COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State continues its seven-game homestand this weekend with games against Evansville and Louisville. The Buckeyes and the Purple Aces meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Parent’s Night - at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and then OSU returns to the “Jesse” for a noon game Sunday against Louisville.
Ohio State is 0-4-2 this season while Evansville is 4-1 and Louisville is 2-2-1.
IMPORTANT SUNDAY PARKING INFO
Sunday’s game against Louisville coincides with move-in day for Ohio State students. All fans are asked to park in the Buckeye Lots, north of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium across Fred Taylor Drive. Please enter from the north, using the Ackerman or North Broadway Road exits off Rt. 315. Fred Taylor Drive will be closed to northbound traffic at Lane Ave.
OHIO STATE SOCCER TICKETS
Game tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets in advance for $2 apiece. OSU students get in free with a valid ID.
LIVE STATS ON THE WEB
Live statistics are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com on the main home page, the women’s soccer front page and through the women’s soccer schedule page.
NEW STREAMING VIDEO
This is a new electronic feature: each of the games this weekend will be streamed to the web live through Buckeye Vision, a subscription service. For details on how to order annual or monthly subscriptions, click on the Buckeye Vision link at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
OHIO STATE vs. EVANSVILLE
Ohio State and Evansville, from the Missouri Valley Conference, have played twice with Ohio State winning both matches: 1-0 in 1998 and 4-3 in 2001. Evansville was an NCAA tournament team in each of the seasons.
The Buckeyes are 4-0-0 against the Missouri Valley Conference (Creighton 1-0-0, Evansville 2-0-0, and Indiana State 1-0-0).
LAST MEETING vs. EVANSVILLE
The last meeting between Ohio State and Evansville was in October of 2001. The Buckeyes defeated the Purple Aces 4-3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium behind goals from four different players on senior day. The Buckeyes extended their unbeaten streak to six-consecutive matches with the win and went on to finish the season 10-9-1, 5-4-1 in the Big Ten.
BUCKEYES vs. CARDINALS
The Buckeyes are 6-1-0 against Louisville with the only loss coming last year - 2-0 in Louisville. The other matches:
2004 - Ohio State 1, at Louisville 0
2000 - Ohio State 4, Louisville 0
1998 - Ohio State 5, at Louisville 0
1996 - Ohio State 3, Louisville 0
1995 - Ohio State 3, at Louisville 2 (OT)
1994 - Ohio State 5, Louisville 2
Louisville is a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Ohio State is 17-14-3 against BIG EAST opponents.
SUTTMILLER SETS ASSISTS MARK
Lisa Suttmiller set the Ohio State single game record for most assists (3) on Sept. 4, 1994, against Louisville. Emily Gilbert tied the mark Aug. 31, 2003 against Wright State.
WALKER MISSES LAST YEAR
Coach Lori Walker missed the Louisville game last year while announcing the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 matches.
The Buckeyes, despite the record, are a good team and they possess the talent to be a very good team. They have played a tough schedule, including NSCAA/adidas No. 12 Duke and Top 25 team Milwaukee. They have also:
Been in all six of their games this season right to the end;
Have led late in games this season;
Are scoring goals this season.
They just don’t have a “W” to show for the hard work and effort. Soon, though...
THREE LATE-GAME Ls
Ohio State’s three losses have all come on late goals and downright disappointing goals. The team dropped a 4-3 game to now No. 24 Milwaukee despite tying the score - after trailing by two goals twice - in the 88th minute. The panthers won it on an 89th-minute PK. Game 2 was a 2-1 OT loss to Marquette after giving up the tying goal with six seconds to play. And Rutgers scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute.
BOWYER LEADS BUCKEYES
Team co-captain Ashley Bowyer has scored points in four of the team’s six games and leads the team with two goals, three assists and seven total points. She had two assists off free kicks Sunday vs. Duke.
FOUR WITH THREE
A quartet of players - Lisa Collison, Genna Brand, Paige Maxwell and Caitlyn Martin - rank second on the team with three points each.
USING THEIR HEADS = 6 POINTS
Freshmen Caitlyn Martin and Paige Maxwell recorded assists Sunday vs. Duke with headers off Ashley Bowyer free kicks. Freshmen were the recipients of Martin and Maxwell’s assists: Taylor Moront scored from about five yards out and Brooke Taylor scored from a yard away. The freshmen accounted for six points vs. Duke.
FOUR NCAAs FOR WALKER’S TEAM
Lori Walker is in her 12th-year as Ohio State head coach. She has guided the team to four NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07), four Big Ten tournament championship games and two Big Ten tournament titles (2002 and 2004). She has an Ohio State record of 119-96-20 and an overall mark, which includes two years at Kansas, of 132-119-21.
RECONFIGURED BACK LINE
Injuries to defenders - Cassie Dickerson’s knee and Kelsi Landry’s ankle - prompted coach Lori Walker to modify her back line last week. She moved Lauren Beachy to the back with steady sophomore Lauren Steuer alongside freshmen Elizabeth Sullivan and Colleen Brady.
Evansville is 5-1-1 this season and has two players with double digit points: Kayla Lambert has six goals and 14 points and Mia Tofano has five goals and 13 points.
Louisville is 2-2-1 heading into its game Friday vs. Cincinnati. Lindsay Boling’s three goals lead the team.
Ashley Bowyer has scored twice on free kicks this season...in the 88th minute vs. Milwaukee and vs. BGSU.
Lisa Collison’s break-away goal against Charlotte, with a defender draped all over her, was the 29th of her career. She’ll be just the third Buckeye to reach 30 goals with her next.
Only four players have started all six games: GK Lauren Robertson, D Lauren Steuer, D/M Lauren Beachy, M Ashley Bowyer.
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