Women's Soccer Faces No. 10 Cal and Washington in Ohio State Tournament

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Sept. 14, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team welcomes No. 10 California, Washington and Dayton for the Ohio State Tournament taking place Friday and Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Washington and Dayton open the event Friday with a 5 p.m. game, followed by the Buckeyes and Cal in the second game at 7:30 p.m.

On the second day of the tournament Sunday, Dayton faces Cal at 11:30 a.m., with Ohio State and Washington playing at 2 p.m. to conclude the event.

All four games will be available on GameTracker on the official Ohio State athletics website (ohiostatebuckeyes.com). Both Ohio State games will also be webcast by OSU student radio at ohio.fm/sports.

Fri., Sept. 15Washington vs. Dayton5 p.m.GameTracker
Fri., Sept. 15Ohio State vs. Cal7:30 p.m.GameTracker
Sun., Sept. 17Dayton vs. Cal11:30 a.m.GameTracker
Sun., Sept. 17Ohio State vs. Washington2 p.m.GameTracker

Ohio State is 2-2-1 this season after falling to Kentucky by a score of 3-0 in its most recent game Sept. 8 in Lexington, Ky. The Buckeyes totaled 11 shots, four of which were on goal, but were unable to get on the board. After opening the season with a scoreless tie vs. Kent State, OSU won its next two games, but has stumbled recently with two road losses. The Ohio State Tournament marks the Buckeyes' first home games since Aug. 27, and they are looking to make the best of the home-field advantage. Head coach Lori Walker is in her 10th season at the helm of Ohio State with a record of 101-76-15. Sophomore Lisa Collison and junior Lara Dickenmann are tied for the team lead in points with five each. Both players have scored two goals and an assist. Jenna Greenwood and Ali Schwach have scored the other two OSU goals this season.

In its two exhibition matches, Dayton topped Bowling Green 5-0 and Northwestern 5-1, but the Flyers are 0-2-3 in the regular season and have scored a total of five goals. Dayton had its string of seven-consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season titles snapped last year and were picked second in the A10 preseason coaches poll. Head coach Mike Tucker is in his 12th season and has seen five different Flyers score the team's five goals so far this season and four different players have provided one assist. Freshman forward Mandi Back owns one of those goals and team-high 18 shots, including 10 on goal.

Washington came within one game of the Women's College Cup in 2004, but last season went 0-17-3 and scored eight goals all season. Eight starters are back this season and already the Huskies have scored nine goals in their six games. Washington is 4-2-0 and all six of its matches thus far have been determined by shutout. The Huskies are coming off a 4-0 win over Baylor last Sunday in Portland, Ore. Head coach Lesle Gallimore is in her 13th season and ranks second on the Pac-10 all-time wins list with 133. Melissa Beal leads the team in scoring with three goals and an assist.

At 4-0-2, California remains the only undefeated team in the Pac-10 and is ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation this week. The Bears, led by 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Kevin Boyd, are 2-0 against the Big Ten this season with 1-0 wins over Indiana and Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Cal leads the Pac-10 in fewest goals allowed (1) and shutouts (5). Senior goalkeeper Anna Key owns a 0.16 goals-allowed average and ranks sixth all-time at Cal with 13 career shutouts. Sophomore forward Valerie Barnes leads the Bears in goals with two, while Katie Ratican owns two assists.