Women's Soccer Returns Home For Two Conference Matches
Oct. 5, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Ohio State women's soccer team (4-8-0 overall, 0-5 in the Big Ten) is looking to regroup this weekend and emerge with a victory as it moves into the second half of conference play this season.
On Sunday, OSU hit the crossbar twice and the side post once in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. Back on Sept. 24 when the Buckeyes hosted Indiana, OSU lost 3-2 and missed a few open net shots that could have sealed the game for OSU.
"Missing open shots and the opportunities to put teams away has been a little frustrating," Lori Walker, head coach for OSU, said. "Right now, we are in a difficult stretch and we need some consistency to get us on track."
On The (En)mark
Kiley Enmark (So., Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II) has recorded two goals in two of the last three games. Those goals equal the amount she scored a year ago in her freshman campaign.
Assisting on both goals was Jen Miller (So., Centerville, Ohio/Centerville). She has recorded five assists this season which currently ties her for fourth in the Big Ten. Miller also is tied for third in the record books for most assists in a season. Lisa Suttmiller is number one and two on the list with eight and seven, respectively.
Two For The Price Of One
Following the match with the visiting Illini (12:30 p.m.), the men's team will look to build on its recent success when it hosts the Spartans of Michigan State in a 2:30 p.m. start.
"Both teams are very physical clubs," Walker said. "It will be a very physically demanding weekend for us."
Physical play is no stranger to any of these three squads. Iowa, OSU and Illinois have committed 76, 76 and 70 fouls, respectively.
UI has a very strong offense that currently has accumulated the second most points in the Big Ten with 77. OSU has totaled 44 and is tied for eighth in the conference.Leading the offensive surge is junior Linzy Wolman, Big Ten Player of the Week for Aug. 28, and senior Kate Walse, Iowa's all-time career points, goals and assists leader. Wolman is second in the Big Ten in points (20), assists (six) and fourth in goals (7).
Walse has added eight goals (second in Big Ten), three assists and 19 points (third) to her record careers of 24-11-59.
On defense, sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hendel leads the conference with 91 saves and is ninth with 2.5 shutouts.
The Hawkeyes enter Columbus after splitting two games last week. UI beat Northwestern, 3-2, Sunday after losing to Michigan, 3-2, Friday in double-overtime.
Walker On Iowa
The Buckeyes vs. The Hawkeyes
In all three meetings, the winning team has won by shutout. OSU won its match 3-0 in the first meeting while UI won the second by the same count.
However, three of the Illini's four losses have come on the road as UI has been outscored 7-1.
But when the Buckeyes and Illini play, all of that does not matter.
On the UI attack, junior Emily Brown has led the way with her seven goals, two assists and 16 total points, which is fifth-best in the conference.
Adding to the scoring is freshman Colleen Joyce with five goals and juniors Lisa Baldwin and Lindsay Johnson with four assists.
Leading the defense is junior goalkeeper AnneMarie Hennes. She has recorded 27 saves while only allowing nine goals. Hennes also has recorded three saves which is sixth most in the conference.
With a solid defense in front of Hennes, the Illini have been involved in eight games that have been decided by two goals or less. UI is 6-2 in those contests, including a 1-0 victory Friday over Northwestern.
Walker On Illinois
The Buckeyes vs The Illini
The two teams have combined to score 17 goals in the series with UI recording 11.
On Sunday, OSU lost, 2-0, to Minnesota in a game that saw three Buckeye shots hit the goal post.
Wisconsin won, 2-1, Friday when the Badgers tallied a goal with only seven minutes remaining in the game. OSU's Kiley Enmark scored the lone Buckeye goal on an assist from Jen Miller. It was the second time in two games that the duo connected on a scoring strike.