Big Ten Women's Soccer Takes Center Stage This Weekend At Jesse Owens

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 21, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Ohio State faces tough competition this weekend, playing host to two Big Ten rivals. The Buckeyes will open the weekend set at 5 p.m. Friday with Purdue and then wrap up with Indiana at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.

Ohio State is coming off its fourth loss of the season. The Buckeyes were bested by the Michigan State Spartans, 2-0, in East Lansing, Mich. Sunday after starting the weekend with a 1-0 victory over in-state rival Dayton.

In case you haven't noticed, it's Welcome Week in Buckeye country. Students, it's time to make some noise, because you get in free to both home soccer matches this weekend with your student ID. So grab your friends and show your support by filling the stands.

Sunday is Parent's Day. All parents will be officially recognized in a brief ceremony prior to the Indiana match. The Ohio State women's soccer team would like to thank the parents for their love and support.

For the third straight week, Lindsay Eckles (So., Hilliard/Hilliard Davidson) leads the Big Ten conference in goals scored (8) and total points (19). She continued her scoring streak Friday by scoring the winning goal in the Buckeyes' 1-0 victory over Dayton. Her six-game streak was broken two days later when the Spartan defense shutout OSU in a 2-0 MSU victory.

With eight goals and three assists in only eight games, Eckles is well on her way toward surpassing her career record of ten goals and two assists, which she set in the 1999 season. As a freshman, Eckles led the team in scoring.

In Big Ten conference overall team statistics, Ohio State is ranked seventh in scoring with 37 points. Penn State leads the conference with 64 points. The Buckeyes currently are dominating the individual statistics. Lindsay Eckles is at the top of the scoring and goals categories with eight goals off 29 shots and three assists for 19 points. Emily Thorpe (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) is tied for third in assists with four. SCOUTING PURDUE
Coach Robert Klatte brings in a Boilermaker team that has started the 2000 campaign 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, equaling the programs best start in its short, three year exsistance. (Purdue also began last season 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten).

"Purdue is a very unified team with enthusiasm and energy," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "I think we need to stay calm and get into a rythym and we can beat them."

Leading the offense is a trio of freshmen. Jennie Moppert, Courtney Coppegdge and Annette Kent have all recorded four goals to pace Purdue. Moppert and Coppedge lead the team in total points with 10 while Kent is only one behind with nine.

Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Boldt has backstopped the defense while only allowing four goals. Boldt has recorded 38 saves and 3.5 shutouts this season and has a 0.59 goals against average which is second in the league. Junior Sharon Sadowski has played in four games, allowing four goals and saving 13 shots. Both goalkeepers have allowed a total of eight goals while the Boilermaker offense has netted 19, 16 of which have come in the second half of play.

The Buckeyes and Boilermakers have met only twice with Ohio State winning both contests and not allowing a Boilermaker goal to be scored. OSU won the last meeting, 2-0, on Sept. 26, 1999 in West Lafayette, Ind. and won 4-0 in a non-conference match in 1998 in Columbus.

The Hoosiers come into Columbus Sunday 5-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten. Eighth year coach Joe Kelley's squad started the season 5-0 and outscored its opponents 14-4. In its last two games, however, IU has been shutout while allowing three goals during the opening weekend of the Big Ten season.

"We have a long-standing battle going with Indiana," Walker said. "They have a great team that reaks havok on offense and a tough defense that our offense will have to step up against and presure for us to win."

Juniors Kelly Kram and Stacey Peterson lead the offense with three goals, three assists and nine total points each. Kram has already equaled her goal total from last season and is only two points away from her season total of a year ago (11).

Backstopping the defense is a pair of goalkeepers that have shut down opponents this year. Freshman Shaunna Daugherty has seen action in five games while senior Chrissy Heubi has played in three. Both keepers have combined for 4.0 shutouts.

Daugherty has allowed all four goals and saved 23 shots and her 0.83 goals against average is fifth best in the Big Ten.

Ohio State and Indiana have met nine times with IU leading the series 5-3-1. The Buckeyes and the Hoosiers played to a 0-0, 2OT draw in the last meeting, Sept. 24, 1999 in Bloomington, Ind.

Ohio State finished the weekend Sunday with a 2-0 loss to the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, Mich. MSU scored on a penalty kick in the first half and added and insurance goal in the second half to improve its record to 6-0-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten while OSU fell to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten.

On Friday, the Buckeyes played in one final tune-up game prior to conference play when it beat in-state rival Dayton, 1-0. Lindsay Eckles scored the lone goal for OSU. Eckles received a throw in, turned to her right and shot the ball past the Flyer goalkeeper.

OSU goalkeeper Amber Barnes (Sr., Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) has reached a milestone in Buckeye soccer history. On Sept. 3, 2000, Barnes recorded 15 saves in OSU's 2-1 victory over Florida State. Coming into the season with a career total of 295 saves, Barnes surpassed former Buckeye keeper Nicole Morris' (1994-96) record of 302 saves with 310. "We are very happy that Amber has done well enough to get the record," Walker said. "She has been a solid part of our defense and has been a great leader for our defense the past two seasons."

Barnes not only is the career saves leader, but also ranks first overall in OSU history in shutouts (21.5) and goals against average (1.33)

Ohio State's Lindsay Eckles and Emily Thorpe are taking a shot at making other records fall.

Eckles currently is fifth overall in career goals scored (17) and sixth in career total points (29) in her short OSU career. Lisa Suttmiller leads both categories with 30 goals and 83 total points for her career (1994-97).

Thorpe is tied with Jessica Celi (1995-96) and Jodie Stranges (1994-97) for fourth overall in assists with 10. Lisa Suttmiller also leads this category with 23.