Women's Soccer Travels to Iowa, No. 10 Illinois

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Oct. 4, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team returns to the road when it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, to face Iowa and Champaign, Ill., to match up against No. 10 Illinois.

The Buckeyes (5-5-1; 1-3-0 Big Ten) and the Hawkeyes (5-6-1; 0-3-0 Big Ten) will meet at 8 p.m. EDT Friday in the Iowa Soccer Complex, while OSU and the Fighting Illini (7-4-0; 3-0-0 Big Ten) are set for 1 p.m. Sunday EDT in Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium.

NO. 1
Lisa Grubb is the Ohio State all-time leader in goals (31), assists (24) and points (86). Grubb took over the top spot in career goals in the Buckeyes' 2004 NCAA tournament match against Tennessee. After missing the 2005 season because of injury, Grubb has returned to the lineup this season and has notched five points on five assists. Grubb started the season just two points and four assists behind Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) for the all-time lead.

Lisa Collison was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 2 after her three-goal performance vs. Northwestern Oct. 1. Collison notched a hat trick against the Wildcats, becoming the first Buckeye to do so since 2004 when former midfielders Heather Miller and Danielle Dietrich recorded three goals against Xavier and Minnesota, respectively. The award by Top Drawer Soccer is the second of Collison's career. The sophomore earned the weekly honor this time last year (Oct. 3, 2005) after tallying a three-goal weekend vs. Illinois (Sept. 30) and Iowa (Oct. 2).

With her three-goal outing against Northwestern, Lisa Collison is tied for second all time for the most goals scored by a Buckeye in a game. Collison joins five former Buckeyes in the records list. Tiffany Tisdale (1994-97) owns the record with four goals against the Miami RedHawks in 1997.

More than 50 percent (.523) of Lara Dickenmann's shots have been on goal this season. Leading the team in shot attempts with 44, Dickenmann has placed 23 on target, with four finding the back of the net. Dickenmann is second on the team in goals scored with four and is tied for second in assists with three for 11 points, which also is second on the squad.

Ohio State is out scoring and out shooting its opponents, 15-14, and, 182-130, respectively. The Buckeyes also have the corner kicks advantage, 73-41.

Despite dropping its first match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season against Northwestern, Ohio State owns an impressive record of 83-39-10 (.666) in Columbus.

The Buckeyes are 4-1-1 at JOMS in 2006 and have four more matches to play.

Ohio State is third in the Big Ten Conference in home attendance with 5, 508 for an average of 918 fans in six games. For all games (11), the Buckeyes are third with 7,554 for an average of 687.

In league only home matches, the Scarlet and Gray is third in attendance with 2,130 spectators in two games for an average of 1,065. OSU is fourth in conference games (4), averaging 792 fans per contest for a total of 3,169.

In all games (11), the Buckeyes are fourth in shots with 182 and tied for fourth in assists with 16. Ohio State also is fourth in assists per game with 1.45. The Scarlet and Gray is third in corner kicks with 73 and first in the league in the least amount of fouls committed with 110.

Lisa Collison is first in the conference in points and goals per game with 1.44 and 0.67, respectively. Collison is tied for third in goals with six and tied for fifth in points with 13. Lisa Grubb is tied for first in both assists (5) and assists per game (0.45). Lara Dickenmann is tied for second in shots per game, taking four shots a match for 44 total.

In conference only games, Ohio State is first in shots (66) and assists (9) and second in assists per game (2.25). The Buckeyes are second in corner kicks with 21 and fourth in points (21).

Individually, Collison is ranked in the Top 5 in six categories. Collison is first in shots (16) and shots per game (4.00) and third in goals (3) and goals per game (0.75). The points leader for the Buckeyes, Collison also is tied for third in points (6) and tied for fifth in points per game (1.50). Dickenmann is second in the league in shots and shots per game with 15 and 3.75 attempts, respectively. Lisa Grubb is tied for second with teammate Emily Francis in assists (3) and assists per game (0.75).

In 13 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a 46-60-11 conference record.

Iowa owns a 5-6-1 overall record, including a 0-3-0 mark in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes are led in scoring by a pair of forwards in Stephanie Hyink and Kelsie Full. Both have two goals to their credit. Hyink also has four assists to bring her points total to eight, while Full has three assists for seven points. Splitting time in the net are Ali Becker and Lindsey Boldt. Becker owns a record of 1-4-0 in 580:59 minutes of action. Yielding seven goals, Becker has a goals-against average of 1.08. Boldt has played 504:59 minutes for a mark of 3-2-1. Allowing eight goals, Boldt has a GAA of 1.43.

