Women's Soccer Hits The Road In Search of Wins

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 27, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Ohio State women's soccer team (4-6-0 overall, 0-3 in the Big Ten) is looking to bounce back from two tough losses last weekend. The Buckeyes lost to Indiana, 3-2, on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and lost to visiting Purdue, 1-0, Friday in a very physical match.%^$

%^$"I am pleased with the way we are playing soccer," Lori Walker, head coach for OSU said. "The results may not fall the way we would like but the team is staying focused on its long-term goals."%^$

%^$The Buckeyes' weekend road trip will see OSU travel to Madison, Wis. and Minneapolis, Minn. for what Walker referred to as "tough road games". OSU will take on the Wisconsin Badgers at 8 p.m. EDT Friday and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday.%^$

%^$All-Around Effort
%^$Walker is encouraged by many of her younger players, who have stepped up their play and contributed to the team effort. Three Buckeyes in particular have done what has been asked of them recently.%^$

%^$"Michelle Besson (So., Kettering, Ohio/The Miami Valley School) has been a tremendous utility player for us," Walker said. "I have been very pleased with her ability to play anywhere and really be a force for us.%^$

%^$"Sarah Lanham's (So., Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) speed and her ability to strike the ball will really take some pressure off Lindsay Eckles (So., Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson)," Walker said.%^$

%^$"Emily Thorpe (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) continues to be consistent for us," Walker said. "Her speed also causes problems for opponents to deal with and opens opportunities for her teammates."%^$

%^$Besson, Lanham and Thorpe have combined this season for four goals, seven assists and 15 points.%^$

%^$Scouting Wisconsin
%^$The Badgers (7-3 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) enter the weekend tied with Michigan as the top team in the Big Ten. Sixth-year coach Dean Duerst and the Badgers also are coming off two-consecutive shutout victories after blanking Michigan 1-0 Sept. 22 and Northwestern 2-0 Sept. 24.%^$

%^$"Wisconsin has always been a tough battle for us," Walker said. "They are a very talented, deep and well organized team. It will be a battle."%^$

%^$Wisconsin senior Allison Wagner has led the team thus far with her five goals, three assists and 13 total points. Her five goals rank her tied for fifth in the Big Ten and her 13 points are sixth best. Junior Natalie Roedler also has contributed to the success of the team with her five assists (second in the Big Ten) and seven total points.%^$

%^$In the net for Wisconsin is sophomore Kelly Conway. She has recorded 42 saves and allowed only nine goals this season while shutting out opponents four times.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes vs. The Badgers
%^$Ohio State and Wisconsin have met eight times with UW leading the series 2-5-1. The Buckeyes beat the Badgers 2-0 on Oct. 3, 1999 in Columbus. OSU has not won in its two previous trips to Madison, Wis. losing 1-0 in 1993 and 2-1 in 1997.%^$

%^$Scouting Minnesota
%^$The Golden Gophers entered the season under the direction of first-year coach Barbara Wickstrand and have faced some fierce competition. The Gophers opened the season with a 4-0 loss to now No. 3 Nebraska and then defeated No. 12 Kentucky 1-0. Though UM is 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten, the Gophers are looking to make the NCAA tournament for the sixth-consecutive season.%^$

%^$"Minnesota has a very deep and talented squad that started off the season doing well," Walker said. "They have struggled as of late like we have, probably due to injuries."%^$

%^$Minnesota enters the weekend after absorbing two straight shut out losses (2-0 to Illinois Sept. 17 and 4-0 to Michigan Sept. 24). Though the offense may be sputtering, senior Laurie Seidl's seven total points leads all scorers and she currently is fourth all-time in UM career total points (89).%^$

%^$Junior Alison Rackley and sophomore Meghan Jones are second on the team in offense, both recording one goal, two assists and four total points.%^$

%^$Julie Eibensteiner, UM's junior goalkeeper) is third in the Big Ten in saves with 53 while only allowing 14 goals and is sixth in shutouts with two.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes vs The Gophers
%^$Ohio State and Minnesota have met nine times with the Gophers holding a 2-6-1 advantage. In the last meeting, UM defeated OSU 2-0 Nov. 5, 1999, in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.%^$

%^$Last Week
%^$Ohio State wrapped up a weekend home-stand Sunday with a 3-2 loss to Indiana. The Hoosiers tallied two goals in the final seven minutes to erase the OSU lead and win their first conference match of the season.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes held the lead twice--once early in the first half, on a goal by Kiley Enmark (So., Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II) and again in the second half when Sarah Lanham scored the go-ahead goal--but it was not enough to overtake a hungry Boilermaker offense.%^$

%^$On Friday, Purdue scored a 1-0 victory over OSU in a very physical match. Both teams combined for 32 fouls and two yellow cards.%^$

%^$Barnes Breaks Record
%^$OSU goalkeeper Amber Barnes (Sr., Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) has reached a milestone in Buckeye soccer history. On Sept. 3, 2000, Barnes recorded 15 saves in OSU's 2-1 victory over Florida State. Coming in with a career total of 295 saves, Barnes surpassed former Buckeye keeper Nicole Morris' (1994-96) record of 302 saves with 310.%^$

%^$"We are very happy that Amber has done well enough to get the record," Walker said. "She has been a solid part of our defense and has been a great leader for the past two seasons."%^$

%^$Barnes not only is the career saves leader, but also ranks first overall in OSU history in shutouts (21.5) and goals against average (1.33). She currently has 356 career saves.%^$

%^$Buckeyes Rewriting The Records
%^$Ohio State's Lindsay Eckles and Emily Thorpe are taking a shot at making other records fall.%^$

%^$Eckles currently is fifth overall in career goals scored (17) and sixth in career total points (29) in her short OSU career. Lisa Suttmiller leads both categories with 30 goals and 83 total points for her career (1994-97).%^$

%^$Thorpe is tied with Jessica Celi (1995-96) and Jodie Stranges (1994-97) for fourth overall in assists with 10. Lisa Suttmiller also leads this category with 23.%^$

%^$Up Next
%^$Ohio State returns to Jesse Owens for two-consecutive conference matches next weekend. The Buckeyes face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 and the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first game of a double-header with the men's team at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.