Women's Soccer Begins Big Ten Play
Sept. 21, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team will open the Big Ten conference schedule this weekend when it takes on Michigan and Michigan State.
The Buckeyes (3-2-2; 0-0-0 Big Ten) will meet the Wolverines (3-2-2; 0-0-0 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Friday at Michigan Soccer Field in Ann Arbor, Mich., before facing the Spartans (4-2-2; 0-0-0 Big Ten) at Old College Field in East Lansing.
BREAK THE RECORD
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 6 are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more can purchase $2 tickets in advance by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS or by visiting ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The match also is Ohio State Alumni Night. OSU Alumni can purchase tickets for $2 with a valid Alumni Association membership card. In addition, $2 tickets are available for all fans who show their Ohio State vs. Michigan State football ticket at the gate. The football Buckeyes and Spartans meet the following day for Ohio State's homecoming.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium set an OSU women's soccer attendance record of 3,006 when the Buckeyes played host to North Carolina Nov. 3, 2001. Ohio State, which topped the Nittany Lions, 2-0, to capture the 2004 Big Ten Tournament title at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, will play host to Penn State for the third time in four meetings between the schools since 2003.
Caitlin Colfer is a top of the assist category, having tallied three. Colfer notched a two-assist day vs. Northeastern, providing the open pass on Danielle Dietrich's score in the first half and assisting on Collison's gamewinner.
In 135 minutes of action, Neely has tallied seven saves and has allowed two goals. Sinkway, who has compiled the most time at goalkeeper (441:39) has 25 stops and yielded four goals. Cripps has given up one goal and has registered seven saves in 93:21 minutes.
EMBARKING UPON A MILESTONE
Lori Walker's OSU Season Records Overall Big Ten 1997 - 9-9-1 3-5-0 1998 - 13-8-1 3-5-1 1999 - 12-6-2 5-4-1 2000 - 6-13-0 1-9-0 2001 - 10-9-1 5-4-1 2002 - 10-11-1 4-5-1 2003 - 13-5-3 4-3-3 2004 - 19-4-3 6-1-3
BUCKEYES VS. BIG TEN
Individually, Ohio State's Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Collison are sixth and 10th, respectively, in league shots. Dickenmann is second in the conference in shots per game, while Collison is seventh. Collison holds down several Top 5 spots, as she is tied for second in goals and is ranked third in goals per game and fourth in points and points per game. With her two-assist match vs. Northeastern, Caitlin Colfer is sixth in the league in assists and assists per game. Goalkeeper Staci Sinkway is tied for seventh in saves with 25, for a seventh-place average of 4.17 saves per game. Sinkway's GAA of .91 is good enough for sixth place in the conference.
A Look at MICHIGAN
Led by Debbie Rademacher, Michigan leads its opponents 13-12 in goals and 36-35 in corner kicks. Senior captain Therese Heaton is No. 1 on the squad in goals with five and is tied for first with two assists. Keepers Madison Gates and Megan Turra both have seen action in the net for the Wolverines. Gates has a 0-1-1 mark, while Turra owns a 3-1-1 tally.
A BUCKEYE IN WOLVERINE CLOTHING
BUCKEYES VS. MICHIGAN
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
Leading Michigan State in goals is Emma Harris. In eight games, the senior forward has notched four goals and one assist for nine points. Goalkeeper Nicole Galas has started all eight games for the Spartans, recording four shutouts in each MSU win.
BUCKEYES VS. MICHIGAN STATE
2005 TEAM CAPTAINS
Playing in the backfield, Francis has started four matches and has tallied one assist in 2005.
M.A.C. HERMANN CUP WATCH LIST
The 25-player watch list will be narrowed down to 15 semifinalists by representatives from each Division I conference in early November and three finalists will be announced in December by Division I coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
A GLANCE AT THE POLLS
The first half was an evenly matched contest, as both defenses kept the opposing offenses in check. The Ohio State defense limited Harvard to just five shots and the Buckeye offense was able to tally only three. Harvard held the corner kicks advantage, registering just one more than the Buckeyes at 3-2. OSU goalkeeper Staci Sinkway and Crimson keeper Katie Shields put up one save each in the half.
Most of the second half remained scoreless with the Buckeyes, who upped their shot count to 11 in the stanza, holding the Crimson to one shot. However, Harvard's lone strike of the half found the back of the OSU net with less than eight minutes left. Crimson Allison Keeley scored at the 82:42 mark from a redirect pass from Megan Merritt, who intercepted a ball from Jamie Greenwald. Merritt and Greenwald were credited with the assist. Sinkway added another save in the half, bringing the OSU save total to two on the day before being pulled with 3:21 remaining. Freshman Courtney Cripps relieved Sinkway in the 87th minute and recorded no stops.
Ohio State and Harvard were even in corner kicks with three a piece and the Buckeyes made two saves to the Crimson's six. The Scarlet and Gray out shot Harvard 14-6, with six shots on goal.
Ohio State took an early 1-0 lead, scoring at the 18:28 mark. Danielle Dietrich notched her second goal of the season after she headed in a shot from a corner kick pass courtesy of Caitlin Colfer. The Buckeyes and Huskies were even in corner kicks with three a piece, but Ohio State trailed Northeastern, 8-4, in shots at the half. Courtney Cripps received the call in the net and registered five saves in the stanza compared to Northeastern's Mariel Wilner's zero.
The Huskies evened the score, 1-1, in the second half after Brenna Matthews scored off a corner kick at 49:54. Kristin Kowalik was credited with the assist. With the Buckeyes out shooting Northeastern 7-4 and holding the corner kicks advantage at 5-3 in the half, Ohio State avoided extra periods when Collison fired a shot into the back of the net at the 85:52 mark off a pass from Colfer.
Ohio State concluded the game with 11 shots, including three shots on goal compared to Northeastern's 12. The Buckeyes and Huskies had eight and six corners, respectively and Cripps tallied seven saves on the afternoon after Northeastern put up eight shots on goal.