Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Battles for Big Ten Win

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

September 25, 1998

COLUMBUS - Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the OSU Sports Field for today's Big Ten match between the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2-0) and the Michigan State Spartans (2-4-1).

OSU vs. MSU HISTORY
OSU and MSU are tied 2-2-0 all-time since the series began in 1993. Last season's game between OSU and MSU was cancelled. The Spartans won the first-ever meeting in Columbus 4-1 and the very next match in 1995 5-1 at East Lansing. Since then the Buckeyes are 2-0, winning 3-2 in 1995 and 2-1 in overtime two years ago. Both of the most recent contests took place in Columbus.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State has lost its last three in a row and like the Buckeyes, is 0-2 in its first two conference matches. The Spartans dropped the conference opener at Northwestern 2-1 in overtime. With four minutes left in the second sudden death period, the Wildcats punched in the game-winner , handing the purple its second loss in as many games. After scoring in the 29th minute, Wisconsin held on to a 1-0 lead for the remainder of the contest, sending the Spartans back to 0-2-0 in Big Ten play. Today marks MSU's third consecutive conference road match, a tough way to start.

MSU COACH TOM SAXTON
Tom Saxton is in his eighth season as the mentor of the Spartan soccer program. He has compiled a won-loss slate of 70-64-9 including a record of 12-5-2 in 1994 which enabled him to earn Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. Saxton played collegiate soccer at Michigan State earning three letters and was appointed team captain during his senior campaign. He graduated in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in social science.

OSU IS NO. 1 IN THE STATE
In the newly released (Sept. 24) Ohio Women's Collegiate Soccer Association rankings, Ohio State is first with 77 points. The remaining ranked schools fall in the following order: Dayton (65), Cincinnati (62), Ohio (51), Wright State (43), Bowling Green (42), Xavier (41), Toledo (30), Kent (20), Miami (19) and Youngstown (7). Ohio coaches rank the eleven school from first to worst with the best team receiving 11 points and on down to zero for the lowest.

BARNES STILL BIG TEN PERFORMER
Despite a rough Big Ten opening weekend, Amber Barnes is still ranked second for shutouts with 3.0 and fourth for save with 29 in the conference.

CATINO ADDS A SPARK, EARNS START
Freshman striker and Westerville native Brynn Catino has seen action in every match this season, giving the Buckeye attack a spark off the bench. She has converted on two of her three shots this season, scoring against Louisville and Purdue and assisting on Katie Martorella's game-winning goal against Xavier. She earned her first collegiate start at Indiana.

IF THEY WERE ALL PENALTY KICKS...
The Buckeyes have converted on both of their penalty kicks this season, which leads the Big Ten. Jennifer Plante punched the first in at Dayton and Becky Borchers buried the second against Illinois. Northwestern and Penn State are also perfect for free chances at 1-1.

THE BUCKEYES vs. THE WOLVERINES The Buckeyes will host Michigan Sunday Sept. 27, 1 p.m. at the OSU Sports Field. The teams are tied for the all-time series (3-3-0).

OSU'S PROBABLE STARTERS Keeper 1 Amber Barnes Sweeper 10 Maria Jimenez Left Back 3 Elisa Hamilton Center Back 10 Katie Martorella Right Back 24 Amanda Orr Left Flank 17 Melissa Fox Center Mid 18 Emily Thorpe Center Mid 11 Becky Borchers Right Flank 19 Katy Traeger or 12 Jennifer Plante Striker 6 Melanie Vierling Striker 9 Mia Katzel or 19 Katy Traeger

HEAD COACH LORI WALKER
The North Carolina graduate is 14-11-1 in her second season as head coach of the Buckeyes and 27-34-2 for her four-year career. She is one of the youngest Division I coaches at 27 years of age and just the second women's soccer mentor in OSU history. She led her 1997 Buckeye squad to the second highest winning percentage (.500) in school history and advanced to the conference tournament. Walker first coached at Kansas for two years before accepting the position at OSU.

GREAT LAKES REGIONAL RANKINGS

The regional rankings as of Monday, Sept. 21. 1. Notre Dame 6-1-0 2. Northwestern 6-0-1 3. Marquette 5-1-1 4. Wisconsin 3-3-0 5. Michigan 4-2-0 6. WI-Milwaukee 3-2-0 7. Indiana 5-1-0 8. Cincinnati 3-3-1 9. Minnesota 4-1-0 10. Butler 3-3-0

MATCH SEVEN AT INDIANA
Tracy Grose scored from 22 yards out nine minutes into overtime, lifting Indiana to a 2-1 overtime win. The match was a scoreless affair until the 77th minute when freshman striker Melanie Vierling ripped a shot from eight yards out toward the right post and netted her team-leading third goal as a Buckeye. With less than three minutes remaining, Carries Watts put in an indirect kick from Grose from 18 yards, pushing the game into overtime. Vierling and Borchers led the Buckeyes for shots with three apiece.

