Women's Soccer Begins Big Ten Action vs. No. 25 Purdue, Indiana

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 20, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (4-2-1; 0-0-0 Big Ten) opens Big Ten play when it travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on No. 25 Purdue at 5 p.m. EST Friday at Varsity Soccer Complex.

The Buckeyes remain in the Hoosier state to face Indiana at noon EST Sunday at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., to wrap up the weekend action.

In 13 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a 45-57-11 record.

Ohio State is ranked 21st in the Sept. 18 SoccerAmerica poll. The Buckeyes also received votes in the SoccerBuzz.com poll and is fourth in the SoccerBuzz.com Great Lakes regional standings.

Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Robertson was named to online publication Top Drawer Soccer and SoccerBuzz.com national team's of the week for the week of Sept. 18.

Robertson earned the honors after helping the Buckeyes record a 2-0 record in the Ohio State Tournament Sept. 15-17. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native recorded her third shutout of the season and made 11 saves in Ohio State's 1-0 upset over No. 15 California and 2-1 win against Washington.

OSU tri-captain Lisa Grubb tied former Buckeye Lisa Suttmiller in the Ohio State all-time career points category when she notched her second assist of the season Sept. 1 against San Diego. Grubb and Suttmiller (1994-97) have 83 points.

Already owning the all-time career goals record with 31 scores, Grubb needs just two more assists to pass Suttmiller in the all-time assists category. Suttmiller owns the record with 23 and Grubb came into the 2006 season with 19 to her credit.

2005 goals and points leader Lisa Collison and 2004 goals and points leader Lara Dickenmann are leading the squad with seven points a piece in 2006. Collison has three goals and an assist to her credit, while Dickenmann has tallied two goals and three assists.

Three of the four goals and points leaders from the past four seasons are on the 2006 version of Buckeye soccer. Lisa Collison (13g, 3a) was the 2005 goals and points leader. Lara Dickenmann owned the ranking in 2004 (13 g, 12a) and Lisa Grubb was a top of the categories in 2001 (12g, 5a) and 2002 (7g, 3a).

Lisa Collison tallied five points (2g, 1a) in her return to the OSU lineup vs. San Diego at the Puma Classic Sept. 1. The last time a Buckeye scored five or more points in a match was in 2004 when former midfielder Danielle Dietrich compiled six points on three goals vs. Minnesota Oct. 15 in the 4-0 shutout.

In the latest edition of the Big Ten statistics and rankings, the Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 5 in three categories. Ohio State is first in fouls, committing only 64 penalties in seven games. OSU is third in corner kicks with 52 and is tied for fourth in shutouts with three.

Individually, Lisa Collison is second in points per game (1.40) and goals per game (0.60). Lara Dickenmann is tied for third in the league in assists per game with 0.43. Defensively, goalkeeper Lauren Robertson is tied for second in shutouts with three and is third and fourth, respectively in goals-against average (0.50) and save percentage (.885).

Purdue comes into its match against the Buckeyes with a 7-1-2 overall record and 5-1-1 mark at their home facility, Varsity Soccer Complex.

In 10 matches, the Boilermakers have out scored their opponents 16-6. Purdue also holds the shot and corner kicks advantage at 210-106 and 46-31, respectively.

Boilermaker goalkeeper, Lauren Mason has played 866:26 minutes in 10 games and has yielded six goals. Mason's goals-against average is 0.62 and she has made 29 saves. With six shutouts, Mason is credited with Purdue's 7-1-2 mark.

Offensively, Parrissa Eyorokon is the Boilermakers' points leader with 12 on five goals and two assists. 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Jessica Okoroafo is tied for second on the squad with nine points (3g, 3a).

Head coach for Purdue is Robert Klatte (Baylor `89). Klatte has compiled a career mark of 145-111-21, while his program record stands at 89-66-15.

Ohio State has a 8-2-1 advantage over Purdue. Prior to last season, the Buckeyes had won four consecutive matches against the Boilermakers, including Big Ten tournament games in 2004 and 2002.

In eight games, Indiana has compiled a 3-2-3 record, including an undefeated mark at Armstrong Stadium.

The Hoosiers are out shooting and out scoring their opponents 11-6 and 153-67, respectively in 2006. Indiana also holds the corner kicks advantage, 50-32.

Leading scorer for Indiana is Carrie DeFreece with seven points on three goals and one assist. Second is Lauren Lamping with six points (1g, 4a). Receiving majority of the minutes (762:55) in the net for IU is Stacey Van Boxmeer. In eight games, Van Boxmeer has allowed six goals and owns a GAA of 0.71. Van Boxmeer has made 25 saves and is credited with the Hoosiers 3-2-3 record and two shutouts.

Mick Lyon (Evansville `89) is the head coach of Indiana. In his sixth year at IU, Lyon has tallied a 37-36-11 record. Lyon's overall mark is 144-101-29.

Ohio State trails Indiana in the all-time series 4-9-2, but was able to garner a 3-2 win last season at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to cut the deficit.

