Women's Soccer Travels to Harvard Invitational

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Sept. 13, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (2-1-2; 0-0-0 Big Ten) returns to the road when it faces Harvard and Northeastern at the Harvard Invitational in Cambridge, Mass.

The Buckeyes will face the Crimson (2-2-0; 0-0-0 Ivy League) at noon Thursday at Ohiri Field before taking on the Huskies (3-2-1; 0-0-0 Colonial Athletic Association) at 11 a.m. Saturday. It is Ohio State's first meeting with both schools.

Ohio State will try to set the national women's soccer attendance record during its match vs. Penn State Oct. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The "Break the Record" campaign aims to surpass the current national attendance mark of 6,527 set during the North Carolina at Navy contest Sept. 26, 2003. The game, which will be played at 7 p.m., will air on CSTV Monday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. In its first home game of the 2005 season vs. Kentucky, Ohio State had an attendance mark of 1,018.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 6 are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more can purchase $2 tickets in advance by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS or by visiting ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The match also is Ohio State Alumni Night. OSU Alumni can purchase tickets for $2 with a valid Alumni Association membership card. In addition, $2 tickets are available for all fans who show their Ohio State vs. Michigan State football ticket at the gate. The football Buckeyes and Spartans meet the following day for Ohio State's homecoming.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium set an OSU women's soccer attendance record of 3,006 when the Buckeyes played host to North Carolina Nov. 3, 2001.

Ohio State, which topped the Nittany Lions, 2-0, to capture the 2004 Big Ten Tournament title at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, will play host to Penn State for the third time in four meetings between the schools since 2003.

For more information, please contact Beth Chaney in the OSU marketing department at chaney.52@osu.edu.

The Harvard Invitational will feature two schools from the state of Ohio and two programs from the state of Massachusetts. The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks will join the Buckeyes in Cambridge, Mass., along with the Harvard Crimson and Northeastern Huskies.

Harvard Invitational Schedule
Thursday Sept. 15

Ohio State vs. Harvard ---- noon
Miami (Ohio) vs. Northeastern -- 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Sept. 17
Ohio State vs. Northeastern -- 11 a.m.
Miami (Ohio) vs. Harvard -- 1:30 p.m.

Seniors Lisa Grubb and Megan Stickler will not return for the 2005 season because of injury. Grubb, a native of Portage, Mich., was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her lumbar spine. Stickler, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, suffered a fibular fracture and had surgery to repair it last week.

Lisa Grubb and Emily Francis were named the 2005 team captains by their teammates. Grubb, who is out for the season because of an injury, was a 2004 NSCAA and SoccerBuzz.com Great Lakes Regional All-American and a All-Big Ten Second Team recipient.

Playing in the backfield, Francis has started four matches and has tallied one assist in 2005.

Freshman Lisa Collison is off to a fast start for the Buckeyes. The freshman midfielder compiled a team leading four goals and nine points after scoring the Buckeyes' lone goal in their 1-1 tie against Kentucky Sept. 11. The Niagara Falls, Ontario, native has scored in four of Ohio State's five games, including a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win against Kent State Aug. 26. Collison also recorded a goal during the 3-0 shutout over Xavier Aug. 28 and the 2-2 tie vs. Cincinnati Sept. 2.

Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller are on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy watch list. The honor, awarded to the top female student-athlete who represents the highest level of individual achievement in collegiate soccer, will be presented by the Missouri Athletic Club Jan. 6, 2006 in St. Louis.

The 25-player watch list will be narrowed down to 15 semifinalists by representatives from each Division I conference in early November and three finalists will be announced in December by Division I coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The Buckeyes remain in the Top 25 in the Soccer America poll at No. 20. Ohio State received votes in the SoccerBuzz.com poll after its 1-1 tie over the weekend vs. Kentucky.

Regionally, the Scarlet and Gray are No. 7 in both the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz.com Great Lakes Regional Polls, respectively.

In five games, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 8-5, and have outshot them 79-66, notching a SOG percentage of .418 (33/79). The Buckeyes also lead their opponents in assists, 7-4.

