No. 11/18 Women's Soccer Visits Indiana and No. 24 Purdue

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 23, 2003

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Columbus, Ohio - The No. 11/18 Ohio State women's soccer team (6-0-1, 0-0-1) solidified its finest start to a season in program history with a tie vs. Iowa in the Big Ten opener Friday and a dominating 7-0 victory over Youngstown State Sunday. This week, the Buckeyes travel to Indiana Friday and No. 24 Purdue Sunday. Friday's match against the Hoosiers is set for a 5 p.m. kickoff, while the Boilermakers and Buckeyes take the pitch at 1 p.m.

Ohio State completed the best start in program annals with a 1-1 draw Friday night versus Iowa, where a Colleen Hoban first half goal stood until the 87th minute of play before the Hawkeyes knotted the score at 1-1, sending the match to overtime. Niether team was able to muster a scoring attack in the extra sessions as the Buckeyes suffered their first blemish of the season.

Ohio State redeemed itself Sunday with a convincing 7-0 win over Youngstown State. Freshman Jackie Lafond netted two goals and assisted on one, while Hoban struck for the first goal of the match and added two assists in the Buckeyes' fourth shutout in seven contests this season.

Ohio State has celebrated its 10th anniversary season in grand fashion as the Buckeyes have yet to be defeated in seven matches this season. The last time an Ohio State team started a season unbeaten was 1998 when the Buckeyes registered a 5-0 record before falling in their sixth match to Illinois.

Ohio State has gained their highest rank in program history this week, claiming the No. 11 spot in the NSCAA/addidas Top 25 poll. In the latest poll for, the Buckeyes moved up six spots from No. 24 to No.18. The Buckeyes also climbed from 18 to 16 in the rankings.

The Buckeyes have continued their ascent in the Great Lakes regional poll, claiming the No. 2 slot, just below No. 1 Notre Dame.

The Buckeyes remain No. 2 in the NSCAA/addidas Great Lakes Regional poll also behind UND.

The Indiana Hoosiers come into Friday's match up claiming a 2-5 overall record with a 0-2 tally in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers dropped contests to Wisconsin and Minnesota over the past weekend.

The Hoosiers are led by junior midfielder Kim Grodek. Grodek, who was named to the Big Ten's All-Tournament team last season, leads the Hoosiers in shots (22) and games started (7). Grodeek also leads the Hoosiers in shots on goal, with eight.

In goal for the Hoosiers this season is senior Shaunna Daugherty. Daugherty has tallied nine saves and a goals against average of 1.03. Daugherty leads all other goalies on the Hoosiers squad in minutes with 438. Backing up Daugherty is Stacey Van Boxmeer. Boxmeer has seen a substantial amount of playing time (180 minutes) and has tallied five saves.

The head coach for Indiana is Mick Lyon. Lyon has compiled a 119-77-20 overall record including a 12-12-2 mark at Indiana. Prior to becoming head coach with the Hoosiers, Lyon was the first head coach at Evansville University. While at Evansville, Lyon won six straight Missouri Valley Conference championships from 1996-2001.

The Buckeyes and Hoosiers played to a scoreless tie through the first 26 minutes of play until IU midfielder Emily Holtz broke through the OSU zone and netted an unassisted goal from 25 yards out at the 27:51 mark of the match.

Indiana would conclude the scoring in the first stanza on a Kristen Zmijewski goal in the 37th minute of play. Zmijewski, a freshman forward for IU, notched her first goal of 2002 as she fired a shot past extended OSU keeper Jen Heaney for a 2-0 Hoosier advantage. IU would strike again in the 74th minute of play as Hoosier midfielder Kim Grodek headed a shot past new OSU keeper Emily Haynam.

OSU co-captain Jen Miller netted a penalty kick at the 86:25 mark of the match.

Ohio State is 3-8-1 overall against Indiana. Ohio State is 1-5-1 in Bloomington 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.

After dropping a 2-1 decision against Missouri on Sep. 5, 24th-ranked Purdue has reeled off five straight victories, including wins over Minnesota and Wisconsin this past weekend.

Purdue showcases a team that is ranked first in the conference in points (73), first in goals scored with 25 and second only to Ohio State in average goals per game at 3.12.

Leading the way for the Boilermakers are senior forwards Courtney Coppedge and Annette Kent. Coppedge and Kent have both netted five goals on the season. This past Sunday, Coppedge tabbed the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Big Ten foe Wisconsin.

Goal keeping duties belong to freshman Lauren Mason. Mason has tallied a scoreless streak of 534 minutes. In her first season, Mason has recorded a 6-0-1 ledger.

The head coach of Purdue is Robert Klatte. Klatte, who is in his fifth season at Purdue has posted a 54-44-7 record and holds a career mark of 110-89-3.

Last season Klatte's squad finish 14-6-2 and gained a berth in the NCAA tournament. At the conclusion of last season Klatte was named both Big Ten and NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

Last year's regular season contest between the Buckeyes and Boilermakers went the distance with the teams playing to a scoreless 0-0 tie.

Ohio State's defense led by goal keeper Jen Heaney held Purdue scoreless on 15 shots, six of which were saves by Heaney.

Ohio State caaptain Jen Miller came away with two of the most signicficant plays of the game, clearing a dangerous Purdue threat in the 57th minute and blocking a potential Purdue game-winning shot in the 76th minute.

Ohio State was able to dodge two bullets in overtime when a Lauren Sesselman shot sailed just wide of the net in the 96th minute and an Annette Kent strike struck the Ohio State crossbar with 37 seconds left in the period.

