Sept. 28, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - After defeating Purdue and tying Indiana the No. 21 Ohio State women's soccer team will look to continue its seven-match unbeaten streak on the road this weekend as they travel to Michigan for a pair of Big Ten matches against the Michigan State Spartans, at 4 p.m. Friday in East Lansing, Mich., and the No. 13-rated Michigan Wolverines at noon Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
LAST WEEK: OHIO STATE DOWNS PURDUE, TIES INDIANA
Ohio State extended its unbeaten streak to seven matches with a 1-0 win over Purdue Friday and a 1-1, double-overtime tie with Indiana Sunday. Both matches were played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior Heather Miller netted a game-winning penalty kick to down the Boilermakers, while junior Colleen Hoban was responsible for the OSU goal in the draw vs. Indiana. Freshman Lara Dickenmann led the Buckeyes with 11 shots on the weekend and added an assist on Hoban's tally.
OSU UNBEATEN STREAK REACHES SEVEN MATCHES
With the win and tie last weekend, Ohio State pushed its unbeaten string to seven matches. The Buckeyes have not dropped a decision since losing 2-1 in double overtime at No. 3 Washington Aug. 29. The Buckeyes only other loss is a 2-1 setback in the season opener against No. 6 Portland Aug. 27 in Seattle, Wash.
During the unbeaten stretch, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 19-3 and have registered four shutouts.
The Buckeye defense has been remarkable this season, allowing just seven goals through nine matches for a GAA of 0.73. Over the last seven games, the Buckeyes have only allowed three goals, blanking four opponents - LSU, Louisville, Wisconsin and Purdue - while holding Virginia Tech, Xavier and Indiana to just a goal each.
The Buckeyes hold a decided edge when it comes to shots this season. Currently, Ohio State has fired 186 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who have 86. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly have tripled their opponents' output with a advantage of 83-31.
In 2003, Ohio State fired 317 shots to their opponents 240. The 2002 season saw the Buckeyes attempt the second-most shots all-time in a season with 350 to their opponents' 233. In 2001, Ohio State registered 273 shots vs. 245 for their opponents.
Ohio State also touts a decided edge in corner kicks with a 52-32 advantage.
LARGE CROWd WATCHES BUCKEYES DOWN BOILERS
A crowd of 1,502 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium saw the Buckeyes defeat Purdue, 2-1, Friday. The crowd was the second-largest all-time to see a soccer game at Ohio State. On Nov. 3, 2001, Ohio State played host to North Carolina and a record 3,006 patrons filed into JOMS to see the Buckeyes drop a 3-1 decision to the eventual national champion.
Through nine matches this season, 13 different players on the OSU squad have scored at least one point, while eight Buckeyes have tallied at least one goal. Danielle Dietrich leads OSU with five goals and 13 points, with Lisa Grubb and Heather Miller follow closely behind at four goals a piece. Lara Dickenmann, Colleen Hoban and Liz Mumley each have a pair of goals on the season. A trio of Buckeyes - Dietrich, Dickenmann and Carleta Arbulu - lead OSU with three assists.
MOVIN' ON UP
Several Buckeyes have climbed up the all-time charts in the early going this season. Junior Lisa Grubb now holds sole possession of fifth place in career goals with 23 after her four so far this season. Danielle Dietrich has already established a career-best in goals this season with five and has pushed her career total to 10, which is good for ninth place all-time.
Senior Paige Harrison has two assists this season, upping her career mark to 12, which places her at No. 5 all-time as well. Grubb and Liz Mumley also continue to assend in the all-time assists category as each now has 10 for their career, which ties for sixth in Buckeye annals.
In total points, Grubb now owns 56 to take fifth all-time, while Colleen Hoban now is seventh at 46 points. Mumley also has moved into the Top 10 in scoring with 27 career points.
Grubb also sits among the OSU all-time leaders in shots with 186, which places fourth. Dietrich joins Grubb in the Top 10 with 109 for 10th place. Heather Miller is 12th all-time with 83 shots.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State enters this weekend 8-2-1 on the season with a 2-1-1 conference mark. This past weekend, the Spartans defeated Minnesota 1-0 and tied Iowa 1-1.
