October 7, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the OSU Sports Field for today's match between the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-4-0, 1-4-0) and the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-3-1).
OSU vs. WVU HISTORY
The all-time series is tied 1-1, with a Mountaineer win last season in Morgantown. WVU's Rena Lippa netted the only score of the contest when she converted on a breakaway, seven minutes into the game. Neither team could manage much offense for the remainder of the game and the Mountaineers kept the Buckeyes goal production nonexistent. Former Buckeye Tiffany Tisdale played with a solid effort, managing four shots (three on goal) for the day. Goalie Amber Barnes recorded nine saves as Mountaineer goalkeeper Stacey Adams finished with seven.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
The Mountaineers come to Columbus to try to post a big win. As a third year program, the Mountaineers are off to a good start as they rank sixth in the Big East Conference with 10 points. With no losses to graduation, WVU brings a squad that is led by senior forward Lippa, junior defender Stacey Sollmann and Big East all-rookie Vanessa Heppeler. Last year, Lippa led WVU as leading scorer with 11 goals and one assist for a total of 23 points. Sollmann guided WVU to 22 shutouts during her two seasons at the sweeper position. Lippa and Megan Sheehy will pool their talents to create scoring opportunities for the offense. Sheehy finished her freshman year with 16 shots, one goal and two assists. In addition to the experienced veterans, the Mountaineers have a top notch recruiting class that features many outstanding players. "I've always said that with a strong defense comes a strong offense," says head coach Nikki Izzo. "Our defense is so sound that we've been able to work on our offense and hopefully put more points on the board." It's obvious that WVU is ready to compete at its highest level this season.
NITTANY LIONS CRACK THE BUCKEYES
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The seventh ranked Penn State women's soccer team held on to a 1-0 lead for the entire second period to defeat the Buckeyes last Friday at Jefferey Field. PSU's 10-game unbeaten streak marks a school record as the Nittany Lions moved to 9-0-1 for the season. OSU managed four shots for the match and goalie Amber Barnes finished the game with six saves.
WVU HEAD COACH NIKKI IZZO
In her second season at West Virginia, Izzo has led the Mountaineers to a 11-6-2 overall mark and an impressive 4-6-1 Big East record. Soccer Buzz ranked West Virginia as the eighth-best new program in the nation. Izzo graduated from Rochester and claimed All-American honors as a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets. In 1995, she was named head coach of West Virginia's new women's soccer team. With her direction and success, there is no doubt that WVU has a chance to go all the way to the top.
West Virginia senior goalkeeper Stacey Adams has made her mark for women's soccer. She has amassed 121 career-high saves and ten shutouts in her junior year. OSU IS STILL NO. 1 IN THE STATE
In the newly released (Oct. 5) Ohio Women's Collegiate Soccer Association rankings, Ohio State is first with 77 points. The remaining ranked schools fall in the following order: Dayton (68), Cincinnati (61), Ohio (57), Xavier (44), Toledo (40), Wright State (36), Bowling Green (35), Kent (22), Miami (16) and Youngstown (7). Ohio coaches rank the eleven school from first to worst with the best team receiving 11 points and on down to zero for the lowest.
OSU'S PROBABLE STARTERS Keeper 1 Amber Barnes Sweeper 10 Maria Jimenez Left Back 3 Elisa Hamilton Center Back 10 Katie Martorella Right Back 24 Amanda Orr Left Flank 7 Courtney Nein or 17 Melissa Fox Center Mid 18 Emily Thorpe Center Mid 11 Becky Borchers Right Flank 19 Katy Traeger or 12 Jennifer Plante Striker 6 Melanie Vierling Striker 9 Mia Katzel or 19 Katy Traeger
HEAD COACH LORI WALKER
The North Carolina graduate is 15-13-1 in her second season as head coach of the Buckeyes and 28-36-2 for her four-year career. She is one of the youngest Division I coaches at 27 years of age and just the second women's soccer mentor in OSU history. She led her 1997 Buckeye squad to the second highest winning percentage (.500) in school history and advanced to the conference tournament. Walker first coached at Kansas for two years before accepting the position at OSU.
