Sept. 21, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - After its tie 0-0 with then-No. 16 Wisconsin Sunday, the Ohio State women's soccer team (4-2-1, 0-0-1 Big Ten) continues conference play this weekend with matches against the Purdue Boilermakers and Indiana Hoosiers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match against Purdue is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, while the game vs. Indiana takes place at 2:30 p.m., Sunday.
BOTH GAMES THIS WEEKEND TO BE BROADCAST ON STUDENT RADIO
Both games against Purdue and Indiana this weekend will be aired on the Ohio State Univerity's student radio network KBUX. Fans can access the broadcast at www.underground.fm/sports.
Live game stats also will be provided at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
LAST WEEK: OHIO STATE TIES WISCONSIN
Ohio State had its four-match winning streak snapped last Sunday with a 0-0 tie at No. 16 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., last Sunday. Ohio State handed UW its second blemish in seven matches, firing 23 shots to UW's 12 and held a 5-to-2 edge in shots on goal.
The Buckeyes fired four shots at the UW goal in the extra session, with two coming on corner kicks by senior defender Paige Harrison. On the first corner kick, Harrison found junior forward Lisa Grubb, who headed the ball high and past the cross bar. Lara Dickenmann took the second corner and struck a shot wide as the first overtime ended. Liz Mumley accounted for Ohio State's final scoring opportunity, missing a shot in the 114th minute.
OSU goalkeeper Jen Heaney notched her first shutout of the year with two saves.
Led by seniors Erica Nollen, Paige Harrison and Emily Gilbert, the Buckeye defense has been remarkable this season, allowing just six goals through seven matches for a GAA of 0.82. Over the last five games, the Buckeyes have only allowed two goals, blanking three opponents - Wisconsin, LSU and Louisville - while holding Virginia Tech and Xavier to just a goal each.
GOALKEEPERS POSTING SOLID PERFORMANCES
Buckeye goalkeepers Jen Heaney and Emily Haynam have been strong in net for the Buckeyes this season. Heaney is averaging a staggering 0.65 GAA with nine saves and a team best 3-1-1 record. She posted her first shutout of the year against Wisconsin last Sunday. Haynam has a 0.80 GAA with seven saves and a 1-1 record. Haynam also has one shutout, coming against Louisville on Sept. 4.
After seven matches this season, the Buckeyes are out-shooting their opponents by a 138-68 clip, including a 65-23 edge in shots on goal. The advantage in the shots department is a continuing trend for Ohio State as they have recorded more shots than their opponents in each of the last three seasons.
In 2003, Ohio State fired 317 shots to their opponents 240. The 2002 season saw the Buckeyes attempt the second-most shots all-time in a season with 350 to their opponents' 233. In 2001, Ohio State registered 273 shots vs. 245 for their opponents.
This season OSU has outshot its opponents in six of seven matches and has an advantage of 70 shots to 20 in three home games this season.
NOLLEN STARTS 70TH CONSECUTIVE MATCH AT WISCONSIN
Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Sunday marked her 70th straight start in the game against Wisconsin. Nollen started all 20 matches in her freshman year and has not missed a contest since.
After consecutive wins last weekend against Iowa and Minnesota the Boilermakers are 6-2 overall with a 2-0 Big Ten record.
Freshman forward Parrissa Eyorokon leads the Purdue attack with five points on two goals and one assist. Senior forward Lori Arnold is Purdue's leading shot taker with 20. Arnold also has tallied four points on two goals.
Goalkeeper duties belong to Lauren Mason. Mason has started six matches and holds a 2-1 record with a 1.00 GAA.
Purdue is led by seventh year head coach Robert Klatte. Klatte has posted a record of 68-50-5 at Purdue.
BUCKEYES - BOILERMAKERS: ALL-TIME SERIES
Ohio State leads Purdue in the all-time series by a 6-1-1 count including wins in their last two matches. The Buckeyes are 2-1-1 in Columbus, 3-0 in Purdue and has one victory on neutral turf.
LAST MEETING: BUCKEYES DOWN BOILERMAKERS 2-1 IN 2003
Ohio State downed Purdue Sept. 28, 2003, in West Lafayette, Ind. Leading the Buckeyes to victory was Danielle Dietrich who scored two goals in the first half of play.
Dietrich scored her first at the 19:36 point of play, when she received a pass from Liz Mumley from the middle of the field which she fired from the middle of the goal box to the left corner past Purdue goalie Lauren Mason.
Five minutes later Dietrich again found the back of the goal when she headed a Paige Harrison corner kick past Mason for a 2-0 advantage.
Purdue pulled within one at 35:32 when Lori Arnold slipped a shot past keeper Emily Haynam.
A LOOK AT INDIANA
Indiana enters Sunday's contest 6-1-1 on the year and in first-place in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers defeated Minnesota and Iowa last week.
The Hoosiers are led by senior midfielder Kim Grodek. Through seven matches Grodek has posted 15 points with six goals and 3 assists. Joining Grodek is sophomore defender Lauren Lamping, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this week.
The goalkeeper for the Hoosiers is junior Lauren Fabbro. Fabbro is 6-1-1 on the year with 18 saves and a 0.56 GAA.
