage in goals, while controlling the corner kick department by an astounding 113-55 ledger.
Ohio State will prepare to open the Big Ten slate against Wisconsin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in Madison Wisconsin.