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
With the string of bad luck the Buckeyes have been experiencing lately, two players have tried their best to get OSU back on track.
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
The women's team will not be the only Buckeyes to play on the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium pitch Sunday.
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.
The task to record a victory in Big Ten play will not be easy for the Buckeyes with the Hawkeyes and Illini visiting Columbus this weekend. Though the team is struggling for a victory right now, Walker still is optimistic about her teams chances. "We know we are a good team," Walker said. "We do not want to let this streak of bad luck be the identity of this team."
OSU, unfortunately, has tied a team record for most consecutive losses in a season with five. In the 1997 season, the Buckeyes began the season 2-0-1 before dropping their next five. OSU did reverse the trend by winning the next four games and finished the season 9-9-1 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten.
OSU has met Iowa and Illinois three times each during Walker's tenure as coach. Although she is not quite sure what each opponent will throw at her team with respect to lineups and strategies, she is certain how the game will be played.
"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.
Under the guidance of first-year coach Wendy Logan, the Hawkeyes (8-4 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) have started the season with a better mark than last year (7-5, 3-3 Big Ten), when they finished 13-7 and 7-3 in the Big Ten, the best record for a UI team in its four year history.
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
"Iowa is a very physical team that can score. They have a new coach and we are not really sure how they will play us."
The Buckeyes vs. The Hawkeyes
Ohio State and Iowa have met on the field three previous times with UI holding a 2-1 advantage. UI won the last contest, 2-0, Oct. 10, 1999 in Iowa City, Iowa to take the series lead.
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.
Building on the success of a 12-8-2 (3-5-2 Big Ten) record in her first season, Illinois head coach Tricia Taliafiero has assembled a team that is on its way to another good year.
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
"Ohio State and Illinois have had some very physical matches. This will be a highly emotional match-up with a good team with talent."
The Buckeyes vs The Illini
Ohio State and Illinois have squared off three times with the Illini leading 2-1. In the last meeting, UI snapped an OSU five game unbeaten streak (four wins, one tie) with a 5-2 victory on Oct. 8, 1999 in Champaign, Ill.
The two teams have combined to score 17 goals in the series with UI recording 11.
Ohio State entered last weekend hoping to win its first conference game. In order to do that, the Buckeyes had to take to the road.
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.
OSU travels to Evanston, Ill. Friday, Oct. 13 to square off against the Northwestern Wildcats at 4 p.m. EDT. The Buckeyes then will tangle with the team up north, battling Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at Ann Arbor, Mich.