MATCH SIX VS. ILLINOIS
Illinois outshot Ohio State 24-6 in a 5-1 conference opening victory over OSU. Freshman forward Lisa Baldwin recorded a hat trick for the Fighting Illini and put up nine shots as Illinois dominated play from beginning to end. For the first time all season, Barnes gave up two goals in a period as the Fighting Illini took a 2-1 lead in the opening stanza. Baldwin gave Illinois a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, but Borchers evened the score less than a minute later when she converted on a penalty kick. The Illini went up 2-1 heading into the locker room. Illinois took control right away in the second period, scoring a pair of goals within three minutes of each other and Baldwin tightened the choke hold even more with nine minutes remaining as she sliced through the bewildered Buckeye defense with fancy footwork and notched her third goal of the evening.

MATCH FIVE VS. XAVIER
Martorella netted her second goal of the season in the 99th minute, giving Ohio State a 2-1 overtime victory over Xavier. For the first time this season, the Buckeyes had their backs to the wall as Xavier went on the board first in the 21st minute as a result of an OSU mistake. With the Musketeers pressure on high, Amanda Orr sent a ball back for Barnes to clear who swiped and got nothing but dirt giving Xavier an own goal and a 1-0 lead. The Buckeyes got even 45 seconds later when Borchers finished an Elisa Hamilton throw-in to knot the score at one apiece. Nine minutes into the first sudden death overtime period, Hamilton executed a perfect flip throw-in deep in Xavier territory that Catino headed and Martorella settled and buried into the left side of the net.

MATCH FOUR VS. PURDUE
It took just seven minutes for the team to take command as the Buckeyes defeated the Boilermakers, 4-0. OSU went on top 1-0, in the 14th minute when Martorella settled a ball in the middle of the field and banged it off the left post for a goal. Mia Katzel scored from just outside the box in the 49th minute when she hammered the ball straight at the keeper and it nicked off a Purdue into the goal. Martorella set up OSU's third goal in the 60th minute, bending a free kick around the Boilermaker wall and into the crossbar. Catino sliced through the scattered Purdue defenders and volleyed it home. In the 72nd minute, Hamilton sent a corner deep into the box that Borchers touched and Traeger rifled into the net.

MATCH THREE AT DAYTON
Plante put OSU on the board first in the 10th minute when she connected on a penalty kick. The Buckeyes went on top 2-0 in the 33rd minute when Borchers broke away from the defense and netted a goal in front of the hometown crowd. Dayton tried to climb back into the game in the second half when Ingred Zielke put in a Jenny Davin corner kick, pulling the Flyers within one with her first goal of the season. Barnes shut down the Dayton offense for the remainder of the game.

MATCH TWO AT LOUISVILLE
Vierling scored two goals, one in each half, helping the Buckeyes shutout Louisville 5-0. Vierling was part of a dominating OSU offense that outshot the Cardinals 19-9. Katzel tallied a goal and an assist on the day, while Melissa Fox and Catino also netted a goal apiece. Barnes recorded three saves and her second consecutive shutout of the year.

MATCH ONE AT EVANSVILLE
Plante came off the bench to score the game winning goal in OSU's 1-0 win at Evansville. In the 24th minute, Plante netted a stray ball that was rolling in front of the goal mouth after a corner kick, her only shot of the day. Barnes moved her career shutout mark to 4.5 while recording six saves on the day.

1 AMBER BARNES - SO, GK
This Buckeye is solid. In her second year as the starting goalie, she has recorded 3.0 shutouts on the year and kept opponents scoreless for the first 237 minutes of the 1998 season. Unfortunately, she has given up eight goals in the last three contests but looks to bear down with back-to-back homes matches. Was ranked as high as seventh in the nation for goals against average this season.

