No. 25 Ohio State Opens Big Ten Play Sunday at Minnesota

Go Buckeyes! Kiiri Kuld leads the Buckeyes with six points
Go Buckeyes!
Kiiri Kuld leads the Buckeyes with six points
Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 15, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 25th-ranked Ohio State women's soccer team opens Big Ten play when it travels to Minnesota for a 2 p.m. Sunday match that will be televised live on Big Ten Network.

Ohio State is approaching its 200th win in program history. Since women's soccer became a varsity sport in 1993, Ohio State has an overall record of 199-150-27. Some of the previous milestone wins in Buckeye history:

1st           1-0 vs. Dayton (1993)
25th         4-1 vs. St. John's (1996)
50th         4-0 vs. Purdue (1998)
100th       3-1 vs. Coastal Carolina (2003)
150th       2-1 in 2OT vs. Illinois (2007)

After Week Four, 5-2 Ohio State is ranked 25th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and 23rd by Top Drawer Soccer.

Ohio State will travel to Minnesota for its first Big Ten match of the season Sunday. The Gophers are 3-5 this season and have not faced a Big Ten team to date. Mikki Denney Wright returns to the sidelines as head coach of the Gophers for her eighth season. She is 82-50-12 in her career as a head coach. The Gophers are led in scoring by freshman Taylor Uhl, who has tallied five goals this season. Ohio State leads the all-time series 10-9-1.

The No. 25 Ohio State women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to No 24 Dayton Sept. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

In a chippy first half, the Buckeyes almost capitalized on a pair of headers by Paige Maxwell. In the 21st minute, Maxwell's header off a long ball from Kiiri Kuld drifted wide right. In the 32nd, Maxwell's header sailed just over the crossbar off a perfect cross from Kendyl Reed on the right wing.

The Flyers then took the 1-0 advantage into the break when Katrin Loo headed in Alysha Mallon's left-footed corner from six yards out in the 36th minute.

Neither team had much in the way of opportunities in the second half until Danica Wu uncorked a shot from 20 yards out in the 84th minute that Boone was able to deflect out of play.

The Buckeyes had one final chance in the last 20 seconds when Liz Sullivan found Maxwell with a long ball on the end line but Maxwell's left-footed cross toward Chelsy Swackhamer was cleared at the last second by a Dayton defender.

For the game, Ohio State held a narrow 12-11 advantage in shots including 6-3 on goal.

Beginning its 19th season of conference play, Ohio State holds a 75-76-12 all-time record in Big Ten competition. The Buckeyes are 6-10-2 in Big Ten openers and 2-14-2 in Big Ten road openers overall; under Lori Walker, they are 6-5-2 in Big Ten openers and 2-9-2 in Big Ten road openers

Ohio State is 35-58-7 all-time in Big Ten road games, and 28-42-7 on the road in Big Ten games under Lori Walker. The Buckeyes are 10-12-2 away from home in conference play over the last four seasons. The Buckeyes won the 2010 regular season Big Ten title and the 2002 and 2004 Big Ten tournament championships.

The 1-0 double-overtime win over Ohio University was Ohio State's first overtime decision of the 2011 season.  All-time, Ohio State is 25-16-24 in overtime games, and 7-3-17 in double overtime contests.

The Buckeyes concluded non-conference play with the match versus Dayton. In 2011, Ohio State posted a 5-3 record against its non-conference opponents, with wins over Xavier, Radford, Wright State, West Virginia and Ohio, and losses to No. 1 North Carolina, No. 24 Dayton and at Missouri.

Senior Paige Maxwell has moved to eighth place on the Ohio State all-time list in career points (56), and is now seventh in career goals scored (25). She ranks 10th in career shots (150). Junior Tiffany Cameron is now 13th in career goals (13) and 15th in career points scored (35).

Ohio State women's soccer forward Paige Maxwell has been named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, the Missouri Athletic Club announced Aug. 15.

The senior from Medina, Ohio, is the reigning Offensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten after leading the Buckeyes and tying for second in the conference with 10 goals, including five game-winners, while adding a pair of assists. The 2010 NSCAA third team All-American has led the team in goals in each of her three seasons and ranks seventh in program history with 24 career goals heading into 2011.

It marks the third time in program history that a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007 and Cassie Dickerson was chosen last season. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer.

Ohio State is under the direction of 15th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to six NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 163-114-24 and her career record is 176-137-25.

Greg Miller is in his fourth season as associate head coach and 11th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2011 season marks the fourth campaign for assistant coach Glen Tourville; former team manager Spencer Bownas serves as a volunteer coach this season.

Danielle Scoliere and Liz Sullivan have been named captains of the 2011 squad and Lauren Granberg has been named assistant captain.

Scoliere is a captain for the second consecutive season after appearing in 61 games, making 34 starts, over her first three seasons. The Dublin, Ohio, native has primarily been an outside back for the Buckeyes but has been able to move up and provide an offensive spark because of her speed and work rate.

Sullivan, from Powell, Ohio, played in all 24 games as an outside back as a junior last season, scoring a pair of goals and adding five assists. A quick and talented defender who can also move up to the midfield, Sullivan scored her first career goal, a game-winner, last season in a 2-0 win over Pitt.

Granberg, from Edmonton, Alberta, was third on the team in scoring last season, tallying four goals and five assists while appearing in all 24 games.

Ohio State was picked by Big Ten head coaches to finish second in the conference this season. Penn State garnered the top spot in the preseason poll, followed by the Buckeyes, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Each team was a 2010 NCAA tournament team; it marks the ninth-consecutive season the Nittany Lions were picked to win the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes, returning eight starters from their Big Ten co-champion and NCAA College Cup team a year ago, also had 2010 NSCAA third team All-American Paige Maxwell, co-captain Danielle Scoliere and Danica Wu named Players to Watch by the Big Ten.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is sporting a new playing surface this season. Now a 100% Kentucky Bluegrass surface, the sod from the Tuckahoe Sod Farm was put down in July after work to the drainage, sprinkler and conduit systems underneath. Some more "stats" about the home of the Buckeyes:

- The home team is 87-35-11 all-time.
- Ohio State is 68-18-9 since 2003 and 43-13-5 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009 and were 9-2-2 in 2010.

Three Ohio State women's soccer contests will be televised live this fall as part of the Big Ten Network (BTN) autumn schedule. The Buckeyes' road games at Minnesota and Wisconsin will be shown live on national television, as will Senior Day activities from Columbus when Ohio State hosts Indiana. The Sept. 18 contest at Minnesota is a 2 p.m. Eastern start, as is the game at Wisconsin on Oct. 2. The Buckeyes' regular-season home finale against Indiana on Oct. 30 will begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. will also be live streaming the Sept. 29 match from Penn State, as well as the home matches with Iowa (Oct. 14) and Nebraska (Oct. 16). The complete BTN broadcast schedule can be found at

The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play next weekend, hosting Illinois on Friday evening and Northwestern Sunday at noon.