Women's Soccer

Long Awaited Home Opener against Purdue

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

September 11, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the OSU Sports Field for today's match between Ohio State (3-0-0) and Purdue (0-4-1). The Buckeyes and Boilermakers have never met before as this is the inaugural season for Purdue women's soccer.

WHY ISN'T THIS A BIG TEN GAME?
Purdue's soccer team achieved varsity status too late to join the Big Ten schedule for the 1998 season. Many conference opponents picked up games with the Boilermakers but, for this season only, the Big Ten will consist of 10 schools vying for the eight conference tournament spots in November. Sorry Boilers.

SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
After recording a 1-1 tie against Oakland, Purdue has dropped it's last four games and enters today's contest without a win. The Boilermakers have been outscored 25-6, but have managed to score in every contest.

ABOUT THE BOILERMAKER
Purdue University received its nickname as a result of a name-calling spree by a bunch of sore losers after the 1889 Purdue-Wabash football game. Located just 30 miles from West Lafayette, Wabash College teams were biter rivals of Purdue in that day. Following Purdue's victory over Wabash, the students of the small liberal arts school felt inclined to hurl derogatory remarks at the cultural backgrounds of the Purdue athletes, who represented a school devoted to the practical arts of engineering and farming. However, the name Boilermakers struck the fancy of the Purdue players, who had grown accustomed to being called names such as Cornfield Sailors, Blacksmiths, Pumpkin Shuckers, Hyseeds, Farmers and Rail Splitters.

FRESHMEN LEADING THE CHARGE
True freshman striker Melanie Vierling leads the Buckeyes with four points after she netted a pair of goals against Louisville. The Cincinnati native has five shots on the year and one game-winning goal. Seven rookies have seen action already for the squad and four young Bucks have earned starts (Elisa Hamilton, Courtney Nein, Emily Thorpe and Vierling). The new Bucks have combined for seven shots, three goals and two assists. HAMILTON IS LOCAL AND A STARTER
Hamilton, a true freshman from Westerville, Ohio, has started every game in the Buckeye defensive line. A first team all-district and all-conference selection at Westerville North High School, she was a member of the COSA Express club squad that won the state title five years in a row.

FAMILIAR NAME RETURNS TO OHIO
OSU free safety Gary Berry's younger sister, Elise is a freshman defender on the Purdue soccer team. Berry attended St. Francis DeSales High School where she became the first player to sign a letter of intent to the new soccer program. Purdue has eight Ohio players on its roster including four other Columbus Area Boilemakers - Rebecca Broering (Westerville), Sarah Barnes (Worthington), Christina Creamer (Powell) and Kate Queen (Columbus).

3-0 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996
With the 2-1 win at Dayton the team remains untested three games into the season for the first time since 1996. The win moves OSU's record to 4-3-1 against Ohio schools in away games and also marks the first time the Buckeyes have won three consecutive road games in the history of the program.

BARNES DOESN'T MIND GOING SOLO
Sophomore Amber Barnes is the lone goalkeeper on the OSU roster, but has recorded shutouts in both contests bringing her career total to 5.5 which is third on the OSU ledger. Barnes is also third for career saves with 103 and is steadily climbing both charts.

GERBER STILL AN ACTIVE BUCKEYE
After winning the Irving and Melvin Schottenstein Award last year, 1998 graduate and former Buckeye striker Anna Gerber is continuing her education in OSU's sports management program and is interning with the athletic department.

OSU'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Keeper 1 Amber Barnes Sweeper 10 Maria Jimenez Left Back 3 Amanda Orr Center Back 10 Katie Martorella Right Back 24 Elisa Hamilton Left Flank 12 Jennifer Plante Center Mid 18 Emily Thorpe Center Mid 11 Becky Borchers Right Flank 19 Katy Traeger Striker 6 Melanie Vierling Striker 9 Mia Katzel

HEAD COACH LORI WALKER
The North Carolina graduate is 12-9-1 in her second season as head coach of the Buckeyes and 25-32-2 for her four-year career. She is one of the youngest Division I coaches at 27 years of age and just the second women's soccer mentor in OSU history. She led her 1997 Buckeye squad to the second highest winning percentage (.500) in school history and advanced to the conference tournament. Walker first coached at Kansas for two years before accepting the position at OSU.

MATCH THREE AT DAYTON
Senior Jennifer Plante put OSU on the board first in the 10th minute when she connected on a penalty kick after the Flyers were called for a foul inside the penalty box. The Buckeyes went on top 2-0 in the 33rd minute when senior Becky Borchers broke away from the defense and netted a goal in front of the hometown crowd. Dayton tried to climb back into the game in the second half when Gahanna native Ingred Zielke put in a Jenny Davin corner kick, pulling the Flyers within one with her first goal of the season. Amber Barnes shut down the Dayton offense for the remainder of the game, recording four saves in the second half (six for the match).