Head coach Lori Walker earned her 100th OSU win Aug. 27 when Ohio State shut out Xavier, 2-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Walker's Buckeye career record is 103-76-15 in 10 seasons and her overall career mark is 116-99-16 in 12 seasons.

True freshman Lauren Robertson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 28 following her performances vs. Kent State and Xavier. Robertson is the first OSU goalkeeper since 1998 to record two shutouts in the first two games of the season. The last Buckeye keeper to accomplish the feat was Ohio State career shutouts leader Amber Barnes (1997-2000). Barnes recorded 22 shutouts in her four-year career and opened the `98 campaign with shutout victories against Evansville (1-0) and Louisville (5-0). Prior to Barnes, only Stacey Smith (1993 and 1995) tallied consecutive shutouts in the first two games of a season.

Ali Schwach scored the first goal of her collegiate career against Xavier. A native of Mendota Heights, Minn., Schwach was the leading scorer for Saint Paul Academy in 2004 and 2005. During those same years, Schwach earned all-conference and all-state laurels, as well as team MVP honors.

vs. No. 15 California
Ohio State handed 15th-ranked California its first loss of the season Sept. 15 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Tournament got underway. The Buckeyes scored their gamewinner in the 15th minute and out shot Cal 15-10 in the match.

Ohio State's Jenna Greenwood provided the gamewinning goal with help from Lara Dickenmann, while the Buckeye defense, led by freshman goalkeeper Lauren Robertson, kept the talented Bears squad in check.

Greenwood's goal, her second of the season, was a tap-in thanks to Dickenmann, who drove into the 18-yard box and blasted a shot that Cal goalkeeper Anna Key blocked but could not contain. Greenwood was there to collect the rebound and send the ball into the back of the net while Key was still on the ground.

Robertson had six saves as the Buckeyes shut out their third opponent of the season. All three shutouts have come at home.

Dickenmann collected a game-high five shots, while Melissa Miller had four shots, all of which were on goal.

vs. Washington
Ohio State defeated Washington by a score of 2-1 Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the final game of the Ohio State Tournament. Along with the upset of No. 15 Cal, the Buckeyes went 2-0 in the event to take the tournament title. Dayton and California finished the tournament at 1-1, while Washington was 0-2.

After a scoreless first half in which Ohio State out shot Washington, 7-3, the Buckeyes quickly got on the board in the opening minutes of the second half. Junior Lara Dickenmann fired a shot at UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen who knocked it down for a save. Freshman Ali Schwach picked up the rebound and blasted it in to give OSU a 1-0 lead at 46:57.

The Buckeyes doubled their lead to 2-0 at 79:09 when sophomore Lisa Collison scored her third goal of the season. Senior defender Melissa Miller fed the ball from midfield to a streaking Collison who dribbled it toward the Husky net and blasted it in.

Washington cut the score to 2-1 at 86:32 when Melissa Beal crossed the ball to Veronica Perez who kicked it in from the left side. The Huskies continued to attack in the remaining minutes, but the Buckeye defense held strong to secure the 2-1 victory.

Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Robertson continued her solid play in net with five saves to improve to 4-2-1 this season. Rasmussen of Washington made nine saves, but picked up the loss to move to 4-4-0.

Overall, the Buckeyes had a 15-7 advantage in shots with a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Washington had eight fouls to Ohio State's five.

For their outstanding play on the weekend, Dickenmann, Miller and junior defender Keiana Mitchell were named to the all-tournament team.

Ohio State's record at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is 82-38-10 (.669) and it has six more matches at JOMS in 2006.

Emily Francis, Lisa Grubb and Melissa Miller were named 2006 team tri-captains by their teammates during the offseason.

"Our three captains carry a vast level of experience," Lori Walker, who is entering her 10th season as head coach, said. "Each has participated at the highest level in soccer and has seen the highs and lows of our program. They have a very clear and united vision for the 2006 Buckeye team, as well as understand and respect the challenges of competing for championships. They are three of our most consistent and our toughest competitors who have learned to strive for excellence in every aspect of the game while maintaining balance in their lives. They will link the coaching staff with the players and will communicate and guide others along the way. "

A native of Alliance, Ohio, Francis will serve her second-consecutive season as captain, as she was voted captain by her teammates a year ago as a junior. Francis has started 63 of a possible 65 games in her three-year career at Ohio State.

Grubb will enter her sixth year of eligibility for the Buckeyes after suffering season-ending injuries in 2003 and 2005. Currently, the OSU all-time leader in goals with 31, Grubb also was a 2005 co-captain with Francis.

Miller, who redshirted her freshman year and is entering her fifth year at Ohio State, is the only current Buckeye to start every game since 2003 (65). Miller's 65 consecutive starts is second behind former Buckeye Erica Nollen's 89. In 2005, Miller was a Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten honoree.

Ohio State returns to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 to face Wisconsin and Northwestern, respectively.

The Buckeyes and the Badgers square off at 7:30 p.m. and OSU will take on the Wildcats at 1 p.m.