Women's Soccer Returns to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for Big Ten Action

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 28, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team will open its Big Ten home schedule in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Wisconsin (4-3-2; 1-1-0 Big Ten) and will conclude the weekend against conference opponent Northwestern (5-5-0; 1-1-0 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Buckeyes' match up vs. the Badgers will be the first Scarlet and Gray game of the 2006-07 OSU athletic calendar year.

All OSU students, with a valid Buck-ID card, will receive free admission into the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin match for the first Scarlet and Gray game of the 2006-07 athletic calendar year. The first 2,000 fans will receive rally towels and there will be a pregame autograph session with Columbus Crew forward Knox Cameron. Following the game, the women's soccer team will be available for autographs.

For a complete list of women's soccer promotions, please visit the women's soccer homepage at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Lisa Grubb became the OSU all-time points leader during the Buckeyes' match against Indiana Sept. 24. Grubb, who has 84 points to her credit, surpassed former OSU letterwinner Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97). The all-time goals leader with 31 scores, Grubb is just one assist shy of tying Suttmiller in the career assists category.

The Buckeyes are unbeaten this season at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with a record of 3-0-1. Ohio State looks to maintain its unblemished home record when it opens its Big Ten slate against Wisconsin Friday and Northwestern Sunday. Overall, OSU is 82-38-10 (.669) at JOMS and has six more matches to play in 2006.

Ohio State is out scoring its opponents, 10-9, and is out shooting their adversaries, 145-105, in nine games. The Buckeyes also have the corner kicks advantage, 62-34.

In the latest Big Ten standings and statistics (Sept. 25), the Buckeyes rank in the Top 5 in four categories. Ohio State is first in least amount of fouls committed with 89 in nine matches. OSU is third in corner kicks (62), fourth in goals allowed, yielding only nine and fifth in goals-against average (0.98).

Individually, Lara Dickenmann is fourth in shots per game (4.22, 38 total) and Lisa Collison is fifth in goals per game (0.43, 3 total) third in gamewinning goals (2). Keeper Lauren Robertson's three shutouts in eight contests is good for a tie for second in the league.

In 13 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a 45-59-11 record.

Eight Buckeyes have started all nine contests this season - Carla Arbulu, Amanda Ball, Ashley Bowyer, Lara Dickenmann, Emily Francis, Lisa Grubb, Melissa Miller and Keiana Mitchell. Divided by position, that number represents three defenders, three midfielders and two forwards.

During Big Ten opening weekend, Wisconsin split its matches against then-No. 19 Illinois (L, 4-2) and Iowa (W, 1-0) for an overall record of 4-3-2.

Points leader Taylor Walsh has tallied eight points on three goals and two assists in nine matches. Kara Kabellis is second on the team with six points on two goals and two assists in eight games. Minding the net is Stefani Szczechowski. Credited with a 2-3-2 record, Szczechowski has given up 11 goals and has made 22 saves in 646:58 minutes of action and has a goals-against average of 1.53.

Dean Duerst is the head coach of Wisconsin. In 13 seasons, Duerst has compiled a record of 148-99-30 at his alma mater (1985).

Ohio State trails Wisconsin 5-7-3 in the all-time series, but has gone unbeaten in four of the last five meetings. Although the Buckeyes lost, 3-1, last year, they recorded a double overtime 0-0 tie in 2004, garnered a win in 2003 and secured two wins in 2002, including a 2-1 victory in the Big Ten tournament.

Northwestern owns a 5-5-0 overall record and is coming off a weekend split in Big Ten opening action. The Wildcats opened conference play with a 1-0 win over Iowa, but fell, 2-0, to Illinois.

The points leader for Northwestern is Shannon Schneeman. The senior midfielder has compiled 10 points on three goals and four assists in nine games. Leading the Wildcats in scoring is Jenny Dunn, who has collected four goals in 10 games. Dunn also has an assist to her credit for a total of nine points. Receiving most of the playing time for NU is Lauren Johnston. The junior goalkeeper has played 846:45 minutes and has yielded 13 goals, while making 38 stops for a goals-against average of 1.38. Johnston is credited with the Wildcats' 5-5-0 record.

Head coach for Northwestern is Stephanie Erickson. In her first season at the helm of the Wildcats, Erickson has compiled a career mark of 13-10-3 at her alma mater (1998).

Ohio State has won three of the last five meetings vs. Northwestern to take a 7-4-1 series lead. In 2004, the Buckeyes won, 2-1, and were victorious by that same margin in 2002. In 2001, the Scarlet and Gray earned a hard fought 1-0 win.