MATCH TWO AT LOUISVILLE
Vierling scored two goals, one in each half, helping the Buckeyes shutout Louisville 5-0. Vierling was part of a dominating OSU offense that outshot the Cardinals 19-9. Mia Katzel tallied a goal and an assist on the day, while Melissa Fox and Brynn Catino also netted a goal apiece. Barnes recorded three saves and her second consecutive shutout of the year.

MATCH ONE AT EVANSVILLE
Senior defender Jennifer Plante came off the bench to score the game winning goal in OSU's 1-0 win at Evansville. In the 24th minute, Plante netted a stray ball that was rolling in front of the goal mouth after a corner kick, her only shot of the day. Barnes moved her career shutout mark to 4.5 while recording six saves on the day.

GREAT LAKES REGIONAL RANKINGS The first regional rankings were posted Monday, Sept. 7.

1. Notre Dame 3-0-0 2. Michigan 2-0-0 3. WI-Milwaukee 1-0-0 4. Cincinnati 1-0-1 5. Minnesota 0-1-0 6. Northwestern 1-0-1 7. Marquette 1-0-1 8. Ohio State 1-0-0 9. Evansville 0-1-1 10t. Indiana 2-0-0 10t. Butler 0-2-0

1998 STANDINGS CONFERENCE OVERALL 1. Illinois 0 0 0 .000 2 0 0 1.000 Indiana 0 0 0 .000 3 0 0 1.000 Iowa 0 0 0 .000 2 0 0 1.000 Michigan 0 0 0 .000 2 0 0 1.000 Michigan State 0 0 0 .000 2 1 0 .666 Minnesota 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0 .000 Northwestern 0 0 0 .000 2 0 1 .750 Ohio State 0 0 0 .000 3 0 0 1.000 Penn State 0 0 0 .000 3 0 0 1.000 Wisconsin 0 0 0 .000 1 1 0 .500

Matches This Week

Tuesday, September 8
Northwestern - 4 at Wis-Milwaukee - 0
Penn State - 2 at Virginia - 1 (ot)

Wednesday, September 9
Ohio State - 2 at Dayton - 1

Friday, September 11
Illinois vs. Western Michigan
Wright State at Indiana
Kansas at Iowa
Massachusetts at Michigan
Michigan State vs. Pepperdine (at UNLV)
Wis-Green Bay at Minnesota
Northwestern at Cincinnati
Purdue at Ohio State
Texas A&M Wisconsin

Sunday, September 13
Illinois at Louisville
Indiana at Saint Louis
Western Illinois at Iowa
Detroit at Michigan
Michigan State at UNLV
Purdue at Minnesota
Penn State at Harvard
Marquette at Wisconsin

Conference Notes

PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SEPT. 7
Bonnie Young, Penn State, Fr., Forward, Spring, Texas/Klein High School Bonnie Young started in her first collegiate game for Penn State and helped the Nittany Lions to a 2-0 mark to begin the season. Young tallied three shots and assisted on the first goal of the season against Pittsburgh. In Friday's upset over No. 18 Maryland she scored all three of PSU's goals, Posting the first-ever hattrick in school history. Young also set the game records for goals and points in one contest.

Team Statistics (as of Sept. 7)

Scoring GP Sh G A PTS GA 1. Indiana 2 42 13 10 36 1 2. Penn State 2 36 8 9 25 1 3. Michigan St. 3 14 10 4 24 7 4. Illinois 2 57 6 4 16 0 Ohio State 2 25 6 4 16 0 6. Iowa 2 40 5 5 15 0 7. Michigan 2 15 5 3 13 2 8. Northwestern 2 39 3 2 8 2 9. Wisconsin 2 12 2 2 6 2 10. Minnesota 1 8 0 0 0 1

Goalkeeping Sv ShO GAA CK PK-A 1. Illinois 7 2 0.00 12 0-0 Iowa 3 2 0.00 4 0-0 Ohio State 10 2 0.00 6 0-0 4. Indiana 3 1 0.50 9 1-1 5. Michigan 6 0 1.00 4 0-0 Minnesota 4 0 1.00 6 0-0 Northwestern 7 1 1.00 23 0-0 Penn State 9 1 1.00 8 0-0 Wisconsin 8 1 1.00 8 0-0 10.Michigan St. 19 0 2.33 7 0-0

