September 15, 1998
COLUMBUS - Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the OSU Sports Field for today's match between the Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0-0) and in-state rival Xavier Musketeers (1-2-1).
BEST START FOR BUCKEYES - EVER
OSU's 4-0-0 mark through four games is the best start in the history of the program. OSU's 12 goals through four games are the most in school history (next best - 9G in 1996). OSU's one goal against through four games is the least in school history (next best - 2GA in 1996). The Buckeyes are showing distinct characteristics of the 1996 team that posted the school's best record at 14-7-0. Bottom line...these Bucks aren't too shabby.
OSU vs. XAVIER HISTORY
Xavier leads the all-time series 1-3-1 since the teams first met in 1993. The teams tied 3-3 in overtime in the initial meeting and the Musketeers bested the Buckeyes 5-1 last year at Cincinnati. OSU is 1-1 at home against Xavier and the Musketeers have outscored the Bucks 15-11 for the series.
SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS
The Musketeers head into the match after losing at home to Dayton. For the second straight game, it took overtime for Dayton to pull off a victory as the Flyers edged Xavier 1-0 in the Atlantic 10 opener. Amy Lemon put up four shots for the Musketeers and Annette Gruber added three, but the squad could not find the net even though it outshot the Flyers 15-9.
A MUSKETEER RETURNS HOME
Midfielder Erin Coley, returns to Columbus in an effort to post a win for Xavier. Coley, who hails from Westerville, Ohio, was on the 1994 and 1995 state championship team for Westerville South high school.
LOCAL BUCKS ARE PLAYMAKERS
Three Buckeyes from Westerville and one Worthington native have had a major impact on the success of the 1998 squad. Elisa Hamilton, a true freshman from Westerville, Ohio, has started every game in the Buckeye defensive line and has one assist to her credit this season. Sophomore Melissa Fox (Westerville) has also started in every contest and put up eight shots and one goal. Another true freshman and Westerville Buckeye, Brynn Catino, is tied for second for scoring with four points, after netting two goals as a reserve forward. Tori Moore, a 10-game starter in 1997 and four-year letterwinner at Thomas Worthington, has started twice this year and appeared in every contest. BIG TEN OPENS THIS WEEKEND
Friday marks the kickoff of the conference season with all 10 teams facing Big Ten opponents. Illinois is at Ohio State and Indiana is at Penn State. Minnesota travels to Iowa while Wisconsin hosts Michigan and Northwestern hosts Michigan State.
CAN ANYONE STOP THE BIG TEN
After two weeks os the 1998 season, Big Ten teams have posted a combined 33-6-2 record and six squads are still undefeated at 4-0 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, OSU and Penn State).
GREAT LAKES REGIONAL RANKINGS
The regional rankings as of Monday, Sept. 14. 1. Notre Dame 4-1-0 2. Michigan 4-0-0 3. Northwestern 3-0-1 4. Marquette 1-0-1 5. Minnesota 3-1-0 6. WI-Milwaukee 2-2-0 7. Ohio State 4-0-0 8. Cincinnati 1-2-1 9. Dayton 4-2-0 10. Indiana 4-0-0
The Fighting Illini will be the Buckeyes first Big Ten opponent. 1998 marks the second year for the Illini program. Leading Illinois will be Sarah Aberle and Kelly Buszkiewicz. Aberle lead UI in goals scored (80). Illinois also welcomes 13 new faces to this year's squad, in addition to the 10 returning veterans.
OSU'S PROBABLE STARTERS Keeper 1 Amber Barnes Sweeper 10 Maria Jimenez Left Back 3 Amanda Orr Center Back 10 Katie Martorella Right Back 24 Elisa Hamilton Left Flank 12 Jennifer Plante Center Mid 18 Emily Thorpe Center Mid 11 Becky Borchers Right Flank 19 Katy Traeger Striker 6 Melanie Vierling Striker 9 Mia Katzel
HEAD COACH LORI WALKER
The North Carolina graduate is 13-9-1 in her second season as head coach of the Buckeyes and 26-32-2 for her four-year career. She is one of the youngest Division I coaches at 27 years of age and just the second women's soccer mentor in OSU history. She led her 1997 Buckeye squad to the second highest winning percentage (.500) in school history and advanced to the conference tournament. Walker first coached at Kansas for two years before accepting the position at OSU.
MATCH FOUR VS. PURDUE
It took just seven minutes for the team to take command as the Buckeyes defeated the Boilermakers, 4-0. OSU went on top 1-0, in the 14th minute when Katie Martorella settled a ball in the middle of the field and banged it off the left post for a goal. Mia Katzel scored from just outside the box in the 49th minute when she hammered the ball straight at the keeper and it nicked off a Purdue into the goal. Martorella set up OSU's third goal in the 60th minute, bending a free kick around the Boilermaker wall and into the crossbar. Catino sliced through the scattered Purdue defenders and volleyed it home. In the 72nd minute, Hamilton sent a corner deep into the box that Borchers touched and Katy Traeger rifled into the net.
MATCH THREE AT DAYTON
Senior Jennifer Plante put OSU on the board first in the 10th minute when she connected on a penalty kick. The Buckeyes went on top 2-0 in the 33rd minute when Becky Borchers broke away from the defense and netted a goal in front of the hometown crowd. Dayton tried to climb back into the game in the second half when Ingred Zielke put in a Jenny Davin corner kick, pulling the Flyers within one with her first goal of the season. Amber Barnes shut down the Dayton offense for the remainder of the game.
MATCH TWO AT LOUISVILLE
Vierling scored two goals, one in each half, helping the Buckeyes shutout Louisville 5-0. Vierling was part of a dominating OSU offense that outshot the Cardinals 19-9. Katzel tallied a goal and an assist on the day, while Fox and Catino also netted a goal apiece. Barnes recorded three saves and her second consecutive shutout of the year.