Michigan State is led by junior forward Emma Harris. Harris has tallied 11 points on four goals and three assists. Joining Harris are junior forward Erin Konheim and sophmore forward Jenee Witherspoon. Both have 10 points on the season.
The goalkeeper for the Spartans is senior Erin Carlson. Carlson has started in all 11 games for the Spartans and holds an 8-2-1 record with four shutouts and a 0.79 GAA.
The head coach for Michigan State is Tom Saxton. Saxton holds a 134-114-20 career record and has been the head coach of the Spartans for 13 years.
BUCKEYES - SPARTANS: ALL-TIME SERIES
The Buckeyes and Spartans are tied in the overall series at 5-5. Ohio State is 5-2 at home and 0-3 on the road against Michigan State. Last season Ohio State downed Michigan State 1-0 in Columbus.
LAST MEETING: BUCKEYES DOWN SPArtans 1-0 IN 2003
Ohio State defeated Michigan State in a tight 1-0 defensive struggle, Oct. 5, 2003. Ohio State junior midfielder Emily Gilbert headed an Erica Nollen corner kick into the Spartan net with less than eight minutes remaining in the match for the 1-0 advantage.
The teams battled through a scoreless first half, as the Buckeyes out shot the Spartans by a 9-5 margin, including two shots on goal that narrowly missed putting the Buckeyes on top.
Ohio State goalkeeper Staci Sinkway recorded her first career start as well as her first shutout as a Buckeye in the victory.
THE WORD ON THE WOLVERINES
The Michigan Wolverines are 7-2-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten this season. Last weekend, the Wolverines took two victories by defeating Iowa 4-0 on Sunday and Minnesota 1-0 in double overtime on Friday.
Leading the Wolverine attack is junior forward Therese Heaton and freshman forward Melissa Dobbyn. Through 10 games this season, Heaton has tallied 16 points on seven goals and two assists, while Dobbyn has 14 points with six goals and two assists. Joining Heaton and Dobbyn is this week's Big Ten Player of the Week, freshman forward Jamie Artsis. Artsis netted seven points in Michigan's victories over the weekend.
Goalkeeping duties belong to sophomore Megan Tuura. Tuura owns a 7-2-1 record with four shutouts and a 1.06 GAA.
Debbie Rademacher is in her 10th year as head coach for Michigan. Rademacher owns a 137-76-19 record at Michigan.
OSU-UM: ALL-TIME SERIES
Ohio State is 4-9-1 against Michigan. Ohio State is 2-3-2 in Columbus, 1-3 in Ann Arbor and 1-3 on neutral turf. The Buckeyes and Wolverines met twice last year. Ohio State tied Michigan in the first meeting,1-1, and fell 2-1 in double overtime in their second.
BUCKEYS MEET WOLVERINES TWICE IN 2003
Ohio State fought Michigan through heavy rain and a stiff wind to a 1-1 stalemate in their first meeting of 2003, on Oct. 3. The game was evenly matched throughout, as both the Buckeyes and Wolverines posted 14 shots overall, including 12 at the end of the first overtime and 10 following regulation action.
The Wolverines struck first in the 25:22 mark of the first half, as Stephanie Chavez rifled a shot from the right corner of the 18-yard box and over an extended Ohio State keeper Emily Haynam for a 1-0 advantage.
The Buckeyes, who faced a tough wind in the first half, attacked the UM goal for nine shots, including a scoring strike from forward Kathy Fulk in the 63rd minute to even the score at 1-1. The match would end in a tie.
The second contest between the two teams came in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, Nov. 6, 2003, with Michigan claiming a 2-1 win in double overtinme.
Michigan struck first as forward Katie Kramer collected a misdirected header on the left side and fired a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that landed in the right side of the Ohio State net for a 1-0 advantage. Colleen Hoban netted Ohio State's first goal as she buried an Emily Francis pass past UM goalkeeper Megan Tuura to even the score at 1-1.
