Ohio State Women's Soccer Welcomes Illinois, Iowa in Big Ten Action

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Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 28, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (3-4-2; 0-2-0 Big Ten) will open its Big Ten home slate when it plays host to Illinois (6-2-2; 2-0-0 Big Ten) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Iowa (1-5-4; 0-0-2 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The two-match weekend will kick off a five- game homestand. The Buckeyes have competed in four-consecutive road games since their home opener vs. Kentucky Sept. 11.

Live stats via GameTracker will be available for all Ohio State home games and selected away matches at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. In addition, The Underground, OSU's student radio station, will broadcast several of the Buckeyes' home games this season. Gavin Blair and Jeff Svoboda's call can be heard live at underground.fm.

Ohio State will try to set the national collegiate women's soccer home attendance record during its match vs. Penn State Oct. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The "Break the Record" campaign aims to surpass the current national home attendance mark of 6,527 set during the North Carolina at Navy contest Sept. 26, 2003. The game, which will be played at 7 p.m., will air on CSTV Monday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. In its only home game of this season vs. Kentucky, Ohio State had an attendance mark of 1,018.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 6 are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more can purchase $2 tickets in advance by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS or by visiting ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The match also is Ohio State Alumni Night. OSU Alumni can purchase tickets for $2 with a valid Alumni Association membership card. In addition, $2 tickets are available for all fans who show their Ohio State vs. Michigan State football ticket at the gate. The football Buckeyes and Spartans meet the following day for Ohio State's homecoming.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium set an OSU women's soccer attendance record of 3,006 when the Buckeyes played host to North Carolina Nov. 3, 2001.

Ohio State, which topped the Nittany Lions, 2-0, to capture the 2004 Big Ten Tournament title at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, will play host to Penn State for the third time in four meetings between the schools since 2003.

The Illinois match-up is the Buckeyes' Scarlet and Gray game. All 36 varsity sports will feature a Scarlet and Gray game where faculty and staff of the Department of Athletics, as well as student athletes, can attend competitions for free in support of all Ohio State Athletics.

Student-athletes who bring their student-athlete ID and faculty and staff with a Go Bucks Card will be admitted to Scarlet and Gray games at no charge.

The Sunday contest vs. Iowa is parents day. OSU women's soccer will honor the parents of all 20 members of the Buckeye squad with a pregame ceremony.

A postgame autograph session will take place after all home contests.

The match vs. Illinois is Ohio State Student night. Admission is free to OSU students who have a valid BuckID.

The Iowa game will feature Family Four Pack and Buckeye Kids Club Day. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four boxes of popcorn for $26. In addition, there will be free admission to Buckeye Kids Club members. Kicks for Kids will take place following the match. Children in the eighth grade and under are invited to participate in a soccer kick following the game.

Ohio State has a 23-1-3 mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium dating back to 2003. The Buckeyes tied Kentucky, 1-1, in their lone home match of the season, bringing their winning percentage in Columbus to .667. So far, Ohio State has played 120 home contests and have compiled 76 wins and eight ties.

Ohio State has averaged a second half surge in its goals, shots and corner kicks output this season. The Buckeyes have registered two additional goals in the second half, scoring five in the first stanza and seven in the second. The Scarlet and Gray added 17 more shots in the second half (51-68) and increased their corner kicks (17-26).

Lisa Collison scored her team leading sixth goal vs. Michigan Sept. 23. In nine games, Collison leads the Buckeyes in five offensive categories. In addition to leading the squad in goals, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native heads the team in points (13), shots (29), shot percentage (.207) and shots on goal (.586).

Caitlin Colfer is a top of the assist category, having tallied three. Colfer notched a two-assist day vs. Northeastern Sept. 17, providing the open pass on Danielle Dietrich's score in the first half and assisting on Collison's gamewinner.

Caitlin Colfer recorded Ohio State's fourth two-plus assist match this season. The Buckeyes opened their 2005 campaign with three assists vs. Kent State (Colfer, Dietrich and Arbulu). Ohio State went on to gather its second and third double assist game against Xavier (Lara Dickenmann tallied two) and Cincinnati (Melissa Miller and Emily Francis).

