No. 25 Ohio State Opens Big Ten Play Sunday at Minnesota
Sept. 15, 2011
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.
200 BUCKEYE WINS
1st 1-0 vs. Dayton (1993)
IN THE RANKINGS
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.
IN THE BIG TEN
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.
CLIMBING THE CAREER RANKINGS
MAXWELL ON MAC HERMANN LIST
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.
THE COACHING STAFF
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.
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.
OSU PICKED SECOND IN 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.
A "NEW" HOME FIELD
- The home team is 87-35-11 all-time.
THREE GAMES TELEVISED ON BTN
BTN.com 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 www.BigTenNetwork.com.