Ohio State, Northwestern and Wisconsin each have faced SEC opponent Kentucky this season and the Buckeyes and Badgers both have met California and Pepperdine in 2006.

Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Robertson was named to online publication Top Drawer Soccer and SoccerBuzz.com national team's of the week for the week of Sept. 18.

Robertson earned the honors after helping the Buckeyes record a 2-0 record in the Ohio State Tournament Sept. 15-17. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native recorded her third shutout of the season and made 11 saves in Ohio State's 1-0 upset over No. 15 California and 2-1 win against Washington.

Three of the four goals and points leaders from the past four seasons are on the 2006 roster. Lisa Collison (13g, 3a) was the 2005 goals and points leader. Lara Dickenmann owned the ranking in 2004 (13 g, 12a) and Lisa Grubb was a top of the categories in 2001 (12g, 5a) and 2002 (7g, 3a).

Lisa Collison tallied five points (2g, 1a) in her return to the OSU lineup vs. San Diego at the Puma Classic Sept. 1. The last time a Buckeye scored five or more points in a match was in 2004 when former midfielder Danielle Dietrich compiled six points on three goals vs. Minnesota Oct. 15 in the 4-0 shutout.

Head coach Lori Walker earned her 100th OSU win Aug. 27 when Ohio State shut out Xavier, 2-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Walker's Buckeye career record is 103-78-15 in 10 seasons and her overall career mark is 116-101-16 in 12 seasons.

True freshman Lauren Robertson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 28 following her performances vs. Kent State and Xavier. Robertson is the first OSU goalkeeper since 1998 to record two shutouts in the first two games of the season. The last Buckeye keeper to accomplish the feat was Ohio State career shutouts leader Amber Barnes (1997-2000). Barnes recorded 22 shutouts in her four-year career and opened the `98 campaign with shutout victories against Evansville (1-0) and Louisville (5-0).

Prior to Barnes, only Stacey Smith (1993 and 1995) tallied consecutive shutouts in the first two games of a season.

Ohio State lost, 1-0, to No. 25 Purdue (8-1-2; 1-0-0 Big Ten) Sept. 22 at Varsity Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes' Lara Dickenmann had eight shots to her credit with five coming on goal.

The lone goal scored in the game came in the first half when the Boilermakers scored off a corner kick. Shauna Stapleton was credited with the goal. The Buckeyes had a chance to capitalize off a header by Jessica Roberts, but the Purdue defense was able to make the stop for the team save. Ohio State took six shots, with one on goal, compared to Purdue's 10 in the half.

The Buckeyes added six more shots on goal, five by Dickenmann, in their attempt to score the equalizer in the second half and OSU keeper Lauren Robertson made two back-to-back saves at 70:55 and 71:42 to help keep Ohio State within one goal. Freshman Ashley Bowyer also added a shot on goal for the Buckeyes.

For the match, Ohio State had 18 shots to Purdue's 19. Corner kicks were even at six-all and Boilermaker goalkeeper Lauren Mason made six stops to Robertson's two.

Despite a score 27 seconds into the second half by midfielder Lara Dickenmann to pull the Buckeyes even at 1-all, Ohio State fell to Indiana, 2-1, on a late IU goal Sept. 24 at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.

Buckeye forward and senior tri-captain Lisa Grubb became the OSU all-time points leader, surpassing Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) with her assist on the Dickenmann score. Grubb now has 84 points and also is one assist shy of tying Suttmiller in the Ohio State all-time assists category. Suttmiller had 23 career assists and Grubb, who came into the 2006 season with 19, has collected three helpers so far.

"This is a wonderful milestone for Lisa," Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, said. "She is a tremendous competitor and she has faced a lot of adversity throughout her career. She has a lot more points left to score."

Down 1-0 at the half, Ohio State evened the score at the 45:27 mark when Dickenmann found the back of the net off a Emily Francis cross that was redirected by Grubb. Francis and Grubb were credited with the assist. However, Ali Brown, who got the Hoosiers on the board in the first half (44:25), struck again with little less than 10 minutes remaining in the match (80:34) off a free kick 25 yards out. Brown's first goal also came courtesy of a free kick.

Buckeye goalkeeper Lauren Robertson made five saves, while Hoosier keeper Stacey Van Boxmeer had three stops. For the match, Ohio State had 11 shots (four on goal) to Indiana's 14 (seven on goal). OSU registered four corner kicks compared to IU's six.

Ohio State faces Iowa and Illinois on the road for its fifth and sixth conference games of the season, respectively. The Buckeyes will meet the Hawkeyes at 7:30 p.m. EDT in Iowa City, Iowa, and will face the Fighting Illini at 1 p.m. EDT in Champaign, Ill.