GREAT LAKES REGIONAL RANKINGS 1. Notre Dame 10-1-0 2. Indiana 7-3-0 3. Northwestern 9-1-1 4. Marquette 8-3-1 5. Wisconsin 6-4-0 6. Michigan 7-3-1 7. WI-Milwaukee 5-3-1 8. Cincinnati 5-5-1 9. Evansville 7-3-2 10. Illinois 7-5-0
MATCH NINE VS. MICHIGAN
Jessica Limauro found the net twice for Michigan as the Wolverines shutout Ohio State 2-0. Michigan got on the board first as junior midfielder Mari Hoff found Limauro sneaking behind the OSU defensive line. Limauro buried the ball left post with a blistering shot that soared past a diving Amber Barnes, giving UM a 1-0 lead. Limauro notched her second goal six minutes into the second period when she lofted a shot toward the left post that swooped and hooked under the crossbar.
MATCH EIGHT VS. MICHIGAN STATE
With less than two minutes remaining, Becky Borchers netted the game-winning goal, boosting Ohio State to a 2-1 victory over Michigan State. Ohio State opened the first half with a monster offensive push and did not let up the entire period. Borchers put OSU on the board first in the 11th minute when she finished an Emily Thorpe pass. Thorpe squeezed a ball through the Spartan defense which Borchers touched twice and buried far post. After a Michigan State cross into the center of the box, Gina Dawson somehow touched the ball toward goal amid a crowd of defenders. Kim Van Cleef struck the loose ball and OSU keeper Amber Barnes at the same time, a collision that knocked both players to the ground and the ball into the net. With the teams deadlocked in a 1-1 tie, Martorella tapped a ball behind the MSU back line that Borchers chipped over Spartan goalkeeper Mara Lee's head in the 89th minute to seal the contest.
MATCH SEVEN AT INDIANA
Tracy Grose scored from 22 yards out nine minutes into overtime, lifting Indiana to a 2-1 win. The match was a scoreless affair until the 77th minute when freshman striker Melanie Vierling ripped a shot >from eight yards out toward the right post and scored. With less than three minutes remaining, Carries Watts put in an indirect kick from Grose from 18 yards, pushing the game into overtime.
MATCH SIX VS. ILLINOIS
Illinois outshot Ohio State 24-6 in a 5-1 conference opening victory. Freshman forward Lisa Baldwin recorded a hat trick for the Fighting Illini and put up nine shots as Illinois dominated play from beginning to end. For the first time all season, Barnes gave up two goals in a period as the Fighting Illini took a 2-1 lead in the opening stanza. Baldwin gave Illinois a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, but Borchers evened the score less than a minute later when she converted on a penalty kick. The Illini went up 2-1 heading into the locker room. Illinois took control right away in the second period, scoring a pair of goals within three minutes of each other and Baldwin tightened the choke hold even more with nine minutes remaining as she sliced through the bewildered Buckeye defense with fancy footwork and notched her third goal of the evening.
MATCH FIVE VS. XAVIER
Martorella netted her second goal of the season in the 99th minute, giving Ohio State a 2-1 OT victory over Xavier. For the first time this season, the Buckeyes had their backs to the wall as Xavier went on the board first in the 21st minute. With the Musketeers pressure on high, Amanda Orr sent a ball back for Barnes to clear who swiped and got nothing but dirt giving Xavier an own goal and a 1-0 lead. The Buckeyes got even 45 seconds later when Borchers finished an Elisa Hamilton throw-in to knot the score at one apiece. Nine minutes into the first sudden death overtime period, Hamilton executed a perfect flip throw-in deep in Xavier territory that Catino headed and Martorella settled and buried into the left side of the net.