Three different Buckeyes have received the starting job at goalkeeper. Shannon Neely (Kent State, Xavier and Cincinnati) and Staci Sinkway (Furman, Kentucky, Harvard, Michigan and Michigan State) have started five matches, while Courtney Cripps made her first collegiate start in the net vs. Northeastern.

In 135 minutes of action, Neely has tallied seven saves and has allowed two goals. Sinkway, who has compiled the most time at goalkeeper (621:39) has 39 stops and yielded nine goals. Cripps has given up one goal and has registered seven saves in 93:21 minutes.

Head coach Lori Walker is just five games shy of eclipsing the OSU 100-win mark. Walker came to Ohio State in 1997 and in her first season at the helm, the North Carolina alum helped the Buckeyes compile a 9-9-1 mark. Since then, Walker has led Ohio State to above .500 records in five of the last seven seasons. Previously, Walker was the head coach of the Kansas JayHawks. While leading the KU program, Walker tallied a record of 13-23-0 and her career mark currently stands at 108-90-15.

Lori Walker's OSU Season Records Overall Big Ten 1997 - 9-9-1 3-5-0 1998 - 13-8-1 3-5-1 1999 - 12-6-2 5-4-1 2000 - 6-13-0 1-9-0 2001 - 10-9-1 5-4-1 2002 - 10-11-1 4-5-1 2003 - 13-5-3 4-3-3 2004 - 19-4-3 6-1-3

The Buckeyes continue their Big Ten schedule when they welcome Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Iowa at 1 p.m. Sunday. In 12 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a Big Ten mark of 48-57-11. Last season's Big Ten tournament champions, Ohio State has finished the conference season above .500 five times, including a program-best 6-1-2 record in 2004.

In the Big Ten, Ohio State is fourth in goals allowed, yielding only 12 goals in nine games, for an average of 1.33 goals per game. The Buckeyes also are third in saves, compiling 56.

Individually, Lisa Collison is third in goals (6) and goals per game (0.67) and is tied for third in points (13) and points per game (1.44). Collison also is eighth in shots with 29 and seventh in shots per game with 3.22.

Lara Dickenmann is ranked 10th in shots (27) and fifth in shots per game (3.86) in the conference. In the net for the Buckeyes, Staci Sinkway is fourth in saves per game with an average of 4.88 and is seventh in the league in saves, compiling 39 in eight games.

The Big Ten boasts five programs that are ranked in the SoccerBuzz.com Top 30 Poll. Penn State leads the conference at No. 3, while Michigan (20) and Illinois (21) round out the Top 25. Wisconsin and Northwestern are No. 26 and No. 28, respectively.

Illinois comes into its match vs. the Buckeyes 6-2-2 and 2-0-0 in the Big Ten. Led by Janet Rayfield, the Fighting Illini have won four of their last five games, including a 3-2 overtime win against then-No. 16 Wisconsin and a 3-2 win over Northwestern. Illinois' two losses were courtesy of Marquette (1-0) and Indiana State (2-1).

Forward Jessica Bayne leads the Fighting Illini in goals with three and is tied for first in assists with four. A close second is forward Eva Strickland. The junior has two goals and four assists to her credit. Lindsey Carstens is in net for Illinois. Carstens has started all 10 matches and holds a GAA of .760.

Ohio State and Illinois are deadlocked at 4-4-0 in the all-time record series. Both teams have traded wins since 2002, with the Buckeyes prevailing 3-0 last season at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Iowa has a 1-5-4 mark and a 0-0-2 record in the conference. Led by Carla Baker, the Hawkeyes began the league schedule with two ties vs. Wisconsin and Northwestern.

Katelyn Quinn and Melisa Kaetterhenry are tied for first on the team in goals with two a piece. Quinn also has two assists for six points. Splitting time in the net is Erin MacIsaac and Lindsey Boldt. MacIsaac has a record of 0-1-2 with a GAA of 1.728 and Boldt owns a mark of 1-4-2 with a GAA of 1.879.