Scoring By Period 1 2 OT OT TOT 1. Indiana 5 8 0 0 13 2. Michigan St. 4 6 0 0 10 3. Penn State 4 4 0 0 8 4. Illinois 0 6 0 0 6 Ohio State 2 4 0 0 6 6. Iowa 0 5 0 0 5 Michigan 2 3 0 0 5 8. Northwestern 0 2 1 0 3 9. Wisconsin 0 2 0 0 2 10. Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0

Individual Statistics (as of Sept. 7)

Scoring GP Sh G A PTS t8. Melanie Vierling 2 3 2 0 4

Goalkeeping GP M Sv SO GA GAA t1. Amber Barnes 2 180 10 2.0 0 0.00

Saves GP Min Sv GA 2. Amber Barnes 2 180 10 0

#1 AMBER BARNES - SO, GK
The lone keeper. Second year as the starting goalie. Recorded 2.0 shutouts and kept opponents scoreless for the first 237 minutes of the 1998 season. Currently ranked first in the Big Ten for goals against average and second for shutouts and saves.

YEAR GP/GS M S GA GAA ShO 1997 19/17 1442 87 29 1.81 3.5 1998 3/3 270 16 1 0.33 2.0 TOTALS 22/20 1712 103 30 1.58 5.5

#11 BECKY BORCHERS - SR, MID
Senior that is always around the action. Currently averaging just over two shots per game for her career. Climbing the OSU record ladder for goals, assists, points and shots. Netted the game-winning goal at Dayton, taking four shots against the Flyers. Recorded two shots at Louisville.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1995 20/16 34 4 0 8 1996 21/20 48 5 3 13 1997 18/18 48 3 5 11 1998 3/3 7 1 0 2 TOTALS 62/57 137 13 8 34

#17 MELISSA FOX - SO, MID
Highly touted midfielder that was a HS All-American and the Ohio Player of the Year in 1995. Has started every match in 1998. Scored the game-winning goal at Louisville.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 19/10 13 3 0 6 1998 3/3 6 1 0 2 TOTALS 22/13 19 4 0 8

#24 ELISA HAMILTON - FR, DEF
True freshman that has started every game so far this season. Took first career shot against Dayton.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 3/3 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 3/3 1 0 0 0

#10 MARIA JIMENEZ - JR, DEF
Solid defender that has bided her time and earned a spot in the starting lineup. Has started every match so far in the sweeper spot.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 13/0 1 0 0 0 1997 13/8 0 0 0 0 1998 3/3 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 29/11 1 0 0 0

#9 MIA KATZEL - SO, STR
Forward that has a knack for finding the goal. Was the first player off the bench as a freshman and has now started twice in her sophomore campaign. Scored in the 82nd minute at Louisville and also assisted on Melanie Vierling's second goal.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 18/0 26 4 2 10 1998 3/2 3 1 1 3 TOTALS 21/2 29 5 3 13

#15 KATIE MARTORELLA - JR, DEF
A mainstay in the back line for the past two years. Tough defender that manages some offense as well, finding a way to rip a shot now and again.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 21/1 9 2 1 5 1997 18/18 25 1 2 4 1998 3/3 4 0 0 0 TOTALS 42/22 38 3 3 9

#16 TORI MOORE - SO, DEF
Started twice this year for the Bucks and has played in all three games.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 19/10 13 3 0 0 1998 3/2 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 22/12 13 3 0 0

#9 AMANDA ORR - SO, DEF
Two-game starter in 1998 that saw much action as a rookie.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 15/12 2 0 0 0 1998 2/2 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 17/14 2 0 0 0

#12 JENNIFER PLANTE - SR, DEF
Physical player with a wicked shot. Averages over 1.5 shots per game >from the backfield as she has the green light to shoot at will. 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1995 20/20 36 4 4 12 1996 19/18 24 2 1 5 1997 18/16 32 1 1 3 1998 3/1 2 2 0 4 TOTALS 60/55 94 9 6 24

#18 EMILY THORPE - FR, MID
True freshman starter. Assisted on Mia Katzel's goal at Louisville. Three-time MVP in high school.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 3/3 1 0 1 1 TOTALS 3/3 1 0 1 1

#19 KATY TRAEGER - JR, MID
Attacking midfielder that has played in every game since she set foot on campus. Hasn't scored yet this season, but is always a threat.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 21/0 27 1 3 5 1997 18/9 41 5 4 14 1998 3/3 3 0 0 0 TOTALS 42/12 71 6 7 19

#6 MELANIE VIERLING - FR, STR
True freshman, but plays like a veteran. Tied for the lead for team scoring with four points. Scored her first collegiate goal in the 18th minute at Louisville and followed up with another with four minutes to go in the match.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 3/3 5 2 0 4 TOTALS 3/3 5 2 0 4

 

 

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