Women's Soccer To Battle The Gophers

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Sept. 30, 1999

Ohio State enters its match against Minnesota (5-3-0) with an agenda to win. OSU is 1-5-1 against the Golden Gophers and looks to improve their series record. The Buckeyes came off a successful road trip last weekend, with wins over Detroit and Purdue. The battle against the Indiana Hoosiers, resulted in a tie, the third of the season.

Scouting Minnesota
The Golden Gophers starts its Big Ten doubleheader at OSU and will travel to Penn State to face the Nittany Lions on Sunday.

Minnesota captured a pair of victories last weekend shutting out Michigan State (2-0) and Northwestern (1-0). The Gophers held the Spartans without a shot for the first 34 minutes of the match. In the 83rd minute, forward Megan Johnson secured a pass from Laurie Seidl and slid the ball past the Spartan goalkeeper.

On Sept. 26, the Gophers christened their new Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium with a win over the Wildcats. Nicole Lee smacked the game-winning goal at the 50th minute in the second half.

In team statistics, Minnesota is led by Lee who carries three goals and assists for nine points. Seidl has amassed 29 shots, for two goals and eight points.

Goalkeeper Dana Larson, who hails from Delaware, Ohio, has racked up 642 minutes in the box. In eight games, she tallied 20 saves with seven goals against for a goals against average of .98.

Series History
The Golden Gophers lead the all-time series 5-1-1, winning the last five matches between the teams. In the regular season, the teams tied 1-1 in overtime, but OSU would later loose to Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Championship.

Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 1-0, at the St. Paul Campus Soccer Field. The OSU win in St. Paul would be the Gophers' first loss to the Buckeyes. Katy Traeger netted a goal in the 54th minute from a pass by Melanie Vierling. After that match, Amber Barnes recorded her fourth shutout of the season.

Last Week's Action
The Ohio State women's soccer team came off a successful road campaign, with wins over Detroit (3-2), Purdue (3-0) and a tie at Indiana (0-0).

In Detroit, the Buckeyes were the first to stike on the Titans as Emily Thorpe passed the ball to Lindsay Eckles, who slammed the shot past Detroit goalkeeper Erika Rust in the 35th minute. In the early minutes of the second half, Brynn Catino scored her first goal of the season, putting OSU ahead of Detroit, 2-0. The Titan offense gave OSU a difficult time as they scored two goals within seven minutes, forcing the game into overtime. With a scoreless single overtime, OSU senior Katie Martorella nailed the game-winning goal in the 114th minute, boosting the Buckeyes' record to 5-2-1.

OSU outshot Indiana 9-6, but could not come close to scoring. Emily Thorpe was close to scoring a goal, as she fired a shot towards IU goalkeeper Ashley Davis, which resulted in a save.

With a 3-0 score over Purdue, OSU won its first Big Ten match of the season at the Purdue Varsity Soccer Complex. Traeger struck first as she secured a pass from Shelley Besson and fired a shot into the goal in the sixth minute. Kiley Enmark scored her first goal as a Buckeye eight minutes later on a free kick. She angled the ball around the Boilermaker five-person wall for the goal. Securing the win for OSU, Katie Martorella scored the third goal of the game on a penalty kick.

Shutout No. 5 for Barnes
Junior goalkeeper Amber Barnes recorded her fourth and fifth shutout against Indiana and Purdue last weekend. Barnes is No.1 in the Big Ten for shutouts. Michigan State's Sara Klooseterman holds second place with four.

Big Ten Honors
Freshman Lindsay Eckles is tied for fourth place in the Big Ten for scoring with 13 points. In 8 games, she has logged 40 shots, six goals and one assist. Eckles is one of four freshman dominating the Big Ten.

Emily Thorpe rounds out the individual scorers in a tie for eighth place. With 26 shots, Thorpe has amassed four goals and two assists for 10 points.

What's Next
Next weekend, the Buckeyes are on a two-game road trip at Illinois and Iowa.

Illinois (8-2-0, 2-1-0) is ranked fourth in the Big Ten with six points. Last weekend, the Fighting Illini lost to Michigan 2-1 in overtime.

"We played well at times and had our share of opportunities," said Illinois head coach Tricia Taliaferro.

An eighth place Iowa holds an overall record of 5-4-0, and 1-1-2 in the Big Ten.

Iowa split its two games last weekend, defeating Valparaiso 2-0, but falling to No. 22 Michigan by the same score on Sunday. The Wolverines gave the Hawkeyes thier first shutout of the season Sunday. Iowa was held to just eight shots.