Ohio State holds a 4-3-1 match advantage over Iowa, including a record of 3-1-1 in the last five meetings. Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Hawkeyes, 4-1, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lisa Grubb and Emily Francis were named the 2005 team captains by their teammates. Grubb, who is out for the season because of an injury, was a 2004 NSCAA and SoccerBuzz.com Great Lakes Regional All-American and a All-Big Ten Second Team recipient.

Playing in the backfield, Francis has started eight matches and has tallied one assist in 2005.

Seniors Lisa Grubb and Megan Stickler will not return for the 2005 season because of injury. Grubb, a native of Portage, Mich., was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her lumbar spine. Stickler, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, suffered a fibular fracture and had surgery to repair it.

Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller are on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy watch list. The honor, awarded to the top female student-athlete who represents the highest level of individual achievement in collegiate soccer, will be presented by the Missouri Athletic Club Jan. 6, 2006 in St. Louis.

The 25-player watch list will be narrowed down to 15 semifinalists by representatives from each Division I conference in early November and three finalists will be announced in December by Division I coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Regionally, the Scarlet and Gray are No. 8 in both the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz Great Lakes Regional Polls, respectively.

Freshman Lisa Collison scored her team leading sixth goal of the season, as Ohio State dropped a 4-2 decision to Michigan Sept. 23 at Michigan Soccer Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Buckeyes got off to a fast start in the first half, scoring in the 10th minute. Lara Dickenmann, who had three shots, notched her first goal of the season when she headed the ball into the lower right corner of the net from a long free kick courtesy of Melissa Miller. It was Miller's second assist of the season. Michigan answered the early OSU score with two goals in the first half. Melissa Dobbyn, with Therese Heaton on the assist, evened the score at 1-all at the 24:07 mark, before Sarah Banco headed in a shot to give the Wolverines the 2-1 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the half (40:18).

Michigan scored two more goals in the second half, tallying four unanswered goals before Collison scored Ohio State's second goal at the 80:17 mark. The Wolverines' third score came after the ball bounced off a Buckeye defender, resulting in an OSU own goal at 54:51. Ohio State almost made it a one-goal match when Collison's header was stopped by outstretched Michigan goalkeeper Megan Tuura, who sent the ball just wide of the left post. The Wolverines ended their scoring on an unassisted Dobbyn goal at 74:40. The Buckeyes cut the lead to two after Collison, who directed all five of her shots on goal, shot the ball just over the goal line off a direct free kick 25 yards out, resulting in the 4-2 finish.

Buckeye goalkeeper Staci Sinkway received the start and played all 90 minutes. Sinkway had six stops to Tuura's five. The Wolverines out shot the Buckeyes, 23-14 and held the corner kicks advantage, 17-5.

Ohio State lost to Michigan State, 1-0, Sunday at Old College Field in East Lansing, Mich. Neither team was able to get on the board in the first half, as Ohio State and Michigan State tallied four and 10 shots in the stanza, respectively. All four Buckeye shots were on goal, but Spartan goalkeeper Nicole Galas made the stops. OSU keeper, Staci Sinkway helped keep Ohio State in the match, making five saves. The Buckeyes had two corner kicks compared to the Spartans' seven going into the break.

MSU jumped out to the 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the second half. Emma Harris scored off a pass from teammates Dana Voorheis and Jenee Witherspoon at the 46:50 mark. Ohio State, who registered three shots in the half to Michigan State's 11, was unable to answer the Spartan goal. Sinkway recorded three saves in the half and MSU had one team save.

On the day, Michigan State out shot Ohio State 21-7 and had the corner kicks advantage, 10-2. Sinkway notched eight saves, while Galas had four.

Ohio State will face a pair of schools from the state of Indiana. The Buckeyes will welcome Indiana to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and will play host to Purdue at 1 p.m. Oct. 9.