The Buckeyes earned a pair of wins last weekend, defeating Dayton and Akron in a pair of shutouts. Liz Sullivan had a goal and an assist for Ohio State in the win over Akron and Rachel Middleman played 165 scoreless minutes in goal over the weekend.
A LOOK AT 2010
The Buckeyes have a combined 371 career starts among 14 returning upperclassmen. Twenty letterwinners and nine starters are back off last year's team that finished 14-4-2, 7-2-1 in the Big Ten and will join a group of seven talented freshmen in 2010.
Freshmen or sophomores accounted for 24 of 39 goals last season and the Buckeyes welcome back all four starters from last year's back line that played a huge part in giving up a program record low 13 goals, down from 39 two years ago.
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Led by eighth-year head coach Derrek Fallor, the Vikings are off to a 4-0-1 start this season. Junior Natalie Daniels leads Cleveland State with six goals and has also recorded an assist this season. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Zinkiewich has posted a 0.96 goals-against average while making 27 saves.
Wednesday marks the first all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Vikings.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 14th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to five NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller is in his third season as associate head coach and 10th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2010 season marks the third season for assistant coach Glen Tourville and the first for student assistant coach Lauren Robertson.
Cassie Dickerson was named a team captain for the third-consecutive season and is joined by defenders Lauren Beachy and Danielle Scoliere. The trio has combined for 130 career starts.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish second in the Big Ten preseason coaches' poll. Penn State garnered the top spot in voting by the coaches for the eighth consecutive season.
MIDDLEMAN NAMED TOP FRESHMAN
Goalkeeper Rachel Middleman was named Big Ten freshman of the week Sept. 6 after 165 scoreless minutes in goal in a pair of shutout Ohio State victories over Dayton and Akron. The Mars, Pa. native has posted a spotless 4-0-0 record with a 0.46 goals-against average in six games played.
GRANBERG NAMED BIG TEN POW
Sophomore Lauren Granberg was named Big Ten offensive player of the week Aug. 30 after her two goal effort against West Virginia. She scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals just over a minute apart against the Mountaineers. The Edmonton, Alberta native also was named a collegesoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week for her efforts.
DICKERSON ON M.A.C. HERMANN LIST
Defender Cassie Dickerson was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list, the Missouri Athletic Club announced.
The senior from Kalamazoo, Mich. was named a first-team All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region selection in 2009 after starting 19 games at center back for the Buckeyes. A Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, the three-time captain played the second-most minutes on the team, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists on the season.
It marks the second time in program history that a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer.
A CANADIAN INFLUENCE
The three Canadians on the Ohio State roster have played a huge role in the Buckeyes' hot start in 2010. Tiffany Cameron (2g, 3a) and Lauren Granberg (2g) are each tied for the team lead in goals while the third Canadian, freshman Danica Wu, has played in all six games and started five in the midfield.
DOING IT ALL OVER AGAIN
The Buckeyes' 4-1-1 start matches the start of the 2009. The 2009 Buckeyes went on to finish 14-4-2, tying for the fewest losses in school history, and reach the NCAA tournament.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 11 years of existence. Consider:
- The home team is 76-32-10 all-time.
- Ohio State is 57-15-8 since 2003 and 32-10-4 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009.
10 AT HOME...AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes' schedule includes 10 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Oct. 3 against rival and Big Ten preseason favorite Penn State. 2010 marks the second consecutive season that admission to all Ohio State home soccer matches is free to all.
The Buckeyes have a break before traveling to Arizona to take on Arizona State Sept. 17 and Arizona Sept. 19.