Sept. 9, 2002
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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Women's soccer team (1-3, 0-0) plays host to the 2002 Ohio State Tournament to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium beginning Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15. The Pittsburgh Panthers and Bowling Green Falcons will open the slate Friday at 5 p.m. Followed by the Buckeyes and the Missouri Tigers at 7:30 p.m. The tournament resumes on Sunday when Missouri takes the field versus Bowling Green and Ohio State matches up with Pittsburgh in the tournament finale.
THE OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT
The Buckeyes welcome fans and participants to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the Ohio State Tournament. Pittsburgh, of the Big Est Conference, and Bowling Green, of the Mid-American Conference, make the short trip to Columbus as regional rivals, while Missouri steps out of the Big 12 to compete in the invitational.
The Ohio State Tournament will be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (all times EDT):
Sept. 6 Pittsburgh vs. BGSU 5 p.m. Missourivs. OSU 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 Missouri vs. BGSU 11 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. OSU 2 p.m.
WALKER AT THE HELM
Now in her sixth season as head coach, Lori Walker has amassed a 51-48-5 record (.514) with OSU, including two 12-plus win campaigns. She is 17-27-3 (.394) in Big Ten play and stands 64-71-6 (.475) overall as a collegiate coach following a two-year stint at Kansas.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION
Two-time All-American forward Kate Gordon led Marquette to a 2-0 win over the Buckeyes in the opening constest of the 2002 Dayton Marriot Classic last Friday. The Golden Eagles are the third consecutive 2001 NCAA Tournament qualifier the Buckeyes have faced in the early stages of the 2002 season, as OSU once again dropped a closely contested battle with another top-flight program.
In the finale of the Flyer Classic Ohio State exploded for four first half goals en route to a 5-1 win over Georgetown. The victory is the first for the Buckeyes in the 2002 season as they recorded a season-high 21 shots.
Junior forward Lindsay Eckles, sophomore forward and reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Lisa Grubb and freshman forward Colleen Hoban each collected three points in the victory. Hoban led the Buckeye attack with two goals and one assist, while Grubb and Eckles netted one score a piece and registered two assists on the afternoon. Freshman forward Kristin Rhyne contributed her first career goal as well.
A TALL ORDER TO OPEN THE SEASON
OSU has five nationally ranked opponents slated for the 2002 schedule. The Buckeyes dropped their first two contests to nationally ranked California and St. Mary's (Calif.) in the season opening tournament at Berkeley, California on August 30th and September 1st.
The Buckeyes faired well against the nation's elite during the 2001 season, collecting a 2-2 record that featured wins at No. 9 Connecticut and and over No. 4 Penn State. In addition, OSU pushed top-ranked North Carolina last November as the Tarheels escaped Columbus with a tightly contested 2-0 victory. The Buckeyes ended their season with a 2-0 loss to Penn State in the Big Ten Tourney semi-final.
The Missouri-Ohio State matchup will mark the Tigers third versus a BigTen opponent this season. The Tigers (2-1-1) opened up the season in exciting fashion versus Big Ten foes Illinois and Indiana. Missouri kicked off the 2002 campaign with a double-overtime victory over then-ranked No. 23 Illinois, 2-1. Missouri found themselves in another extended-period thriller with Indiana two days later, this time falling in double-OT by an identical score of 2-1. Missouri upset 23rd ranked Miami on Sept. 8th by a 1-0 count.
The Tigers are lead by a high-scoring tandem at the forward position in junior Adrienne Davis and sophomore Missy Peabody. The duo combined to share the team lead in scoring last season and are currently leading the Tigers in shots on goal in 2002. Missouri Head Coach Bryan Blitz is in the midst of his seventh season with the Tigers and has recorded a 64-63-2 mark.
OHIO STATE VS. MISSOURI
Ohio State prevailed in the only other meeting between the two schools with a 3-2 overtime win during the 1999 season.
A LOOK AT PITTSBURGH
At the helm for the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1, 0-0) is seventh-year Head Coach Roland Sturk. Sturk enters this weekend's tournament with a 28-64-5 record. The Panthers are led on the field by senior midfielder Lauren Sciocchetti who has led the Panthers in scoring in three of their first four games.
The Panthers have gotten off to a strong start in 2002, winning three of their first four matches. Pitt recently topped Lehigh 3-0 on September 8th and claimed a 2-0 victory over regional rival Duquense on September 6th.
OHIO STATE VS. PITTSBURGH
The Buckeyes and Panthers meet for the first time. Ohio State is 4-5-0 in matches versus schools that are current members of the Big East Conference.
Sophomore forward Lisa Grubb made quite a first impression on Buckeyes fans in her initial season sporting the scarlet and gray. Grubb, a Portage, Mich native, lead OSU in all major offensive categories netting 25points on 10 goals and five assists, including three game-winners. Her efforts merited the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award as she finished among the Top 6 leading scorers in the conference.
Grubb tied for second in shots (62) among the conference ranks, fifth in goals (10) and tied for fifth in gamewinning goals (three), while her 25points tied her for fifth in the Big Ten.
MAKING THE GRADE
The Buckeyes epitomized the term "student-athlete" in 2001 as 12 individuals on the team earned OSU Scholar-Athlete status, included were five members who acheived Academic All-Big Ten honors. Stacia Daum, current seniors Shelly Besson, Lindsay Eckles, Kiley Enmark and Jen Miller were recognized by Big Ten officials for there academic efforts.
Despite losing two out of three to end the 2001 seaosn, OSU remained in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the Great Lakes region according to the Nov. 5 NSCAA/adidas and SoccerBuzz polls, respectively. Nationally, the Buckeyes received votes in both polls, placing them just outside the Top 25.
RECORDS SET TO FALL
A handful of career records are in jeopardy of falling in the 2002 season as senior Lindsay Eckles eyes the top spot in school history for both career goals and career shots. Eckles, a Hilliard, Ohio native, needs just five goals to take over the top spot from Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97), who finished her Buckeye career with 30 goals and needs to fire just 17 shots on goal to surpass Suttmiller for the top spot in that respective category. In addition, Eckles is just 11 points shy of overtaking second place on the all-time points list.
Sophomore Lisa Grubb will be knocking on the door of the top spots in the record books very soon. Following just one season with OSU, Grubb is already ranked as the eighth all-time career scorer with 25 points and is currently slotted in the seventh position in school history with 10 career goals.
Jen Miller also has a shot to climb up the OSU charts in career assists. She is currently tied for seventh all-time with nine career marks and needs eight this season to take over as second in assists in Buckeye history.
The Buckeyes open up Big Ten play with a trip to Evanston, Ill for a battle with Northwestern at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, Sept. 22. OSU returns to Columbus to play host to Purdue for the Big Ten home opener at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the 27th of September.
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