Ohio State Heads to Michigan/NIKE Classic To Face Two Nationally-Ranked Foes

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 8, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Buckeyes stood up to fierce competition from two nationally- ranked opponents last weekend, leaving the Ellis Copy Tiger Invitational with a 2-2 record overall. Ohio State now travels to the University of Michigan NIKE Invitational to compete against two squads that cracked the national Top 25 rankings for the first time this season --No. 12 Missouri at 2 p.m. Friday and No. 24 Washington at noon Sunday.

Eckles Leads Conference
With three goals and three assists in her last three games, Lindsay Eckles not only leads Ohio State in scoring, she also is the conference leader in scoring with nine points. Eckles' three goals tie her with six other conference players for second in the Big Ten in goals scored. Eckles and teammate Emily Thorpe also are tied for the conference lead in assists with three.

Scouting Missouri
The Tigers prowl into Michigan this weekend with a 3-1 record. Missouri is ranked No. 12 by NSCAA and No. 25 by Soccer Buzz after sweeping then no. 23 Florida State (2-1) and No. 12 Wake Forest (2-0) to win their own Ellis Copy Invitational in Columbia, Mo last weekend. Fourth-year coach Bryan Blitz leads a team with one of the top scorers in the nation in senior Nikki Thole, Missouri's all time scorer (122 points), career goal leader (51) and assist leader (21). Along side Thole is freshman Adriene Davis, who leads the team with three goals and three assists on the young season. Junior goalkeeper Graham Watson backstops the defense with her 20 saves and .870 goals against average. This will be the first-ever match between Missouri and Ohio State.

Scouting Washington
Fifth year coach Lesle Gallimore's Huskies are riding high after a 2-1 upset victory at No. 4 Santa Clara which snapped Santa Clara's 32-game home winning streak dating back to 1997. Washington's 4-0 start is the best start for a Huskie team in its 10-year history. With the Huskies looking to reach the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years, senior Tami Bennett and junior Caroline Putz have lead the team in scoring with four goals each with Bennett adding two assists to Putz's one. The remainder of the team has contributed six goals and nine assists. With Bennett and Putz contributing to the Tiger's 3.5 goals per game average, the defense has only allowed 2 goals in four games. Patroling the net is sophomore keeper Hope Solo. Solo has played in all four games and has allowed only one goal while saving 17 shots for a .944 save percentage. This will be the first-ever match between the Buckeyes and Huskies. Last Week
Ohio State bounced back on Sunday after falling to Wake Forest to defeat then no. 18 Florida State 2-1 behind the scoring prowess of Lindsay Eckles. Eckles placed the ball in the back of the net in the first two minutes of the game to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead and extend her scoring streak to three straight games. Freshman Jennica Kidd tallied her first career goal and what proved to be the game winner for Ohio State. In the opening game of the Missouri/Ellis Copy Invitational, no. 11 Wake Forest defeated Ohio State 2-1 in overtime. Eckles recorded a goal in the 10th minute to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead but was unable to fend off the Demon Deacons down the stretch.

Next Week
Ohio State returns home next week. The Buckeyes will face the Dayton Flyers at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.