COLUMBUS, Ohio - A winner of its last six matches including five shutouts, Ohio State looks to close out the four-game homestand with a sweep when it hosts rival Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Admission is free to all.
The Buckeyes are coming off a pair of big wins at home this past weekend, defeating North Texas on Friday and Toledo on Sunday, both by 2-0 margins.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Led by second-year head coach Greg Ryan, the Wolverines have a 5-5-0 record but picked up a pair of wins last week against Oakland and Miami (Fla.). Freshman forward Holly Hein leads Michigan with three goals and Jackie Carron is tops in the Big Ten with six assists.
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan 6-12-2 as the Wolverines have won three of the past four matchups.
11 AT HOME...AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes' schedule includes five remaining matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with Big Ten action kicking off this weekend. New for 2009: admission to all Ohio State home soccer matches is free to all.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 13th-year head coach Lori Walker. Walker has guided theteam to four NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller is in his second season as associate head coach and ninth overall with the Buckeyes. The 2009 season marks the second season for assistant coach Glen Tourville.
SHUTTING THEM DOWN
Goalkeeper Lauren "Taz" Robertson picked up her second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor after shutting out North Texas and Toledo last week. She broke the Ohio State career shutout record against the Mean Green and now has 24 in her career.
The senior co-captain sits second in the Big Ten with a 0.43 goals-against average and leads the conference with seven clean sheets in 2009.
CONTINUING WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Forward Paige Maxwell, the Buckeyes' leading scorer with eight goals in 2008, already has five in 2009. The sophomore notched her second career hat trick in Ohio State's 6-0 win over Youngstown State. She is just the second Buckeye in history to record multiple hat tricks.
NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW
After getting off to a slow start in 2008 (0-4-2), the Buckeyes have done just the opposite in 2009. During its 7-1-1 start, Ohio State has been behind in fewer than 62 of 839 minutes played this season.
TAKING THEIR SHOTS
Ohio State has outshot its opponents 157-56 overall and 66-17 on goal. There also has been a huge disparity on corner kicks as the Buckeyes hold a 72-16 advantage over their opponents in that category.
The 7-1-1 mark posted by the 2009 Buckeyes is tied for the best start in program history with the 2003 team. That team finished the season with a 13-5-3 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
MOVING ON UP
After breaking into the top 25 of the NSCAA/adidas rankings last week, the Buckeyes moved up to 21st after the two wins over the weekend.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 10 years of existence. Consider:
- The home team is 69-30-9 all-time.
- Ohio State is 50-13-7 since 2003 and 25-8-3 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 6-3-2 at home in 2008.
- So far this season, Ohio State is 4-1 at home.
UP NEXT: HAPPY VALLEY
After the game against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes will travel to Penn State for a 1 p.m. matchup Sunday Oct. 4.