Indiana's head coach is Mick Lyon. Lyon has been a head coach for 10 years, the last three with Indiana. Lyon holds a 123-73-21 career record with a 24-18-4 record at Indiana.
OSU-INDIANA: ALL-TIME SERIES
Indiana leads the all-time series with Ohio State with an overall record of 9-3-1. Ohio State is 1-6-1 in Bloomington, 2-3 in Columbus and 1-0 on neutral turf. The last Ohio State victory came on Nov. 7, 1998 a 3-2 win against then-No. 7 Indiana in a Big Ten tournament match.
LAST TIME VS. IU: HOOSIERS BEAT BUCKEYES IN 2003
Ohio State fell to Indiana in wet, stormy conditions by a 1-0 count in Bloomington, Ind., Sept. 26, 2003.
The teams played through a scoreless first half, as each team was slowed by the adverse conditions. Overall, the squads combined for just 13 total shots in the contest, as Indiana recorded 10 shots against three for the Buckeyes.
The scoring strike for the Hoosiers came in the 82nd minute, as Missy Vierling received a pass from Megan Pipkens and buried a shot past Buckeye keeper Staci Sinkway for the game-winner.
OSU VS. THE BIG TEN
Ohio State owns a 42-56-9 record against Big Ten squads. The Buckeyes also have appeared in the Big Ten Tournament nine times and carry a 6-8 record in those contests. The Buckeyes won the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Wisconsin, ranked 25th this week, will served as Ohio State's third ranked foe in seven matches this season.
Ohio State is 0-2-1 so far this season against ranked opponents. The Buckeyes dropped a pair of games to No. 3/4 Washington and No. 6 Portland to start the season.
Currently, Ohio State's schedule features six ranked opponents and three teams in the Top 10.
SCORING, SCORING, SCORING
Junior Danielle Dietrich continues to post career numbers in her most productive season as a Buckeye. Through Ohio State's seven games this season, Dietrich has tallied 13 points on five goals and three assists. Dietrich has scored in five of Ohio State's seven matches this season.
HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State has dominated its opponents at home this season. The Buckeyes are outscoring there opponents 16-2 in contests at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State also improved its record to 10-1-2 at JOMS over the past two seasons with its wins over LSU and Virginia Tech at the Buckeye Classic Sept. 10 and 12.
Over the last two years , the Buckeyes have dominated the Jesse Owens Stadium scoreboard, holding a 37-7 advantage in goals, while controlling the corner kick department by an astounding 126-57 ledger.
Ohio State is ranked as one of the top teams statistically in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State is ranked second in total shots with 138. The Buckeyes' 2.71 goals per game is ranked second in the league and their 55 total points is third best among Big Ten teams. Ohio State also is third in total assists (17) and assists per game (2.43).The Buckeyes are fourth in corner kicks with 45.
DIETRICH, DICKENMANN AND GRUBB RANKED AMONG BIG TEN BEST
Danielle Dietrich is seventh in the Big Ten in total points (13) and points per game (1.86) as well as goals (5). Lara Dickenmann's 4.20 shots per game ranks second in the conference, while Lisa Grubb's 28 total shots ranks fourth.
With its 1-0 victory against Louisville Sept. 4, Ohio State has now played in 18 matches decided by a margin of one goal since 2001 and carries an 11-7 mark in those contests. The Buckeyes have excelled in close matches the last three seasons as OSU posted a 4-2 record in 2002 and a 6-3 ledger in 2003.
FRESHMAN MAKING AN IMPACT
Ohio State's highest ranked recruiting class - rated in the Top 10 by many publications - is making its presence felt this season. Lara Dickenmann, rated the No. 1 field player in the country, has started five games, tallied two goals and two assists for six points. Keiana Mitchell and Carla Arbulu have posted points as well this, Arbulu has three assists while Mitchell has tallied one. Lindsay Mays and Amanda Ball also have seen their share of playing time, competing in two games for the Buckeyes.
MILLER NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior midfielder Heather Miller was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week Sept. 7, after tying an Ohio State record for goals in a single match with three tallies in the Buckeyes' 8-1 victory over Xavier Sept. 2 Miller is the fifth Buckeye to score three goals in a game the last was Lindsay Eckles, Sept. 8, 2000 against Missouri.
Lori Walker ASSISTS NBC IN ATHENS
Lori Walker assisted NBC in covering the 2004 Olympic Games Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Walker, who served the last three seasons as an analyst for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), provided color commentary for women's soccer, including the victorious United States gold medal match.
BUCKEYES PARTICIPATE IN KICKS FOR CANCER
The Ohio State women's soccer team participated in the eighth annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament (KABC) April 4, 2004 in Germantown, Md. The Buckeyes set a record for the largest charitable collegiate contribution received by KABC with over $13,000, smashing the previous mark of $8,000. In its eight years, the event has raised over $275,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia, Md.
Ohio State takes to the road next weekend for matches against Big Ten rivals Michigan State and Michigan. Ohio State will meet Michigan State at 4 p.m., Oct.1 and Michigan at noon, Oct 3.