MATCH FOUR VS. PURDUE
It took just seven minutes for the team to take command as the Buckeyes defeated the Boilermakers, 4-0. OSU went on top 1-0, in the 14th minute when Martorella settled a ball in the middle of the field and banged it off the left post for a goal. Mia Katzel scored from just outside the box in the 49th minute when she hammered the ball straight at the keeper and it nicked off a Purdue into the goal. Martorella set up OSU's third goal in the 60th minute, bending a free kick around the Boilermaker wall and into the crossbar. Catino sliced through the scattered Purdue defenders and volleyed it home. In the 72nd minute, Hamilton sent a corner deep into the box that Borchers touched and Traeger rifled into the net.
MATCH THREE AT DAYTON
Plante put OSU on the board first in the 10th minute when she connected on a PK. The Buckeyes went on top 2-0 in the 33rd minute when Borchers broke away from the defense and netted a goal. Dayton tried to climb back into the game in the second half when Ingred Zielke put in a Jenny Davin corner kick, pulling the Flyers within one with her first goal of the season.
MATCH TWO AT LOUISVILLE
Vierling scored two goals, one in each half, helping the Buckeyes shutout Louisville 5-0. Vierling was part of a dominating OSU offense that outshot the Cardinals 19-9. Katzel tallied a goal and an assist on the day, while Melissa Fox and Catino also netted a goal apiece. Barnes recorded three saves and her second consecutive shutout of the year.
MATCH ONE AT EVANSVILLE
Plante came off the bench to score the game winning goal in OSU's 1-0 win at Evansville. In the 24th minute, Plante netted a stray ball that was rolling in front of the goal mouth after a corner kick, her only shot of the day. Barnes moved her career shutout mark to 4.5 while recording six saves on the day.
1 AMBER BARNES - SO, GK
In her second year as the starting goalie, she has recorded 3.0 shutouts on the year and kept opponents scoreless for the first 237 minutes of the 1998 season. Unfortunately, she has given up eight goals in the last three contests but looks to bear down with back-to-back homes matches. Was ranked as high as seventh in the nation for goals against average this season.
YEAR GP/GS M S GA GAA ShO 1997 19/17 1442 87 29 1.81 3.5 1998 10/10 918 47 13 1.27 3.0 TOTALS 29/27 2360 134 41 1.56 6.5
11 BECKY BORCHERS - SR, MID
Senior that is always around the action. Still averaging just over two shots per game for her career. Climbing the OSU record ladder for goals, assists, points and shots. Ejected at Penn State late in the first period. Scored both OSU's goals against Michigan State, taking five shots against the Spartans. Put up three shots at Indiana but couldn't find the goal. Netted the Buckeyes' only goal against Illinois on a penalty kick. Scored the game-tying goal against Xavier off an Elisa Hamilton throw-in. Assisted on Katy Traeger's goal against Purdue. Also took one shot against the Boilermakers. Netted the game-winning goal at Dayton, taking four shots against the Flyers. Recorded two shots at Louisville.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1995 20/16 34 4 0 8 1996 21/20 48 5 3 13 1997 18/18 48 3 5 11 1998 10/10 23 5 1 11 TOTALS 69/64 153 17 9 43
8 BRYNN CATINO - FR, STR
True freshman that is a true spark off the bench. Injured at Penn State. Earned her first career start at Indiana. One of a handful of Buckeyes to play well against Illinois. Assisted on Katie Martorella's game-winning goal against Xavier. Scored on a volley against Purdue. Recorded her first collegiate goal at Louisville.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 10/1 3 2 1 5 TOTALS 10/1 3 2 1 5
17 MELISSA FOX - SO, MID
Highly touted midfielder that was a HS All-American and the Ohio Player of the Year in 1995. Has started all but one match in 1998. Took two shots in the overtime thriller against Xavier. Stroked a pair of shots against Purdue. Scored the game-winning goal at Louisville.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 19/10 13 3 0 6 1998 9/7 10 1 0 2 TOTALS 27/17 23 4 0 8
24 ELISA HAMILTON - FR, DEF
