- The Ohio State women's soccer team travels to Iowa for an 8 p.m. ET match Friday against the Hawkeyes before taking on Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday in Evanston.
The Buckeyes topped Penn State 1-0 in overtime last Sunday on a goal in the 96th minute by junior forward Paige Maxwell. It was the second-consecutive game Maxwell recorded a game-winner and the fourth shutout by freshman goalkeeper Rachel Middleman.
- The Buckeyes took 40 shots in the win over Cleveland State. It is the most shots in a game for the Buckeyes going back through the 2003 season and 10 short of the program record of 50 set in a 14-0 win over Robert Morris in 1995. The 40 shots also mark the most by any Big Ten team in a game this season.
- The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 20-4 since the 2-1 season-opening loss against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- Ohio State has outshot its 2010 opponents 193-82 including 81-34 on goal.
- Ohio State has outshot its opponent in every game this season, with the lone exception being a 1-0 loss to No. 19 Arizona State.
- Fifteen Buckeyes have recorded a point in 2010. Only the 2004 (19) and 2009 (18) teams ever have had more players contribute offensively.
BUCKS IN THE BIG TEN
- As a team, Ohio State ranks in the top three in the Big Ten in assists per game (2.27, 2nd), goals-against average (0.53, 3rd) and corner kicks (70, 3rd).
- The Buckeyes also rank third in the Big Ten in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 1.36 goals.
- Four Buckeyes rank in the top 10 in the conference in assists: Lauren Steuer and Tiffany Cameron (4, t-2nd) and Liz Sullivan and Courtney Jenkins (3, t-10th).
- Rachel Middleman ranks second in the conference with a 0.33 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage. Those numbers rank the freshman ninth and 15th nationally, respectively.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Led by fifth-year head coach Ron Rainey, the Hawkeyes are off to a 7-3-2 start this season, 0-1-1 in Big Ten play. Freshman forward/midfielder Leah DeMoss leads Iowa with five goals and ranks second on the team with three assists. Junior goalkeeper Emily Moran has recorded six shutouts and a 0.65 goals-against average for the Hawkeyes.
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Iowa, 8-4-1, including a 3-2 win in Columbus last season.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Stephanie Foster, Northwestern is 5-4-3 overall and 1-1-1 in Big Ten play. The Wildcats upset No. 3 UCLA and suffered one-goal defeats at No. 12 BYU and at home against No. 7 Notre Dame. Freshman forward Kate Allen leads Northwestern offensively with five goals while freshman midfielder Julie Sierks leads the Wildcats with three assists.
The Buckeyes hold a 9-6-1 advantage in the all-time series with Northwestern after defeating the Wildcats, 1-0, last season on a goal by Lauren Granberg in the 90th minute.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked 18th in this week's rankings by Soccer America and 23rd by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The Buckeyes are receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and SoccerTimes.com polls. Ohio State is ranked fourth in the NSCAA Great Lakes region rankings.
DOING IT ALL OVER AGAIN
The Buckeyes' 8-2-1 start matches the start of the 2009. The 2009 Buckeyes went on to finish 14-4-2, tying for the fewest losses in school history, and reached the NCAA tournament.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 14th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to five NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller is in his third season as associate head coach and 10th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2010 season marks the third season for assistant coach Glen Tourville and the first for student assistant coach Lauren Robertson.
BUCKEYES IN THE RPI
In the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings published by the NCAA Oct. 5, Ohio State sits 19th nationally and second in the Big Ten behind 11th-ranked Minnesota and ahead of 24th-ranked Wisconsin. The RPI will be released every Tuesday for the remainder of the regular season.
MAXWELL EARNS POW HONOR
Junior forward Paige Maxwell was named Big Ten offensive player of the week Sept. 27 after scoring the game-winner in the 85th minute of the Buckeyes' 2-0 win over Michigan Sept. 26.
MARTIN BIG TEN OFFENSIVE POW
Junior forward Caitlyn Martin was named Big Ten offensive player of the week Sept. 13 after scoring both Ohio State goals in a 2-0 win over Cleveland State Sept. 8.
MIDDLEMAN NAMED TOP FRESHMAN
Goalkeeper Rachel Middleman was named Big Ten freshman of the week Sept. 6 after 165 scoreless minutes in goal in a pair of shutout victories over Dayton and Akron.
GRANBERG NAMED BIG TEN POW
Sophomore Lauren Granberg was named Big Ten offensive player of the week Aug. 30 after her two-goal effort against West Virginia. She scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals just over a minute apart against the Mountaineers. The Edmonton, Alberta native also was named a collegesoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week for her efforts.
A CANADIAN INFLUENCE
The three Canadians on the Ohio State roster have played a huge role in the Buckeyes' hot start in 2010. Tiffany Cameron (3g, 4a) and Lauren Granberg (3g) are tied for the team lead in goals while the third Canadian, freshman Danica Wu, has played in all 11 games and started 10 in the midfield.
DICKERSON ON M.A.C. HERMANN LIST
Defender Cassie Dickerson was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list, the Missouri Athletic Club announced.
The senior from Kalamazoo, Mich. was named a first team All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region selection in 2009 after starting 19 games at center back for the Buckeyes. A Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, the three-time captain played the second-most minutes on the team, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists on the season.
It marks the second time in program history a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer.
Cassie Dickerson was named a team captain for the third-consecutive season and is joined by defenders Lauren Beachy and Danielle Scoliere. The trio has combined for 140 career starts.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 11 years of existence. Consider:
- The home team is 78-32-10 all-time.
- Ohio State is 59-15-8 since 2003 and 34-10-4 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009 and are 4-1-1 in 2010.
The Buckeyes return home to host Wisconsin Oct. 15 and Minnesota Oct. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.