Ohio State and Purdue met again in the first round of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament, as the two combatanst needed extra sessions once again to determine a victor. The two teams played through scoreless first and second overtime stanzas before the Buckeyes prevailed via penalty kicks by a 5-4 margin. Erica Nollen netted the winning score in the seventh round of PK's.

Coming into Sunday afternoon's contest Ohio State hold a 5-1-1 record against Purdue. Which includes a 2-1-1 mark in Columbus, 2-0 tally at Purdue and one victory on neutral turf.

With seven games under their belt the Buckeyes have found themselves at or near the top of some of the Big Ten statistics charts. The Buckeyes are conference leaders on the offensive side in goals per game (3.14), assists (28) and assists per game (4.00). On the defensive side, the Buckeyes are first in goals allowed (three) and average goals allowed per game at (0.43)

The Buckeyes have a couple fimilar names at the top of the individual soccer statistic sheet for the Big Ten Conference. Junior Paige Harrison is the conference leader in assists with six and assists per game with .86 per game. Fellow junior Emily Gilbert is tied for second on the total assist list with five and tied for second on the average assists per game chart with 0.71.

Sophomore Colleen Hoban ranks second in the Big Ten in goals with five. Hoban's 0.71 average goals per game is good enough for second on the GPG list and her 1.71 points per game is good enough for the third slot on the PPG chart.

Two of the Buckeyes goaltenders - Staci Sinkway and Jen Heaney, with their goals against average of 0.00 - find themselves tied for the lead in the goals against average catergory.

Ohio State boasts a 7-2 mark in its last nine games played outside the friendly confines of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, dating back to a 1-0 win at Wisconsin on Oct. 18 of 2002. The streak includes four neutral matches, including the three wins at the Big Ten tournament and the first-round loss in the NCAA tournament.

With its four shutout wins, including a dominating 7-0 decision over Youngstown State Sunday, the Buckeyes hold a 22-3 advantage in goals. The 19-goal margin is easily OSU's largest through seven games in program annals. Included in the offensive dominance is an 28-4 advantage in assists.

Ohio State owns an astounding 63-14 ledger in corner kicks through seven games this season, highlighted by two consecutive matches - Iowa and Youngstown State - where the Buckeyes shutout the Hawkeyes and Penguins in the corner kick department. In the two matches, the Buckeyes held a 21-to-nill advantage.

The Ohio State goal box has been occupied by a quartet of Buckeyes so far in 2003, as juniors Emily Haynam and Jen Heaney and freshman Shannon Neely and Staci Sinkway all have seen action in at least one of the five matches thus far.

Heaney and Neely split action in the first contest this season, while Haynam has started four of the last five matches and has given way to Sinkway in the second half in three of the contests, as the freshman has closed out four wins.

Heaney leads the club in wins with a 3-0 record in a shade more than 193 minutes, while Haynam leads the club with 245 minutes in net and has scored two wins. Sinkway has accounted for just 180 minutes of action and has accounted for one win and team-best 15 saves, which includes five second half denials in each of the wins over Virginia and Cincinnati. Overall, the OSU netminders have accounted for four shutouts - all by way of the combined variety - as Heaney and Sinkway boast a 0.00 goals against average, while Haynam sports a 0.73 GAA.

The Buckeyes have recorded four shutouts in their seven matches in 2003. The Ohio State backline featuring juniors Erica Nollen and Paige Harrison, sophomore Kristin Sawchak, and freshman Melissa Miller and Emily Francis have allowed just 69 opponent shots, including just one shot in the win over Youngstown State.

Ohio State also enjoys a 76-36 advantage in shots on goal.

Overall, the Ohio State defense has allowed just 0.42 goals per game, as opponents have connected on just three of their 69 strikes.

Ohio State has proven to spread its offensive production over both the first and second halves of games this season, as the Buckeye have posted 10 goals in the first half and 12 in the second period of games for its season total of 22.

Ohio State has posted near-identical first and second half combined figures in several other categories, as the Buckeyes have totaled 66 of their 142 shots in the first half, leaving the second half shot production at 74 attempts. In addition, Ohio State has nearly split its corner kick opportunities right down the middle, as the Buckeyes have fired 33 of its 63 corner kicks in the second half.

Junior midfielder Emily Gilbert fueled Ohio State's 3-1 win over Coastal Carolina with her first two-goal performance of her career, as the Cincinnati native netted a header in both the first and second halves of last Sunday's contest. Gilbert also set a career-best in assists in one game, as she played a hand on three scores in the 4-1 triumph at Wright State.

Fellow junior Liz Mumley also established a career-high when she netted two goals in the Buckeye win over Wright State on August 31.

Freshman Jackie Lafond set a career-high with two goals in the Youngstown State win.

Ohio State junior forward Lisa Grubb was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 1, as she recorded two goals and one assist in OSU's 4-1 season opening win over Indiana State.

Grubb, the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Offensive MVP, tallied her 18th and 19th career goals and ninth career assist in the victory, as she moved into sixth place in the program's career points list with 45.

Ohio State's noted academic success reaches deep into head coach Lori Walker's tenure, as she has mentored 36 student-athletes to Academic All-Big Ten selections, including a program-best 11 honorees in 2002. The program also boasts 62 OSU Scholar-Athlete selections and the collegiate academic award in 2002.

The Buckeyes return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. as the Michigan Wolverines invade Friday for a 7:30 p.m. match, while the Spartans of Michigan State travel to Columbus Sunday for a 2 p.m. face-off.