YEAR GP/GS M S GA GAA ShO 1997 19/17 1442 87 29 1.81 3.5 1998 7/7 648 29 9 1.25 3.0 TOTALS 26/24 2090 116 38 1.64 6.5

11 BECKY BORCHERS - SR, MID
Senior that is always around the action. Still averaging just over two shots per game for her career. Climbing the OSU record ladder for goals, assists, points and shots. Put up three shots at Indiana but couldn't find the goal. Netted the Buckeyes' only goal against Illinois on a penalty kick. Scored the game-tying goal against Xavier off an Elisa Hamilton throw-in. Assisted on Katy Traeger's goal against Purdue. Also took one shot against the Boilermakers. Netted the game-winning goal at Dayton, taking four shots against the Flyers. Recorded two shots at Louisville.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1995 20/16 34 4 0 8 1996 21/20 48 5 3 13 1997 18/18 48 3 5 11 1998 7/7 16 3 1 7 TOTALS 66/61 146 15 9 39

8 BRYNN CATINO - FR, STR
True freshman that is a true spark off the bench. Earned her first career start at Indiana. One of a handful of Buckeyes to play well against Illinois. Assisted on Katie Martorella's game-winning goal against Xavier. Scored on a volley against Purdue. Recorded her first collegiate goal at Louisville.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 7/1 3 2 1 5 TOTALS 7/1 3 2 1 5

17 MELISSA FOX - SO, MID
Highly touted midfielder that was a HS All-American and the Ohio Player of the Year in 1995. Has started all but one match in 1998. Took two shots in the overtime thriller against Xavier. Stroked a pair of shots against Purdue. Scored the game-winning goal at Louisville.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 19/10 13 3 0 6 1998 7/6 10 1 0 2 TOTALS 26/16 23 4 0 8

24 ELISA HAMILTON - FR, DEF
True freshman that has started every game so far this season. Tough and aggressive. Recorded two assists against Xavier on her masterful flip-throw in. Took corner kick that led to Katy Traeger's goal against Purdue. Was credited with an assist for the play. Recorded first career shot against Dayton.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 7/7 1 0 3 3 TOTALS 7/7 1 0 3 3

10 MARIA JIMENEZ - JR, DEF
Solid defender that has bided her time and earned a spot in the starting lineup. Has started every match so far in the sweeper spot. Not afraid to take command of the back line. Very fluid and smooth under pressure.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 13/0 1 0 0 0 1997 13/8 0 0 0 0 1998 7/7 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 33/15 1 0 0 0

9 MIA KATZEL - SO, STR
Forward that has a knack for finding the goal. Was the first player off the bench as a freshman and has now started four times in her sophomore campaign. Tallied one shot against Xavier. Netted her second goal of the season against Purdue when her shot ricocheted off a defender and caught the keeper off guard. Scored in the 82nd minute at Louisville and also assisted on Melanie Vierling's second goal.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 18/0 26 4 2 10 1998 7/4 5 2 1 5 TOTALS 25/4 31 6 3 15

15 KATIE MARTORELLA - JR, DEF
A mainstay in the back line for the past two years. Tough defender that manages offense as well, finding a way to rip a shot now and again that usually goes in. Netted the game-winning goal in overtime against Xavier when she settled a Brynn Catino header and buried it near post. Scored her first goal of the season (the game-winner) against Purdue when she was free in the middle of the field and found the net. Also assisted on Brynn Catino's goal on a free kick against the Boilermakers.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 21/1 9 2 1 5 1997 18/18 25 1 2 4 1998 7/7 10 2 1 5 TOTALS 46/26 44 5 4 14

16 TORI MOORE - SO, DEF
Started twice this year for the Bucks and has played in all five games. Key defensive clear on a corner kick against Purdue prevented a sure Boilermaker goal. Also recorded a shot against the Boilers.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 19/10 13 3 0 0 1998 6/3 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 25/13 14 3 0 0

7 COURTNEY NEIN - FR, MID
Yet another true freshman that has seen plenty of action and has started three times already. Assisted on Melanie Vierling's game-winning goal at Louisville.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 7/3 3 0 1 1 TOTALS 7/3 3 0 1 1

9 AMANDA ORR - SO, DEF
Four-game starter in 1998 that saw much action as a rookie. Very consistent at the back and capable of shutting down strikers (Had Xavier's Annette Gruber flustered all day).

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 15/12 2 0 0 0 1998 6/6 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 21/18 2 0 0 0

12 JENNIFER PLANTE - SR, DEF
Physical player with a wicked shot. Has the green light to shoot at will. Scored OSU's first goal at Dayton on a PK. Netted the game-winner at Evansville after knocking in a loose ball. 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1995 20/20 36 4 4 12 1996 19/18 24 2 1 5 1997 18/16 32 1 1 3 1998 7/3 4 2 0 4 TOTALS 64/57 96 9 6 24

18 EMILY THORPE - FR, MID
True freshman starter. Injured her ankle against Xavier and missed the Illinois contest, but started at Indiana. Recorded one shot against Purdue. Assisted on Mia Katzel's goal at Louisville. Three-time MVP in high school.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 6/6 4 0 1 1 TOTALS 6/6 4 0 1 1

19 KATY TRAEGER - JR, MID
Attacking midfielder that has played in every game since she set foot on campus. Put in her first goal of the year against Purdue when she finished a corner kick.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 21/0 27 1 3 5 1997 18/9 41 5 4 14 1998 7/6 5 1 0 2 TOTALS 46/15 73 7 7 21

6 MELANIE VIERLING - FR, STR True freshman that plays like a veteran. Scored OSU's lone goal at Indiana Failed to finish on a couple of decent chances against Xavier. She's young, give her time. Recorded two shots against Purdue. Scored her first collegiate goal in the 18th minute at Louisville and followed with another with four minutes to go.

YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 7/6 12 3 0 6 TOTALS 7/6 12 3 0 6

1998 STANDINGS CONFERENCE OVERALL 1. Penn State 2 0 0 1.000 7 0 0 1.000 Northwestern 2 0 0 1.000 6 0 1 .929 Wisconsin 2 0 0 1.000 3 3 0 .500 Minnesota 1 0 0 1.000 5 1 0 .833 5. Illinois 1 1 0 .500 5 2 0 .714 Indiana 1 1 0 .500 5 1 0 .833 7. Iowa 0 1 0 .000 5 1 1 .786 8. Michigan 0 2 0 .000 5 2 0 .714 Ohio State 0 2 0 .000 5 2 0 .714 Michigan State 0 2 0 .000 2 4 1 .357

Matches This Week

Monday, September 21 Minnesota - 4 at Washington State - 2

Tuesday, September 22 Cornell - 0 at Penn State - 0

Wednesday, September 23 Illinois - 2 at Eastern Illinois - 4

Friday, September 25 Indiana at Notre Dame Northwestern at Iowa Penn State at Michigan Michigan State at Ohio State Wisconsin at Minnesota

Sunday, September 27 Valparaiso at Illinois Indiana vs. Missouri Wisconsin at Iowa Michigan at Ohio State Northwestern at Minnesota Penn State at Michigan State Conference Notes

PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SEPT. 21
Mara Miller, Wisconsin, Jr., MID
Mara Miller scored the game-winning goal in the 116th minute of the Wisconsin upset over 10th ranked Michigan (1-0) in double overtime. This marked Miller's first score of the season on her first shot at goal and was the senior's first-ever game-winning goal of her career. Miller also helped lead the Badgers to their second consecutive Conerence win with a 1-0 victory over Michigan State.

1998 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 7 - Bonnie Young, Penn State, Fr., FWD Sept. 14 - Kate Walse, Iowa, So., FWD
Sept. 14 - Emily Oleksiuk, Penn State, Fr., GK

Team Statistics (as of Sept. 21)

Scoring GP Sh G A PTS GA 1. Iowa 7 158 26 28 80 5 2. Illinois 6 159 24 18 66 5 3. Minnesota 5 122 21 17 59 3 4. Northwestern 7 119 21 16 58 6 5. Penn State 6 115 17 21 55 6 6. Indiana 6 73 18 13 49 4 7. Michigan 7 97 17 12 46 10 8. Ohio State 7 75 16 10 42 9 9. Michigan St. 7 71 13 5 31 13 10. Wisconsin 6 60 6 7 19 7

Goalkeeping Sv ShO GAA CK PK-A 1. Minnesota 8 3 0.60 32 0-1 2. Indiana 20 3 0.66 27 0-0 3. Iowa 31 4 0.68 15 0-0 4. Northwestern 25 3 0.79 55 1-1 5. Illinois 31 3 0.83 36 0-0 6. Penn State 38 1 0.96 34 1-1 7. Wisconsin 19 3 1.10 39 0-1 8. Ohio State 29 3 1.25 31 2-2 9. Michigan 33 0 1.36 28 0-0 10. Michigan St. 51 0 1.74 16 0-0

Scoring By Period 1 2 OT OT TOT 1. Iowa 10 16 0 0 26 2. Illinois 9 14 1 0 24 3. Minnesota 10 11 0 0 21 Northwestern 8 11 1 1 21 5. Indiana 7 10 1 0 18 6. Michigan 10 6 1 0 17 Penn State 10 6 0 1 17 8. Ohio State 7 8 1 0 16 9. Michigan St. 6 7 0 0 13 10. Wisconsin 1 4 0 1 6

Individual Statistics (as of Sept. 14)

Goals Against Average GP M Sv SO GA GAA 9. Amber Barnes 7 648 29 3.0 9 1.25

Saves GP Min Sv GA 4. Amber Barnes 7 648 29 9

Shutouts Yr. GP SO Shared 2. Amber Barnes So. 7 3.0 0.0

 

 

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