Following a scoreless first extra session, Michigan tallied the deciding score as Kramer netted her second goal of the night placing a rebounded shot past Staci Sinkway ending play at 105:08.
OSU VS. THE BIG TEN
Ohio State owns a 43-56-10 record against Big Ten squads. The Buckeyes also have appeared in the Big Ten Tournament nine times and carry a 6-8 record in those contests. The Buckeyes won the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Wisconsin, ranked 30th this week, served as Ohio State's third ranked foe in nine matches this season.
Ohio State is 0-2-1 so far this season against ranked opponents. The Buckeyes dropped a pair of games to No. 3/4 Washington and No. 6 Portland to start the season.
Currently, Ohio State's schedule features seven ranked opponents and three teams in the Top 10.
HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State has dominated its opponents at home this season. The Buckeyes are outscoring there opponents 18-3 in contests at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State also improved its record to 11-1-3 at JOMS over the past two seasons with its win over Purdue and tie with Indiana over the weekend.
Over the last two years , the Buckeyes have dominated the Jesse Owens Stadium scoreboard, holding a 39-8 advantage in goals.
Ohio State is ranked as one of the top teams statistically in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State is ranked first in total shots with 186. The Buckeyes' 2.33 goals per game is ranked second in the league and their 61 total points is third best among Big Ten teams. Ohio State also is third in total assists (19) and assists per game (2.11).The Buckeyes are fifth in corner kicks with 52.
SIX BUCKEYES RANKED AMONG BIG TEN BEST
Danielle Dietrich is seventh in the Big Ten in total points (13) and points per game (1.44) as well as goals (5). Lara Dickenmann's 4.57 shots per game ranks third in the conference, while Lisa Grubb's 38 total shots ranks fourth. Grubb and Heather Miller are tied for ninth in goals with four. Both Dickenmann and Carla Arbulu are ranked eighth in the conference in assists with three.
Goalkeepers Emily Haynam and Jen Heaney are ranked seventh in total shutouts with two.
NOLLEN STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE STARTS REACHES 72
Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Sunday marked her 72nd straight start in the game against Indiana. Nollen started all 20 matches in her freshman year and has not missed a contest since.
With its 1-0 victory against Purdue on Friday, Ohio State has now played in 19 matches decided by a margin of one goal since 2001 and carries a 12-7 mark in those contests. The Buckeyes have excelled in close matches the last three seasons as OSU posted a 4-2 record in 2002 and a 6-3 ledger in 2003.
FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT
Ohio State's highest ranked recruiting class - rated in the Top 10 by many publications - is making its presence felt this season. Lara Dickenmann, rated the No. 1 field player in the country, has started five games, tallied two goals and three assists for seven points. Keiana Mitchell and Carla Arbulu have posted points as well. Arbulu has three assists while Mitchell has tallied one.
Heather Young scored OSU's first goal of the year in a 2-1 loss to No.6 Portland Aug, 27.
Lindsay Mays and Amanda Ball also have seen their share of playing time, Mays has played in four games while Ball has played in two.
MILLER NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior midfielder Heather Miller was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week Sept. 7, after tying an Ohio State record for goals in a single match with three tallies in the Buckeyes' 8-1 victory over Xavier Sept. 2 Miller is the fifth Buckeye to score three goals in a game the last was Lindsay Eckles, Sept. 8, 2000 against Missouri.
Lori Walker ASSISTS NBC IN ATHENS
Lori Walker assisted NBC in covering the 2004 Olympic Games Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Walker, who served the last three seasons as an analyst for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), provided color commentary for women's soccer, including the victorious United States gold medal match.
BUCKEYES PARTICIPATE IN KICKS FOR CANCER
The Ohio State women's soccer team participated in the eighth annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament (KABC) April 4, 2004 in Germantown, Md. The Buckeyes set a record for the largest charitable collegiate contribution received by KABC with over $13,000, smashing the previous mark of $8,000. In its eight years, the event has raised over $275,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia, Md.
Ohio State returns home next weekend with matches against Northwestern at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8 and Illinois at noon, Oct. 10.