Women's Soccer Begins Big Ten Play

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Go Buckeyes!

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.

Ohio State will try to set the national women's soccer attendance record during its match vs. Penn State Oct. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The "Break the Record" campaign aims to surpass the current national attendance mark of 6,527 set during the North Carolina at Navy contest Sept. 26, 2003. The game, which will be played at 7 p.m., will air on CSTV Monday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. In its only home game of this season vs. Kentucky, Ohio State had an attendance mark of 1,018.

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.

With the Buckeyes' win over Northeastern, Ohio State improves to an all-time record of 132-105-17 since its inception in 1993. Following its third win of the 2005 season, the Scarlet and Gray continues to lead its opponents in goals scored (10-7), shots (104-84), corner kicks (40-33) and saves (42-32).

Lisa Collison scored her team leading fifth goal vs. Northeastern Sept. 17. The score was the freshman forwards' first game-winning goal of her collegiate career. In seven games, Collison has compiled a SOG percentage of .455, which leads those who have taken twenty shots or more.

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.

Caitlin Colfer recorded Ohio State's fourth two-plus assist match this season. The Buckeyes opened their 2005 campaign with three assists vs. Kent State (Colfer, Dietrich and Arbulu). Ohio State went on to gather its second and third double assist game against Xavier (Lara Dickenmann tallied two) and Cincinnati (Melissa Miller and Emily Francis).

Three different Buckeyes have received the starting job at goalkeeper. Shannon Neely (Kent State, Xavier and Cincinnati) and Staci Sinkway (Furman, Kentucky and Harvard) have started three matches, while Courtney Cripps made her first collegiate start in the net vs. Northeastern.

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.

Head coach Lori Walker is just five games shy of eclipsing the OSU 100-win mark. Walker came to Ohio State in 1997 and in her first season at the helm, the North Carolina alum helped the Buckeyes compile a 9-9-1 mark. Since then, Walker has led Ohio State to above .500 records in five of the last seven seasons. Previously, Walker was the head coach of the Kansas JayHawks. While head of the KU program, Walker tallied a record of 13-23-0 and her career mark currently stands at 108-90-15.

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

The Buckeyes open the Big Ten slate when they face Michigan and Michigan State Friday and Sunday. In 12 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a Big Ten mark of 48-57-11. Last season's Big Ten tournament champions, Ohio State has finished the conference season above .500 five times, including a program-best 6-1-2 record in 2004. The Buckeyes dropped their lone Big Ten match to Penn State last year before defeating the Nittany Lions, 2-0, at the 2004 Big Ten Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, capturing their second league title in three years.

Ohio State is ranked in the Top 5 in two conference categories. The Buckeyes are third in saves with 42 and fifth in corner kicks with 40 in seven games.

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.

Like Ohio State, Michigan holds a 3-2-2 record and endured an early schedule that included three Top 20 programs. Michigan recently suffered a 3-0 shutout to defending national champion and No. 5 ranked Notre Dame Sept. 18 after tying then-No. 6 Texas A&M (1-1) and then-No. 23 Kansas (1-1). The Wolverines have put up multiple goal performances in their wins, including a 5-3 victory over Western 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.

Michigan's Christina Paras is a native of Dublin, Ohio, and attended the Columbus School for Girls. A freshman defender and midfielder, Paras has played in three matches.

Ohio State trails Michigan 5-9-2 in the all-time record series, but the Buckeyes are on a two-game unbeaten streak vs. the Wolverines. The Scarlet and Gray topped Michigan, 5-2, in the second round of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, and tied them 1-all Oct. 3, 2004 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

With a 4-2-2 record, Michigan State had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped after it suffered its first home loss of the season, 1-0, to Western Michigan. Prior to the loss, the Spartans recorded wins over a trio of Mid-American Conference schools in Bowling Green, Toledo and Akron. Tom Saxton, who is at the helm of Michigan State, has helped MSU out score and out shoot its opponents 8-3 and 92-81, respectively.

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.

The Buckeyes have a 6-5 edge over the Spartans, including two-consecutive wins from the last two seasons. In 2004, Ohio State took a 2-1 overtime win in East Lansing and in 2003 the Buckeyes topped the Spartans, 1-0.

Lisa Grubb and Emily Francis were named the 2005 team captains by their teammates. Grubb, who is out for the season because of an injury, was a 2004 NSCAA and SoccerBuzz.com Great Lakes Regional All-American and a All-Big Ten Second Team recipient.

Playing in the backfield, Francis has started four matches and has tallied one assist in 2005.

Seniors Lisa Grubb and Megan Stickler will not return for the 2005 season because of injury. Grubb, a native of Portage, Mich., was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her lumbar spine. Stickler, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, suffered a fibular fracture and had surgery to repair it.

Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller are on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy watch list. The honor, awarded to the top female student-athlete who represents the highest level of individual achievement in collegiate soccer, will be presented by the Missouri Athletic Club Jan. 6, 2006 in St. Louis.

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).

Regionally, the Scarlet and Gray are No. 8 in both the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz Great Lakes Regional Polls, respectively.

Ohio State dropped a close 1-0 contest to Harvard at the Harvard Invitational Sept. 15 at Ohiri Field in Cambridge, Mass.

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.

Freshman Lisa Collison scored the game-winning goal, as Ohio State topped Northeastern, 2-1, Sept. 17 at the Harvard Invitational in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard went 2-0 to claim the championship. The Buckeyes went 1-1 in the invitational after dropping a close 1-0 match to Harvard Sept. 15.

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.

Ohio State returns to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for a five-game homestand. The Buckeyes will play host to Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and will welcome Iowa at 1 p.m. Oct. 2.