Women's Soccer Hits Road for Matches with Michigan State and Michigan
Oct. 2, 2002
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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Women's soccer team (3-5-1, 1-1-1) continues a rugged Big Ten slate with a trip to the state of Michigan for matches with both Michigan State (7-2-0, 3-1-0) and Michigan (8-1-0, 3-1-0). The Buckeyes face the Spartans, ranked 5th in the Sept. 30 NSCAA Great Lakes regional poll, Friday at 4 p.m. and will do battle with the Wolverines, slotted in the 13th position in the lastest NSCAA national poll and 14th in the last SoccerBuzz rankings, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Michigan will mark the 5th ranked opponent OSU has faced in the early going this season.
BUCKEYES IN BIG TEN PLAY
ROAD WARRIORS OF THE BIG TEN
WALKER AT THE HELM
LAST WEEK'S ACTION
On Friday, OSU fought then-No. 19 Purdue for 110 minutes and a scoreless tie. The Buckeyes held off two furious Purdue rallies in the first overtime to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0. Buckeye senior defender and co-captian Jen Miller helped hold the Purdue attack at bay with two spectacular defensive plays in the second half. She cleared a dangerous Purdue threat in the 57th minute and blocked a Boilermaker shot near the OSU net at the 79:15 mark of the match.
OSU concluded the weekend home series with a tough 3-1 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers. Once again, Miller led the way as she scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute of play.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
Leading the way for the Spartans is junior Tiffany Laskowski and freshman Emma Harris who comprise one of the top forward tandems in the league. Laskowski is currently tied for fifth in the Big Ten ranks with five goals, while Harris joins six others with four goals for 10th place in the conference. Both currently stand tied for eighth in league scoring with 11 points.
Now in his 12th year with the Green and White, MSU head coach Jeff Saxton is the senior member among Big Ten coaches and has compiled a 109-100-17 record.
BUCKEYES VS. SPARTANS
A GLANCE AT MICHIGAN
Michigan, who has climbed as high as 8th in the national polls, is lead by the Big Ten's leading scorer Abby Crupmton. Crumpton, a senior forward from Rochester, Mich., has registered 22 points on eight goals and six assists. She is complimented by freshman forward Theresa Heaton who has tallied 12 points on four goals and four assists.
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN
Eckles, who missed parts of the 2002 season with a knee injury, now stands along with former Buckeye forward Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) at the top of the OSU career charts in shots. Eckles entered the 2002 season with 188 career shots and now looks to pass Suttmiller this Sunday in the Big Ten opener at Northwestern.
A SHOOTOUT Despite being outshot on the weekend by both Purdue and Indiana, each by a 15-12 figure, Ohio State holds the edge over its opponents in shotattempts on the season by a 123-89 margin.
Ohio State has tallied nearly twice as many shots on goal as their opponents, 66-39. The Buckeyes are averaging 13.7 shots per game compared to their counterparts at 9.9.
A TALL ORDER TO OPEN THE SEASON
The Buckeyes faired well against the nation's top programs during the 2001 season, collecting a 2-2 record that featured wins at No. 9 Connecticut and over No. 4 Penn State. In addition, OSU pushed top-ranked North Carolina last November as the Tarheels escaped Columbus with a tightly contested 2-0 victory. The Buckeyes ended their season with a 2-0 loss to Penn State in the Big Ten Tourney semi-final.
MAKING THE GRADE
A handful of career records are in jeopardy of falling in the 2002 season as senior Lindsay Eckles, who is currently tied for most shot attempts in school history, eyes the top spot for career goals as well. Eckles, a Hilliard, Ohio native, needs just four goals to take over the top spot from Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97), who finished her Buckeye career with 30 goals. In addition, Eckles is just eight points shy of overtaking second place on the all-time points list.
Sophomore Lisa Grubb will also be knocking on the door of the top spots in the record books very soon. Following just one season with OSU, Grubb is already ranked as the eighth all-time career scorer and is currently slotted in the seventh position in school history in career goals.
Jen Miller also has a shot to climb up the OSU charts in career assists. She is currently tied for fifth all-time with 10 career marks and needs seven this season to take over as second in assists in Buckeye history.