No. 12/20 Ohio State Women's Soccer Set for Michigan-Michigan State Weekend Tilt
Sept. 30, 2003
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 12/20 Ohio State women's soccer team (7-1-1, 1-1-1) split two matches over a weekend trip to Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes avenged its first loss of the season to the Hoosiers Friday with a 2-1 win at No. 24 Purdue Sunday.
This week, two tough Big Ten opponents invade Columbus, as the Buckeyes play host to Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Friday night and Michigan State at 2 p.m. Sunday.
LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES FALL AT
Buckeye sophomore Danielle Dietrich netted two goals in Sunday's win, while junior defender Paige Harrison notched her team-best ninth assist on Dietrich's game-winner.
BUCKEYES 7-1-1, BEST START EVER
OSU's best record over a 10-match span was recorded by the 1996 squad that collected eight wins against just two losses.
OHIO STATE RANKED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
The Buckeyes remained in the 16th position in the soccertime.com poll.
The Buckeyes remain No. 2 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll also behind UND.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
The Buckeyes boast a 4-1 record in their last five meetings with ranked teams, including a win last season vs. then-No. 24 Michigan in the semifinals of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament.
THE WORD ON THE WOLVERINES
Heading the Wolverine attack is junior forward Kate Morgan. Morgan, who leads Michigan with four goals and eight points scored the third fastest goal in Wolverine history against Wisconsin. The goal came just 57 seconds into the game.
The goalkeeper for Michigan is this week's Big Ten co-defensive player of the week recipient, freshman Megan Tuura. Tuura has tallied 690 minutes, allowed only four goals and compiled a GAA of 0.52. Against Wisconsin this past weekend, Tuura posted four saves on her way to second career shutout.
The Wolverines are led by 10th-year head coach Debbie Rademacher. Rademacher, owns a 121-70-16 record with the Wolverines. Last year Radenmacher led Michigan to a 16-7-1 mark which was capped by reaching the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament. Rademacher has guided the Michigan soccer team to six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and has coached two teams to Big Ten Championships (1999 and 1997).
LAST SEASON: UM-OSU TRADE WINS
Michigan was able to slip past the Buckeyes in the first meeting on Oct. 6 in Ann Arbor by a 1-0 count. Ohio State goalkeeper Jen Heaney played a hard fought game coming away with five saves, but a header by Andrea Kayal slipped past Heaney in the 33rd minute and gave Michigan the only goal they needed to come away with the victory. Despite the loss, Ohio State outshot Michigan 14-11.
In the second contest Ohio State defeated the Wolverines 3-2 on penalty kicks in the Big Ten tournament opening round. After playing four scoreless periods, the game was sent to decide the victor by penalty kicks. Junior Lisa Grubb scored Ohio State's game-winning shot in the fifth round and junior Emily Haynam blocked a Laura Tanchon attempt to seal the victory and send the Buckeyes to the semi-finals.
MICHIGAN VS. OHIO STATE
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans offensive attack is led by senior Tiffany Laskowski. Laskowski leads the Spartans in goals with five. In the victories over Wisconsin and Minnesota, Laskowski tallied three goals and earned the honor of Big Ten Offfensive player of the week.
On the defensive side of the field is senior Andrea Sied. Sied, has been the Spartan captain for the past three seasons. She was named an All-Big Ten honoree last season and had two game-winning goals in that same year. Sied managed to find the net against Wisconsin on a penalty kick.
Stacy Heller controls goalkeeping duties for the Spartans this year. Heller has posted a GAA of 0.84 and handled 102 saves. Against Minnesota and Wisconsin last weekend she posted 12 saves and claimed two victories.
LAST SEASON: MSU 3, OSU 2
Despite being outshot 16-8 during the game, the Spartans quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half of play.
Ohio State would make the score 2-1 early in the second period when Colleen Hoban fired a rebound shot past Stacy Heller in the 69th minute.
Michigan would answer with a Emma Harris goal in the 85th minute to seal the game. Ohio State would make it a 3-2 score when Jen Miller headed a corner kick with less than five minutes to play.
In addition to Dietrich's effort, Freshman Jackie Lafond set a career-high with two goals in the Youngstown State win.
Junior midfielder Emily Gilbert fueled Ohio State's 3-1 win over Coastal Carolina with her first two-goal performance of her career, as the Cincinnati native netted a header in both the first and second halves of last Sunday's contest. Gilbert also set a career-best in assists in one game, as she played a hand on three scores in the 4-1 triumph at Wright State.
Fellow junior Liz Mumley also established a career-high when she netted two goals in the Buckeye win over Wright State on August 31.
In the first match of the season, Ohio State junior Lisa Grubb posted two goals in Ohio State's 4-1 win over Indiana State en route to being named Big Ten offensive player of the week for Sept. 1.
The Buckeyes have a couple familiar names at the top of the individual charts for the Big Ten. Junior Paige Harrison is the conference leader in assists with seven and the leader in assists per game with 0.86.
Sophomore Colleen Hoban ranks fourth in the Big Ten in goals with five.
KEEPER BY COMMITTEE
Leading the way is Haynam who has posted 335 minutes, started seven of the nine contests played this season and posts a 0.81 GAA with 19 saves and a .864 save percentage.
Heaney, who has started two games this season, has posted three victories and has allowed zero goals and posts a stellar 0.00 GAA.
Sinkway has emerged as a talented and strong competitor in goal. Sinkway has posted 270 minutes and a GAA of 0.33. She also leads her teammates with 19 saves and a save pct. of .947.
Ohio State also enjoys a 82-47 advantage in shots on goal.
Overall, the Ohio State defense has allowed just 0.54 goals per game, as opponents have been held to no more than one goal in a single contest.
BUCKEYES PLAY FULL 90
Ohio State has posted near-identical first and second half combined figures in several other categories, as the Buckeyes have totaled 73 of their 153 shots in the first half, leaving the second half shot production at 78 attempts. In addition, Ohio State has nearly split its corner kick opportunities right down the middle, as the Buckeyes have fired 36 in the first stanza and 37 in the second period.
GRUBB SCORES BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Grubb, the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Offensive MVP, tallied her 18th and 19th career goals and ninth career assist in the victory, as she moved into sixth place in the program's career points list with 45.