No. 12/20 Ohio State Women's Soccer Set for Michigan-Michigan State Weekend Tilt

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Go Buckeyes!

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.


Ohio State avenged a 1-0 loss to Indiana Friday night with a 2-1 victory at Purdue Sunday. Ohio State claimed its second win over a ranked team, downing the 24th-ranked Boilermakers, extending its winning streak over Purdue to five straight.

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.

Ohio State has celebrated its 10th anniversary season in grand fashion as the Buckeyes have posted their best record through nine matches in program history at 7-1-1.

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 gained their highest rank in program history last week, claiming the No. 11 spot in the NSCAA/addidas Top 25 poll. Despite suffering a loss at Indiana, the Buckeyes stake claim to the No. 12 spot in the poll, while dropping two slots from No. 18 to No. 20 in the rankings.

The Buckeyes remained in the 16th position in the poll.

The Buckeyes have held their position in the Great Lakes regional poll, claiming the No. 2 slot, just below No. 1 Notre Dame.

The Buckeyes remain No. 2 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll also behind UND.

Ohio State has succeeded in its matches with ranked opponents so far in 2003. The Buckeyes downed then-No. 6 Virginia Sept. 5 by a 1-0 score and conquered Purdue for the fifth straight meeting by a 2-1 count last Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind.

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 Michigan Wolverines travel to Columbus holding a 3-4-3 mark, including a 2-1-1 ledger in the Big Ten. This past weekend Michigan notched victories against Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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).

In the 2002 season Ohio State and Michigan met twice splitting the season series at one game apiece.

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.

Ohio State is 4-8 all-time against the Wolverines. Michigan holds a 3-2 advantage in Columbus and a 3-1 record in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines lead the series on neutral turf two games to one.

Michigan State is carrying the success of their 2002 NCAA tournament season into the 2003 campaign with an overall record of 7-2 and a Big Ten mark of 3-1. Since loosing 2-1 to No.9 /10 West Virginia on Sept. 1 the Spartans have been victorious in five of their last six matches. This past weekend Michigan State claimed victories against Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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 year Michigan State managed to score a 3-2 victory over the Buckeyes in East Lansing.

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.

Overall, Michigan State has a 5-4 record against Ohio State. Ohio State is 4-2 at home against Michigan State and 0-3 at Michigan State.

Five separate Buckeyes have netted two goals in a match this season. The latest, Danielle Dietrich, led the Buckeyes to a 2-1 win over Purdue Sunday.

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.

After nine contests this season the Buckeyes have found themselves at or near the top of many Big Ten statistical charts. The Buckeyes are conference leaders on the offensive side in assists (30) and assists per game (3.33). On the defensive side, the Buckeyes check-in at second in goals allowed per game (0.43) and second in total corner kicks with 74.

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.

On the season, the Buckeyes hold a 24-5 advantage in goals. The 19-goal margin is easily OSU's largest through nine games in program annals. Included in the offensive dominance is an 30-7 advantage in assists.

Ohio State owns an astounding 74-28 ledger in corner kicks through nine games this season, highlighted by two consecutive matches - Iowa and Youngstown State - where the Buckeyes shutout the Hawkeyes and Penguins in the corner kick department. In the two matches, the Buckeyes held a 21-to-nill advantage.

Ohio State's goal box has been occupied by a trio of solid goalies in 2003. Juniors Jen Heaney and Emily Haynam and freshman Staci Sinkway all have seen action in at least three of the nine matches this season.

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.

The Buckeyes have recorded four shutouts in their nine matches in 2003. The Ohio State backline, featuring juniors Erica Nollen and Paige Harrison, sophomore Kristin Sawchak, and freshman Melissa Miller and Emily Francis, has allowed just five goals in 69 opponent shots, including just one shot in the win over Youngstown State.

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.

Ohio State has proven to spread its offensive production over both the first and second halves of games this season, as the Buckeye have posted an even 12 goals in the first half and 12 in the second period of games for its season total of 24.

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.

Ohio State boasts a 8-3 mark in its last 11 games played outside the friendly confines of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, dating back to a 1-0 win at Wisconsin on Oct. 18 of 2002. The streak includes four neutral matches, including the three wins at the Big Ten tournament and the first-round loss in the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State junior forward Lisa Grubb was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 1, as she recorded two goals and one assist in OSU's 4-1 season opening win over Indiana State.

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.

Ohio State's noted academic success reaches deep into head coach Lori Walker's tenure, as she has mentored 36 student-athletes to Academic All-Big Ten selections, including a program-best 11 honorees in 2002. The program also boasts 62 OSU Scholar-Athlete selections and the collegiate academic award in 2002.

The Buckeyes return to the road, as the make the trip to Illinois for a Friday evening match with the Illini. Game time is set for 8 p.m. (EDT). The Buckeyes wrap-up the road show with a Sunday afternoon tilt vs. Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Kick off is set for 1:30 p.m. (EDT)