Ohio State holds a 29-24 corner kicks advantage, while also making 33 saves to their opponents' 25.

Lisa Collison is the squad's leader in goals and points with four and nine, respectively. Lara Dickenmann's two assists, 24 shots and SOG percentage of .375 leads the team, while Jenna Greenwood's shot percentage of .250 is No. 1 on the team.

In the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 5 in 10 categories. Ohio State is tied for third in saves (33) and goals allowed, yielding only five goals in five games. The Scarlet and Gray is tied for fourth in the conference in goals per game (1.60), assists per game (1.40) and goals allowed per game (1.00). Ohio State shares the No. 5 ranking in shots (79), goals (8), assists (7), points (23) and corner kicks (29).

Ohio State played to a 1-1 tie vs. Kentucky Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Lisa Collison scored her team leading fourth goal of the season in the Buckeyes' home opener.

In the first half, where the Buckeyes out shot the Wildcats, 7-3, Ohio State struck first when Collison scored on a direct kick outside the 18-yard box at the 39:50 mark. After compiling a 2-1 corner kicks advantage, Ohio State was able to go into the break with a 1-0 lead. Staci Sinkway was in goal for the Scarlet and Gray and tallied two saves in the stanza to Wildcats' goalie Anne Ogundele's three.

In the second half, Kentucky evened the score at 1-1, sending the match into the Buckeyes' second double overtime contest of the season. Nicola Holdsworth fired a shot just inside the 18-yard box into the net and Wildcats Sarah Gaunt and Courtney McCrudden were credited with the assists. Sinkway made six saves in the half, while Ogundele had three and the Buckeyes added eight shots to their total compared to the Wildcats' 11. Both teams were even with two corner kicks a piece at the end of the half.

Neither team was able to score in the extra sessions. Out shooting Kentucky 4-2, the Buckeyes held the corner kicks advantage, 3-1. Both teams were even in saves with one each.

The Buckeyes tallied 19 shots on the night, including eight that were on goal compared to the Wildcats' 16. Sinkway, who played all 110:00 minutes, ended the evening with nine saves and Ogundele had seven. Ohio State outpaced Kentucky in corner kicks, 7-4.

Ohio State only has met one team in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and the match vs. Harvard is the Buckeyes' first meeting with an Ivy League program.

In Ohio State's inaugural season in 1993, the Buckeyes dropped a 1-0 contest to James Madison in Greensboro, N.C.

The Crimson's head coach Stephanie Erickson is in her first season as head coach and will bring an even 2-2 record when her team meets the Buckeyes. Returning 11 letterwinners, the team opened the season with two wins over Binghamton (1-0) and Syracuse (1-0), but recently fell to Central Connecticut (1-0) and Boston College (2-0).

Senior Katie Shields has been between the posts for the Crimson, posting shutouts in the opening two games and only allowing three goals over a four-game stretch. The team's two goals of the season came from underclassmen. Freshman Erin Wylie clinched the season opening win, while sophomore Megan Merritt's header gave Harvard the edge over Syracuse.

The Huskies enter the Harvard Invitational with a 3-2 record for the season. Coach Ed Matz inked a freshman class that was voted No. 2 in their conference.

Freshman Caitlin Whelan has scored six of the nine Huskie goals so far this season, including the gamewinner over Long Island (2-1). Last year's leading scorer, senior Kristen Kowalik, scored the season opener's gamewinning goal and a second gamewinner against Sacred Heart.

The match vs. Northeastern will feature three players from Switzerland, including Ohio State's Lara Dickenmann, who is from Kriens, Switzerland. Northeastern's Kristin Kowalik (forward) hails from Vikingstad, Sweden, while forward Hanna Olsson is a native of Stockholm, Sweden.

Lisa Collison, who is a native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, will be playing against fellow Canadian Jessie Haidamaka of Delta, British Columbia.

The Buckeyes will travel to the state of Michigan where they will face Michigan at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State then will meet Michigan State at noon Sept. 25 in East Lansing, Mich.