COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State and Duke meet for the fourth time on the soccer pitch at 1 p.m. Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten Network will be in the house broadcasting to a regional audience. Bernie Guenther and Lisa Grubb, Ohio State’s all-time leading goal scorer and point producer (35 goals and 95 points between 2001-06) and now a high school coach in the Cleveland area, will call the action from the Jesse Owens pressbox.
The Buckeyes are coming off a disappointing, 1-0, loss to 4-1 Rutgers Friday and enters the contest with an 0-3-2 record. This is the longest stretch of games to open a season without a win for Ohio State soccer.
Duke, the nation’s 12th-ranked team in the NSCAA/adidas poll, came back from a 1-0 deficit Friday night at Dayton to secure a 3-1 win. The Blue Devils are 5-1 this season with their only loss coming to top-three team Notre Dame.
LIVE STATS ON THE WEB
Live statistics for the Duke match is available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com on the main home page, on the women’s soccer front page and also through the women’s soccer schedule page.
Tickets to see Ohio State soccer are $5 for adults, $3 for children and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets in advance for $2 apiece. Ohio State students get in free with a valid ID.
A meet the team autograph session will be held after the game. Rally towels will be given to the first 1,000 fans and the FUNday Sunday Package is available ($7 buys one game ticket, hot dog, soda and popcorn).
BUCKEYES’ ON BTN BROADCASTS
Ohio State is 1-2 in Big Ten Network-televised games. Last year, Ohio State lost, 1-0, at Wisconsin; defeated Michigan St., 3-0, at Jesse Owens; and lost to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament championship game at Minneapolis, 3-1.
COLLISON LEADS WITH 2 BTN GOALS
Lisa Collison had two goals against Michigan State in the BTN game last year. Alex Burzynski also scored vs. Mich. St. and Caitlin Colfer scored vs. Purdue in the Big Ten tournament.
BUCKEYES vs. BLUE DEVILS
The contest between Ohio State and Duke will be the fourth match between the two schools and the first outside of games at the Duke/adidas Classic. Duke has defeated Ohio State in all three previous meetings, held at its own tournament: 3-0 in 1994; 5-0 in 1995 and 2-1 last year.
DUKE WINS 2-1 IN 2007
Trailing Duke, 1-0, last year on a goal by Madeline McEwen, Ohio State came out strong and tied the score five minutes into the second half. Lara Dickenmann sent a drive on net that caromed in off the right goal post. Senior Amanda Ball assisted. Duke retaliated six minutes later with the game winner: Elisabeth Redmond set up C.J. Ludemann, who blasted a shot from 23-yards away that found the back of the net. Duke had 11 shots for the game while Ohio State attempted a season-low six shots.
FOUR NCAAs FOR WALKER’S TEAM
Lori Walker is in her 12th-year as Ohio State head coach. She has guided the team to four NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07), four Big Ten tournament championship games and two Big Ten tournament titles (2002 and 2004). She has an Ohio State record of 119-95-20 and an overall mark, which includes two years at Kansas, of 132-118-21.
LATE RUTGERS GOAL WINS IT
Ohio State and Rutgers played 80 minutes of soccer with only one great scoring opportunity, but when the second came in the 82nd minute, the Scarlet Knights capitalized and came away with a 1-0 win over the Buckeyes on a muggy and buggy Friday night. Rutgers out-shot Ohio State, 15-9, and held a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal.
“We did not generate any pressure at all on the Rutgers defense and goalkeeper and as a result our back line was under constant pressure,” Ohio State coach Lori Walker said.
RECONFIGURED BACK LINE
Injuries - Cassie Dickerson’s knee and Kelsi Landry’s ankle - prompted Walker to move Lauren Beachy to the back line vs. Rutgers with steady sophomore Lauren Steuer alongside freshmen Elizabeth Sullivan and Colleen Brady. Brady played the entire 90 minutes in her first collegiate appearance.
“Colleen Brady played a terrific game,” Lori Walker said afterward.
A MAXIMUM EFFORT
Paige Maxwell, a high school and youth NSCAA/adidas All-American as a senior, played one of her best games of the season vs. the Scarlet Knights. She had two shots on goal and was litteraly inches away from scoring her second goal of the season during one goal line battle.
“Paige had a fine second half,” Walker said. “She covered defensively and she was outstanding spinning into position.”
THREE LATE-GAME Ls
Ohio State’s three losses have all come on late goals and downright disappointing goals. The team dropped a 4-3 game to now No. 24 Milwaukee despite tying the score - after trailing by two goals twice - in the 88th minute. The panthers won it on an 89th-minute PK. Game 2 was a 2-1 OT loss to Marquette after giving up the tying goal with six seconds to play. And Rutgers scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute.
Ashley Bowyer has scored twice on free kicks this season...in the 88th minute vs. Milwaukee and vs. BGSU. She leads the team with five points.
Lisa Collison’s break-away goal against Charlotte, with a defender draped all over her, was the 29th of her career. She’ll be just the third Buckeye to reach 30 goals with her next.
The Buckeyes have not scored in the first half this season.
Only four players have started all four games: GK Lauren Robertson, D Lauren Steuer, D/M Lauren Beachy, M Ashley Bowyer.
Seven frosh have appeared in all four games with M Caitlyn Martin and D Elizabeth Sullivan leading with four starts each.
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