Ron Rainey (Wilkes, 1992) is the head coach for the Hawkeyes. In his first season with Iowa, Rainey has compiled a career record of 75-58-18.

Ohio State leads Iowa 5-3-1 in all-time match ups. In the last five meetings, the Buckeyes have won three contests and tied a game.

Illinois enters its match against Ohio State with a 7-4-0 overall record and a conference mark of 3-0-0 that has included wins over three ranked teams (No. 13 Auburn, No. 12 Utah and No. 9 Penn State). The Fighting Illini are led by freshman forward Chichi Nweke, who has 13 points on five goals and three assists in 11 games. Teammate Ella Masar has 11 points to her credit on three goals and five assists. Receiving most of the time in the net is Lindsey Carstens. Playing in 875:09 minutes, Carstens has yielded 11 goals for a goals-against average of 1.13. Credited with a 6-3-0 record that includes three shutouts, Carstens has made 29 saves this season.

Head coach for Illinois is Janet Rayfield (North Carolina, 1983). Rayfield has a career record of 105-96-15, including a mark of 60-32-8 in four-plus seasons with the Fighting Illini.

Ohio State trails Illinois 4-5-0 in the all-time series, but has won three of the last five meetings.

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 tops in 2001 (12g, 5a) and 2002 (7g, 3a).

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 104-79-15 in 10 seasons and her overall career mark is 117-102-16 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 beat Wisconsin, 2-1, Sept. 29 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In the Buckeyes' conference victory, Lisa Grubb tied the OSU all-time career assists record with 23 helpers and Lara Dickenmann recorded her fourth goal of the season.

All of the scoring took place in the first half with Dickenmann getting the Buckeyes on the board first in the 20th minute. Dickenmann knocked in the ball from the 6-yard box and Grubb and defender Melissa Miller were credited with the assist. The Badgers responded at the 26:05 mark when Sheri Ferron found the back of the net to tie the game at 1-all. Less than two minutes later (27:54), the Buckeyes answered with the gamewinning goal.

After out shooting the Badgers, 8-3, in the first half, the Buckeyes had the one shot (9-8) advantage in the second stanza.

Up a goal, the Wisconsin offense started to press the Buckeye defense towards the end of the match, but the Scarlet and Gray was able to maintain its one-goal lead.

For the match, Ohio State had 17 shots, including eight on goal compared to Wisconsin's 11 shots with three on goal. Lauren Robertson recorded two saves, while Murray had six. The Buckeyes held the corner kicks advantage, 5-4.

Three consecutive goals by sophomore Lisa Collison was not enough to lift Ohio State over Northwestern, as they fell, 4-3, in double overtime Oct. 1 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Down, 2-0, in the first half, Collison scored the hat trick to give the Scarlet and Gray the 3-2 lead and became the first Buckeye to register three goals in a game since former midfielders Heather Miller and Danielle Dietrich did so in 2004. Lisa Grubb became the OSU all-time assists leader (24) off Collison's third goal.

In the first half, the Wildcats got on the board first courtesy of an own goal at the 9:15 mark. Northwestern extended its lead less than a minute later (10:04) when Kelsey Hans headed the ball in from a Jenny Dunn cross from the right side. The Buckeyes responded when Collison was fed a pass from Emily Francis and knocked the ball in from the top of the 6-yard box in the 13th minute. At the 19:43 mark, Collison received a pass from Melissa Miller and found the back of the net to tie the match at 2-all. Collison completed the hat trick in the 23rd minute when Grubb and Lauren Thomas found her up top to put the ball in the net.

For the half, Ohio State out shot Northwestern, 13-3, and held the corner kicks advantage, 4-1.

Second-half scoring did not occur until the 68th minute when the Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick after a handball foul on the Buckeyes. Prior to the penalty, OSU keeper Lauren Robertson made three crucial saves in the 6-yard box to help the Buckeyes maintain their 1-goal lead, but Shannon Schneeman was able to score the equalizer on the penalty kick to force the game into overtime.

After the first 10-minute overtime session, Alicia Herczeg scored her first goal of the season and the NU gamewinner in the second overtime after her second shot attempt, following a save from Robertson, rolled into the net.

For the match, Ohio State had 20 shots compared to Northwestern's 14. The Buckeyes had six corner kicks, while the Wildcats had three. Robertson made six saves and NU keeper Lauren Johnston had four.

The Buckeyes return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for a mid-week and nonconference game against Wright State at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Ohio State is back in conference action vs. Penn State Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in University Park, Pa.