True freshman that has started every game so far this season. Tough and aggressive. Recorded two assists against Xavier on her masterful flip-throw in. Took corner kick that led to Katy Traeger's goal against Purdue. Was credited with an assist for the play. Recorded first career shot against Dayton.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 10/10 1 0 3 3 TOTALS 10/10 1 0 3 3
10 MARIA JIMENEZ - JR, DEF
Solid defender that has bided her time and earned a spot in the starting lineup. Has started every match so far in the sweeper spot. Not afraid to take command of the back line. Very fluid and smooth under pressure.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 13/0 1 0 0 0 1997 13/8 0 0 0 0 1998 10/10 2 0 0 0 TOTALS 36/17 3 0 0 0
9 MIA KATZEL - SO, STR
Forward that has a knack for finding the goal. Was the first player off the bench as a freshman and has now started four times in her sophomore campaign. Tallied one shot against Xavier. Netted her second goal of the season against Purdue when her shot ricocheted off a defender and caught the keeper off guard. Scored in the 82nd minute at Louisville and also assisted on Melanie Vierling's second goal.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 18/0 26 4 2 10 1998 10/4 6 2 1 5 TOTALS 28/4 32 6 3 15
15 KATIE MARTORELLA - JR, DEF
A mainstay in the back line for the past two years. Tough defender that manages offense as well, finding a way to rip a shot now and again that usually goes in. Assisted on Becky Borchers game-winner against Michigan State. Netted the game-winning goal in overtime against Xavier when she settled a Brynn Catino header and buried it near post. Scored her first goal of the season (the game-winner) against Purdue when she was free in the middle of the field and found the net. Also assisted on Brynn Catino's goal on a free kick against the Boilermakers.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 21/1 9 2 1 5 1997 18/18 25 1 2 4 1998 10/10 14 2 2 6 TOTALS 49/29 48 5 5 15
16 TORI MOORE - SO, DEF
Started twice this year for the Bucks and has played in all five games. Key defensive clear on a corner kick against Purdue prevented a sure Boilermaker goal. Also recorded a shot against the Boilers.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 19/10 13 3 0 0 1998 6/3 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 25/13 14 3 0 0
7 COURTNEY NEIN - FR, MID
Yet another true freshman that has seen plenty of action and has started three times already. Assisted on Melanie Vierling's game-winning goal at Louisville.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 10/4 5 0 1 1 TOTALS 10/4 5 0 1 1
9 AMANDA ORR - SO, DEF
Four-game starter in 1998 that saw much action as a rookie. Very consistent at the back and capable of shutting down strikers.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1997 15/12 2 0 0 0 1998 9/9 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 24/21 3 0 0 0
12 JENNIFER PLANTE - SR, DEF
Physical player with a wicked shot. Has the green light to shoot at will. Scored OSU's first goal at Dayton on a PK. Netted the game-winner at Evansville after knocking in a loose ball. 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1995 20/20 36 4 4 12 1996 19/18 24 2 1 5 1997 18/16 32 1 1 3 1998 10/6 7 2 0 4 TOTALS 67/60 99 9 6 24
18 EMILY THORPE - FR, MID
True freshman starter. recorded an assist on Becky Borchers' first goal against Michigan State. Injured her ankle against Xavier and missed the Illinois contest, but started at Indiana. Recorded one shot against Purdue. Assisted on Mia Katzel's goal at Louisville. Three-time MVP in high school.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 9/9 4 0 2 2 TOTALS 9/9 4 0 2 2
19 KATY TRAEGER - JR, MID
Attacking midfielder that has played in every game since she set foot on campus. Put in her first goal of the year against Purdue when she finished a corner kick.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1996 21/0 27 1 3 5 1997 18/9 41 5 4 14 1998 10/10 5 1 0 2 TOTALS 49/19 73 7 7 21
6 MELANIE VIERLING - FR, STR
True freshman that plays like a veteran. Took a career high four shots against Michigan State. Scored OSU's lone goal at Indiana Failed to finish on a couple of decent chances against Xavier. She's young, give her time. Recorded two shots against Purdue. Scored her first collegiate goal in the 18th minute at Louisville and followed with another with four minutes to go.
