Women's Soccer Welcomes Purdue and Indiana

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 25, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team (3-4-0, 1-0-0) commences its Big Ten home schedule as it welcomes Purdue University (6-1-0, 2-0-0), ranked 19th in both the NSCAA/adidas and SoccerBuzz national polls this week, to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Friday at 5p.m. and Indiana University (4-2-1, 1-0-1) for a Sunday afternoon match set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. The Ohio State men's team will also be in action this weekend as they play host to Wisconsin on Friday evening immediately following the conclusion of the OSU-Purdue women's match. The men will begin Sunday's action versus Akron at noon.

The Buckeyes have been an active competitor in Big Ten women's soccer since 1993 and have amassed an overall conferece record of 29-57-4 (.344). The Buckeyes concluded the Big Ten regular season in 2001 with a five-game unbeaten streak with the only blemish coming in a scoreless tie versus Wisconsin and have extended that streak to a half dozen with their 2-1 victory over Northwestern last week. During the string, OSU has also recorded victories at Illinois and Iowa and over Northwestern and Penn State at home. The Nittany Lions, at the time, had been ranked No. 4 in the nation.

Now in her sixth season as head coach, Lori Walker has amassed a 53-49-5 record (.517) with OSU, including two 12-plus win campaigns. She is 18-27-3 (.406) in Big Ten play and stands 66-72-6 (.479) overall as a collegiate coach following a two-year stint at Kansas. LAST WEEK'S ACTION
The Buckeyes claimed victory in their 2002 Big Ten opener as they topped Northwestern 2-1 in Evanston, Ill. last Sunday. With the victory, Ohio State has now won three of its last four matches and has also captured wins in each of its last four conference road contests dating back to the end of the 2001 season.

For the second consecutive match the young forward combination of sophomore Lisa Grubb and freshman Colleen Hoban opened the scoring as they connected for the game's first goal in the 20th minute.

The Buckeyes struck again in the second half on a Kiley Enmark goal in the 50th minute of the match. Enmark, a senior forward, received a spectacular assist from senior defender Jen Miller, as Miller sent a pass from nearly 40 yards out across the Northwestern net to Enmark who one-timed her shot past McCreery from 25 yards out. The score is Enmark's first of the season, while Miller notched her second assist of 2002.

Senior forward Lindsay Eckles, a Hilliard, Ohio native, set the school record for career shot attempts in OSU's 2-1 victory over Northwestern.

Eckles, who registered three shots during the match, set the mark with her initial shot of the first period. Eckles entered the game tied with former Buckeye great Lisa Sutmiller (1994-97) with 204 career strikes and has now staked claim to the top spot with a career ledger of 207.

This Friday's match will not be the first time that OSU and Purdue has seen one another in the 2002 season as both squads were participants in the Cal Invite held in Berkeley, Calif. over Memorial Day weekend. In that tournament, Purdue topped St. Mary's 1-0, but dropped a 2-0 decision to host California.

Since that loss to the Golden Bears, Purdue has reeled off five consecutive wins and have climbed the national ranks to the 19th spot.

Leading the way for the Boilermakers this season is junior forward Jennie Moppert with eight points on four goals. Purdue head coach Robert Klatte(96-83-10 .534) has witnessed his squad excel so far this season defensively as it has posted five shutouts over its last six games.

Ohio State has won four of the five previous meetings in this series, including two victories in the 2001 season. OSU topped Purdue 1-0 in West Lafayette, Ind. during the regular season and bounced the Boilermakers from Big Ten tournament play in the quaterfinal round with a 2-1 overtime win last November in East Lansing, Mich.

The Indiana Hoosiers are unbeaten in their last four contests with wins over Xavier, Southeast Missouri State and Minnesota, while their only blemish came in a scoreless tie with Wisconsin. IU is lead by senior midfielder Kara Bryan, team leader in shot attempts with 18, and junior forward Shelly Gruszka, who is first among the Hoosiers with four goals.

At the helm for IU is first-year head coach Mick Lyon. Lyon holds as impressive 111-67-19 career record in his ten years as a collegiate head coach, nine coming at the University of Evansville.

Indiana leads the overall series 7-3-1 and looks for their first win in Columbus since the 1997 season. Five of the last six meetings have been decided by one goal, with the other match resulting in a scoreless tie. In that span, the Hoosiers have outscored the Buckeyes 14-13.

Sophomore forward Lisa Grubb made quite a first impression on Buckeye fans in her initial season sporting the scarlet and gray. Grubb, a Portage, Mich. native, lead OSU in all major offensive categories netting 25 points on 10 goals and five assists, including three game-winners. Her efforts merited the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award as she finished among the top six leading scorers in the conference.

Ohio State has been very busy on the offensive end during the 2002 season as the team has out shot their opponents by a 99-59 margin for the year. The Buckeyes have more than doubled their opponents' output in shots on goal. OSU has recorded 56 shots aimed at the opponent's net, while Buckeye foes have tested the Ohio State goal on just 27 occasions.

The Buckeyes are averaging 14.1 shots per game compared to their counterparts at 8.4 and have outshot their opponents in each of their last four matches.

OSU has five nationally ranked foes in the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz preseason polls slated for the 2002 schedule. The Buckeyes dropped their first two contests to nationally-ranked California and St. Mary's (Calif.) in the season opening tournament at Berkeley, California on August 30th and September 1st. The Buckeyes fell in another close contest to 21st-ranked Marquette in the third game of the season.

The Buckeyes faired well against the nation's elite during the 2001 season, collecting a 2-2 record that featured wins at No. 9 Connecticut and over No. 4 Penn State. In addition, OSU pushed top-ranked North Carolina last November as the Tarheels escaped Columbus with a tightly contested 2-0 victory. The Buckeyes ended their season with a 2-0 loss to Penn State in the Big Ten Tourney semi-final.

The Buckeyes epitomized the term "student-athlete" in 2001 as 12 individuals on the team earned OSU Scholar-Athlete status, included were five members who acheived Academic All-Big Ten honors. Stacia Daum, current seniors Shelly Besson, Eckles, Enmark and Jen Miller were recognized by Big Ten officials for there academic efforts.

A handful of career records are in jeopardy of falling in the 2002 season as senior Lindsay Eckles eyes the top spot for career goals. Eckles needs just four goals to take over the top spot from Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97), who finished her Buckeye career with 30 goals. In addition, Eckles is just eight points shy of overtaking second place on the all-time points list.

Sophomore Lisa Grubb will also be knocking on the door of the top spots in the record books very soon. Following just one season with OSU, Grubb is already ranked as the eighth all-time career scorer and is currently slotted in the seventh position in school history in career goals.

Jen Miller also has a shot to climb up the OSU charts in career assists. She is currently tied for fourth all-time with 11 career marks and needs six this season to take over as second in assists in Buckeye history.

Ohio State continues a rugged Big Ten slate with a trip to the state of Michigan for matches with both Michigan State and Michigan. The Buckeyes and Spartans will match up at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon, while the Michigan match will commence at 2 p.m. on Sunday.