Sept. 14, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 22 Ohio State women's soccer team opens its Big Ten slate against No. 16 Wisconsin at 1 p.m., Sunday at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wis.
The match will feature two of the Big Ten's top offenses and defenses, as both teams outscore their opponents by an average score of 3-1 per game.
LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES DEFEAT LSU AND VIRGINIA TECH
Ohio State posted two wins over LSU and Virginia Tech at the Buckeye Classic last weekend. The Buckeyes defeated LSU 4-0 Friday, with Danielle Dietrich, Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb each tallying a goal and an assist. Elizabeth Mumley also notched a goal in the win.
Ohio State downed the Hokies, 4-1, Sunday, with Dietrich, Dickenmann and Grubb again posting a goal and an assist each, while teammate Jackie LaFond netted her first goal of the year in the win. Dietrich's goals over the weekend gives her a team-leading five on the season.
SCORING, SCORING, SCORING
Junior Danielle Dietrich continues to post career numbers in her most productive season as a Buckeye. Through Ohio State's six games this season, Dietrich has tallied 13 points on five goals and three assists. Dietrich has scored in five of Ohio State's six matches this season including a current streak of four consecutive games with a goal.
After six games this season, the Buckeyes are out-shooting their opponents by a 115-56 clip, including a 59-21 edge in shots on goal. The advantage in the shots department is a continuing trend for Ohio State as they have recorded more shots than their opponents in each of the last three seasons. In 2003, Ohio State fired 317 shots to their opponents 240. The 2002 season saw the Buckeyes attempt the second-most shots all-time in a season with 350 to their opponents' 233. In 2001, Ohio State registered 273 shots vs. 245 for their opponents.
THE WORD ON THE BADGERS
After posting wins over Boston College and North Dakota State last weekend the Badgers are 6-0 on the year and ranked No. 16 in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
Leading the way for Wisonsin are junior forwards Amy Vermeulen and Katy Lindenmuth. Vermeulen leads Wisconsin in goals, with eight and points, with 19, while Lindenmuth has tallied 11 points on three goals and five assists.
The goalkeeper for Wisconsin is freshman Lynn Murray. Murray boasts a 4-0 record with seven saves and a GAA of 1.43.
Dean Duerst is in his 11th year as head coach of Wisconsin. Duerst owns a 121-81-5 record.
BUCKEYES - BADGERS: ALL-TIME SERIES
Wisconsin holds a 6-5-2 series record against the Buckeyes. In Columbus the series is tied 2-2-3, while in Madison the Badgers hold a 4-1 edge. Ohio State has a 1-0 record on neutral sites with the lone victory coming in the 2002 Big Ten Tournament final, when the Buckeyes were victorious by a 2-1 margin. The Buckeyes are 3-0-1 in their last four meetings with Wisconsin.
LAST MEETING: BUCKEYES DEFEAT BADGERS 2-0 IN 2003
In a rematch of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament final, Ohio State downed Wisconsin by a 2-0 score, Oct. 17, 2003. Melissa Miller paced the Buckeye offense with a first period goal and assisted on an insurance tally by Danielle Dietrich in the second half to send OSU to its third consecutive win over the Badgers.
Overall, the Buckeyes outshot the Badgers by a 14-10 count, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal.
OSU VS. THE BIG TEN
Ohio State owns a 42-56-8 record against Big Ten squads. The Buckeyes also have appeared in the Big Ten Tournament nine times and carry a 6-8 record in those contests. The Buckeyes won the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Wisconsin, ranked as high as 16th this week, will serves as Ohio State's third ranked foe in seven matches this season.
Ohio State is 0-2 so far this season against ranked opponents. The Buckeyes dropped a pair of games to No. 3/4 Washington and No. 6 Portland to start the season.
HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State has dominated its opponents at home this season. With its two wins this weekend and an 8-1 win over Xavier (Sept. 2), Ohio State is outscoring its opponents 16-2. Ohio State also improved its record to 10-1-2 at JOMS over the past two seasons with its wins over LSU and Virginia Tech.
Over the last two years the Buckeyes have dominated the Jesse Owens Stadium scoreboard holding a 37-7 advantage in goals, while controlling the corner kick department by an astounding 126-57 ledger.
Ohio State is ranked as one of the top teams statistically in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State is ranked first in total shots with 115. The Buckeyes' 3.17 goals per game and 19 total goals is ranked second in the league and their 55 total points is third best among Big Ten teams. Ohio State also is third in total assists (17) and assists per game (2.83), as well as third in corner kicks with 37.
DIETRICH, DICKENMANN AND GRUBB TOPS IN BIG TEN
Danielle Dietrich is second in the Big Ten in total shots (23) and points (13) and third in the Big Ten in points per game (2.17) and goals (5). Lara Dickenmann's 4.25 shots per game is ranked second in the conference, while Lisa Grubb's 22 total shots ranks fourth.
With its 1-0 victory against Louisville last weekend, Ohio State has now played in 18 matches decided by a margin of one goal since 2001 and carries an 11-7 mark in those contests. The Buckeyes have excelled in close matches the last seasons as OSU posted a 4-2 record in 2002 and a 6-3 ledger in 2003.
The Buckeyes have enjoyed marked success when stepping outside the Big Ten conference. With its two victories last weekend, Ohio State is 4-2 in non-conference action this season. In 2003, they posted an unblemished 8-0 mark against non-conference foes in the regular season. With the win and loss in the NCAA tournament, the Buckeyes concluded at 9-1 vs. non-conference teams.
Included in the nine victories were six shutouts, featuring a 1-0 win over then-No. 6 Virginia in Columbus, a 2-0 victory at perennial Conference USA power Cincinnati and 3-0 triumph over Atlantic-10 champion Dayton in the NCAA's.
FRESHMAN MAKING AN IMPACT
Ohio State's highest ranked recruiting class - rated in the Top-10 by many publications - is making its presence felt this season. Lara Dickenmann, rated the No. 1 field player in the country, has started four games, tallied two goals and two assists for six points. Keiana Mitchell and Carla Arbulu have posted points as well this, Arbulu has three assists while Mitchell has tallied one. Lindsay Mays and Amanda Ball also have seen their share of playing time, competing in two games for the Buckeyes.
MILLER NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior midfielder Heather Miller was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week Sept. 7, after tying an Ohio State record for goals in a single match with three tallies in the Buckeyes' 8-1 victory over Xavier Sept. 2 Miller is the fifth Buckeye to score three goals in a game the last was Lindsay Eckles, Sept. 8, 2000 against Missouri.
LORI WALKER ASSISTS NBC IN ATHENS
Lori Walker assisted NBC in covering the 2004 Olympic Games Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Walker, who served the last three seasons as an analyst for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), provided color commentary for women's soccer, including the victorious United States gold medal match.
BUCKEYES PARTICIPATE IN KICKS FOR CANCER
The Ohio State women's soccer team participated in the eighth annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament (KABC) April 4, 2004 in Germantown, Md. The Buckeyes set a record for the largest charitable collegiate contribution received by KABC with over $13,000, smashing the previous mark of $8,000. In its eight years, the event has raised over $275,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia, Md.
Ohio State returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 against the Purdue Boilermakers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes remain home to meet the Indiana Hoosiers, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26