Sept. 14, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Buckeyes emerged from the University of Michigan/NIKE Invitational with a 1-1 record and will return home after a four game road trip. Ohio State (3-3 overall, 0-0 in the Big Ten) will play host to the Dayton Flyers Friday before heading north to East Lansing, Mich. to battle the Michigan State Spartans. Tickets for the match Friday are available at the gate or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.
"We're pleased with our results so far against a consistently high level of competition," head coach Lori Walker said. "We feel the competition has prepared us for Big Ten play. Dayton is a very good team and a strong in-state rival. We haven't played them in two years and I'm looking forward to competing with them since the personnel from both teams has changed."
ECKLES KEEPS ON SCORING
Lindsay Eckles (So., Hilliard/Hilliard Davidson) leads the Big Ten conference in goals scored (7) and total points (17). She continued her scoring streak over the weekend, recording a hat trick in the 3-2 overtime upset of No. 12 Missouri Friday and adding the lone goal in the Buckeye's 3-1 loss to Washington Sunday. With seven goals and three assists in only six games, Eckles is well on her way toward surpassing her career record of ten goals and two assists, which she set in the 1999 season. As a freshman, Eckles led the team in scoring.
BUCKEYES IN THE POLLS
Ohio State currently is ranked No. 20 by Soccer America's College Top 20 national poll. Two Buckeyes have been named to Soccer America's College Women's Team of the Week in the past two weeks. Defender Jen Miller (So., Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) was selected to the team for the weekend of Sept. 1-3 for her assist on Jennica Kidd's (Fr., Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville North) gamewinning goal against No. 18 Florida State. Lindsay Eckles was one of four forwards in the nation to be named to the team for the week of Sept. 4-10.
The Buckeyes also are ranked No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region in the latest NSCAA poll and received votes in the latest Soccer Buzz Great Lakes Region poll.
Sixth year coach Mike Tucker will lead the defending Atlantic 10 Champion Flyers into Columbus. Dayton (3-2 overall, 0-0 in the Atlantic 10) has won its last three contests. The Flyers are currently ranked No. 10 in NSCAA's Great Lakes Region poll and has received votes in the latest Soccer Buzz Great Lakes Region poll.
Leading the way for UD is sophomore Missy Gregg, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 1999. In five games, Gregg has posted four goals and two assists for 10 points. Also leading the offense is junior Bridget Bushman. Bushman is second in scoring with six total points on two goals and two assists.
Leading the defense is sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Weisenfeld who has allowed only six goals and pulled in 27 saves.
THE BUCKEYES VS. THE FLYERS
These two teams have met seven times since 1993, the first year of the Buckeye program. Ohio State is 5-2 all time against Dayton and won the last meeting, 2-1, on Sept. 9, 1998 in Dayton.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans (5-0-1 overall, 0-0 in the Big Ten) enter the 2000 Big Ten schedule undefeated after a double overtime tie with Eastern Michigan Sunday. The Spartans are already only one victory shy of equaling the six recorded a year ago. Coach Tom Saxon has placed more emphasis on offense this season and it is paying off.
Leading the new offense is senior Gina Dawson and freshman Tiffany Laskowski who have both recorded five total points this season. Dawson has two goals and an assist and Laskowski has scored one goal and has three assists. Last season, Michigan State's leadingscorer, Jessica Moorman, finished the year with 14 total points on six goals and two assists.
Senior goalkeeper Sara Kloosterman has allowed only four goals while recording 27 saves this season. With three shutouts this season, Kloosterman is halfway to the six she recorded a year ago.
THE BUCKEYES VS. THE SPARTANS
Ohio State has met Michigan State six times and holds a 4-2 series record. The Buckeyes won the last meeting 1-0, on Oct. 15, 1999, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes lost 3-1 to Washington Sunday in the final game of the University of Michigan/ NIKE Invitational. Lindsay Eckles scored the lone Buckeye goal on an assist from Shelley Besson (So., Kettering, Ohio/The Miami Valley School). The loss dropped Ohio State's record to 3-3 overall and 0-0 in the Big Ten.
On Friday, Ohio State opened the tournament with a stunning 3-2 overtime upset of No. 12 Missouri. Eckles brought the Buckeyes out of a 2-0 halftime deficit by scoring two times in the second half to force the Tigers into overtime.
Eckles found the net only 1:52 into the extra time to give Ohio State the victory.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
In Big Ten conference overall team statistics, Ohio State is currently ranked sixth in scoring and ninth in goalkeeping out of 11 teams. The Buckeyes currently are dominating the individual statistics. Lindsay Eckles is at the top of the scoring and goals categories with seven goals off 25 shots and three assists for 17 points. Emily Thorpe (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) is second in assists with four and Eckles and Jen Miller are tied for fourth with three assists apiece.
Amber Barnes (Sr., Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) leads all conference keepers with 35 saves in six games.
In its first six games, Ohio State has battled four Top 25 opponents and emerged with an impressive .500 record. In the Missouri/Ellis Copy Invitational, Sept. 1-3, the Buckeyes faced then No. 11 Wake Forest and No. 18 Florida State. After falling 2-1 in overtime to the Demon Deacons, the Buckeyes bounced back, forcing the Seminoles into overtime and coming out on top, 3-2. This past weekend at the Michigan/NIKE Invitational, OSU split its matches against then No. 12 Missouri and Washington. The Huskies, now 6-0 overall, currently are ranked No. 11 by the NSCAA.
JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM
There is good news for Buckeye fans who have become accustomed to dodging orange cones and cheering above the drone of bulldozers and cranes. The new and improved Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium should be unveiled in early November, just in time for the Big Ten Men's Soccer Championships, which will be held here in Columbus, Nov. 9-12. When it is complete, the stadium will be one of the nicest college soccer facilities in the nation with an elevated concourse and seating available for 8,000 spectators.
The stadium will be surrounded by a wrought iron fence with brick piers and green and white ash trees. It also will be home to the Jesse Owens memorial wall and plaque and will be a facility worthy of carrying the name of one of the greatest Buckeyes in history.
IN MEN'S SOCCER NEWS
The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men's Soccer Committee announced last Thursday Columbus Crew Stadium has been selected to play host to the 2001 NCAA Men's College Cup, Dec. 14 and 16, 2001. Pending the approval of the Division I Championships/ Competition Cabinet, the event will be co-hosted by Ohio State and the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.
"We are pleased that another NCAA Championship is coming to Columbus," Andy Geiger, director of athletics at Ohio State, said. "It is another wonderful example of the partnership between the Ohio State University, the City of Columbus and the Columbus Crew. It is community spirit prevailing in the best sense."