MATCH ONE AT EVANSVILLE
Senior defender Jennifer Plante came off the bench to score the game winning goal in OSU's 1-0 win at Evansville. In the 24th minute, Plante netted a stray ball that was rolling in front of the goal mouth after a corner kick, her only shot of the day. Barnes moved her career shutout mark to 4.5 while recording six saves on the day.
1 AMBER BARNES - SO, GK
This Buckeye is solid. In her second year as the starting goalie, she has recorded 3.0 shutouts on the year and kept opponents scoreless for the first 237 minutes of the 1998 season. Currently ranked first in the Big Ten for goals against average (0.25) and shutouts (3.0) and third for saves (17).
11 BECKY BORCHERS - SR, MID
Senior that is always around the action. Currently averaging just over two shots per game for her career. Climbing the OSU record ladder for goals, assists, points and shots. Assisted on Katy Traeger's goal against Purdue. Also took one shot against the Boilermakers. Netted the game-winning goal at Dayton, taking four shots against the Flyers. Recorded two shots at Louisville.
17 MELISSA FOX - SO, MID
Highly touted midfielder that was a HS All-American and the Ohio Player of the Year in 1995. Has started every match in 1998. Stroked a pair of shots against Purdue. Scored the game-winning goal at Louisville.
24 ELISA HAMILTON - FR, DEF
True freshman that has started every game so far this season. Took corner kick that led to Katy Trager's goal against Purdue. Was credited with an assist for the play. Recorded first career shot against Dayton.
10 MARIA JIMENEZ - JR, DEF
Solid defender that has bided her time and earned a spot in the starting lineup. Has started every match so far in the sweeper spot.
9 MIA KATZEL - SO, STR
Forward that has a knack for finding the goal. Was the first player off the bench as a freshman and has now started three times in her sophomore campaign. Netted her second goal of the season against Purdue when her shot ricocheted off a defender and caught the keeper off guard. Scored in the 82nd minute at Louisville and also assisted on Melanie Vierling's second goal.
15 KATIE MARTORELLA - JR, DEF
A mainstay in the back line for the past two years. Tough defender that manages some offense as well, finding a way to rip a shot now and again. Scored her first goal of the season (the game-winner) against Purdue when she was free in the middle of the field and found the net. Also assisted on Brynn Catino's goal on a free kick against the Boilermakers.
16 TORI MOORE - SO, DEF
Started twice this year for the Bucks and has played in all four games. Key defensive clear on a corner kick against Purdue prevented a sure Boilermaker goal. Also recorded a shot against the Boilers.
9 AMANDA ORR - SO, DEF
Three-game starter in 1998 that saw much action as a rookie. Very consistent at the left back position.
12 JENNIFER PLANTE - SR, DEF
Physical player with a wicked shot. Has the green light to shoot at will. Scored OSU's first goal at Dayton on a PK. Netted the game-winner at Evansville after knocking in a loose ball. 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
18 EMILY THORPE - FR, MID
True freshman starter. Recorded one shot against Purdue. Assisted on Mia Katzel's goal at Louisville. Three-time MVP in high school.
19 KATY TRAEGER - JR, MID
Attacking midfielder that has played in every game since she set foot on campus. Put in her first goal of the year against Purdue when she finished a corner kick.
6 MELANIE VIERLING - FR, STR
True freshman that plays like a veteran. Recorded two shots against Purdue. Scored her first collegiate goal in the 18th minute at Louisville and followed with another with four minutes to go.
1998 STANDINGS CONFERENCE OVERALL 1. Illinois 0 0 0 .000 4 0 0 1.000 Indiana 0 0 0 .000 4 0 0 1.000 Iowa 0 0 0 .000 4 0 0 1.000 Michigan 0 0 0 .000 4 0 0 1.000 Ohio State 0 0 0 .000 4 0 0 1.000 Penn State 0 0 0 .000 4 0 0 1.000 7. Northwestern 0 0 0 .000 3 0 1 .875 8. Minnesota 0 0 0 .000 3 1 0 .750 9. Michigan State 0 0 0 .000 2 2 1 .500 10. Wisconsin 0 0 0 .000 1 3 0 .250
Matches This Week
Tuesday, September 15 Iowa State at Iowa Michigan at Eastern Michigan DePaul at Northwestern Xavier at Ohio State
Friday, September 18 Illinois at Ohio State Indiana at Penn State Minnesota at Iowa Michigan at Wisconsin Michigan State at Northwestern
Sunday, September 20 Penn State at Illinois Ohio State at Indiana Grinnell at Iowa Michigan at Northwestern Michigan State at Wisconsin Conference Notes
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR SEPT. 14
Kate Walse, Iowa, So., FWD
Kate Walse led Iowa to a 2-0 week with wins over Kansas (5-1) and Western Illinois (7-0). Walse tallied five goals and an assist in the two games. In 34 minutes, she recorded her first career hat trick against Western Illinois on only four shots. Walse is ranked second in the Conference for scoring and in goals with 13 points and six scores.
Emily Oleksiuk, Penn State, Fr., GK
Emily Oleksiuk made her fourth consecutive start for Penn State and claimed two road wins against nationally ranked opponents. Oleksiuk played all 111 minutes and tabbed five saves in the 2-1 double overtime upset at No. 6 Virginia, marking the Lions' highest ranked opponent upset in school history. Against No. 19 Harvard, she posted a career-high 11 stops in the 2-1 win. Oleksiuk ranks second on the league's saves statistic category with 21 stops in five matches.
1998 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 7 - Bonnie Young, Penn State, Fr., FWD