YEAR GP/GS S G A P 1998 10/9 18 3 0 6 TOTALS 10/9 18 3 0 6
Big Ten Update 1998 STANDINGS CONFERENCE OVERALL 1. Penn State 4 0 1 .900 10 0 1 .955 2. Northwestern 5 1 0 .833 9 1 1 .864 Wisconsin 5 1 0 .833 6 4 0 .600 4. Indiana 3 1 0 .750 7 3 0 .700 5. Minnesota 3 2 0 .600 7 3 0 .700 6. Michigan 2 3 1 .417 7 3 1 .682 7. Illinois 1 3 0 .250 7 4 0 .636 8. Ohio State 1 4 0 .200 6 4 0 .600 9. Iowa 0 4 2 .167 5 4 1 .545 10. Michigan State 0 5 1 .083 2 7 2 .272
Matches This Week
Wednesday, October 7
West Virginia @ Ohio State 4 p.m.
Butler @ Purdue
Friday, October 9
Ohio State @ Iowa 3 p.m.
Michigan State @ Illinois
Northwestern @ Wisconsin
St. Joseph's @ Xavier
Minnesota @ Penn State
Sunday, October 11
Ohio State @ Minnesota 1 p.m.
Penn State @ Iowa
Indiana @ Michigan State
Michigan @ Illinois
PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR OCT. 5
Tracy Grose, Indiana, Jr. FWD
Grose led the Hoosiers to wins over co-Big Ten leaders Wisconsin and Northwestern. Both teams were undefeated prior to their meetings with Indiana. Grose contributed an assist and a goal against Wisconsin to help the Hoosiers to a 4-0 win and scored both the game tying goal and game-winner in the victory over the ninth-ranked Wildcats (2-1).
1998 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 7 - Bonnie Young, Penn State, Fr., FWD
Sept. 14 - Kate Walse, Iowa, So., FWD
Sept. 14 - Emily Oleksiuk, Penn State, Fr., GK
Sept. 21 - Mara Miller, WIsconsin, DEF
Sept. 28 - Jessica Limauro, Michigan, FWD
Sept. 28 - Kristen Palmer, Northwestern, DEF
Scoring GP Sh G A PTS GA 1. Illinois 11 253 34 25 93 14 2. Minnesota 10 189 31 23 85 10 3. Iowa 11 193 27 28 82 12 4. Northwestern 11 166 27 21 75 10 Penn State 11 205 25 25 75 8 6. Indiana 10 94 26 21 73 11 7. Michigan 11 152 23 18 64 13 8. Ohio State 10 102 18 10 48 13 9. Wisconsin 10 99 12 14 38 11 10. Michigan St. 11 118 15 6 36 20
Goalkeeping Sv ShO GAA CK PK-A 1. Penn State 59 4.0 0.69 66 2-2 2. Minnesota 39 4.0 1.00 50 0-1 3. Wisconsin 32 6.0 1.07 70 0-2 4. Indiana 37 4.0 1.08 63 0-0 5. Iowa 51 5.0 1.10 35 0-1 6. Michigan 59 1.0 1.11 40 1-1 7. Northwestern 36 4.0 1.18 72 2-2 8. Illinois 43 4.0 1.27 67 0-0 Ohio State 47 0.0 1.27 19 1-1 10. Michigan St. 77 1.0 1.69 34 0-0
Scoring By Period 1 2 OT OT TOT 1. Illinois 15 18 1 0 34 2. Minnesota 15 16 0 0 31 3. Iowa 10 17 0 0 27 Northwestern 13 12 1 1 27 5. Indiana 10 14 2 0 26 6. Penn State 14 10 0 1 25 7. Michigan 14 8 1 0 23 8. Ohio State 8 9 0 0 15 9. Michigan St. 6 9 0 0 15 10. Wisconsin 3 8 0 1 12
(as of Sept. 14)
Goals Against Average GP M Sv SO GA GAA 9. Amber Barnes 10 918 47 3.0 13 1.27
Saves GP Min Sv GA 3. Amber Barnes 10 918 47 13