Oct. 10, 2006
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (7-5-1: 3-3-0 Big Ten) will take a break from Big Ten Conference action when it hosts Wright State (8-2-3; 1-2-1 Horizon League) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match is a part of a doubleheader, as the OSU men's soccer team will face Louisville at 5 p.m.
The Buckeyes are seeking their third consecutive win after coming off a weekend sweep against Iowa and No. 10 Illinois. The Scarlet and Gray shut out the Hawkeyes, 2-0, Oct. 6 and followed that performance with another 2-0 win over the Fighting Illini.
Ohio State's student radio station will broadcast the match live on its web site, www.ohiostatesports.com, and GameTracker will have live statistics at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Midfielder Lara Dickenmann was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 9 following a three-goal weekend against Iowa and No. 10 Illinois.
Dickenmann collected the first two of her six points against the Hawkeyes, scoring one of two goals in the Buckeyes' 2-0 win. Dickenmann returned to action against the Fighting Illini and scored both OSU goals in the team's 2-0 victory.
Dickenmann is tied for the team lead in goals with seven and leads Ohio State in points with 17 (three assists). This is the third time this season Dickenmann has scored in consecutive matches. The first time she completed the feat was in the Xavier (Aug. 27) and San Diego (Sept. 1) games, where she scored a goal in each contest. The second came against Indiana (Sept. 24) and Wisconsin (Sept. 29), where she again recorded a goal per game.
The Buckeyes have won every match in which Dickenmann has tallied at least one point, except Indiana.
Buckeye tri-captains, Emily Francis, Lisa Grubb and Melissa Miller contributed an assist for the third consecutive game against Iowa. In all, the trio has combined for 14 points this season - Francis (four assists), Grubb (six assists), Miller (four assists).
The OSU defense has posted five shutouts on the season. Ohio State has notched consecutive shutouts twice this season, the first coming against Kent State (0-0) and Xavier (2-0) and second vs. Iowa (2-0) and Illinois (2-0).
Ohio State is out scoring and out shooting its opponents, 19-14, and 211-145, respectively. The Buckeyes also have the corner kicks advantage, 81-50.
DAVID VS. GOLIATH
The Scarlet and Gray has defeated two ranked opponents in 2006. The Buckeyes dropped No. 15 California, 1-0, Sept. 15 during the Ohio State Tournament in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and then defeated tenth-ranked Illinois, 2-0, Oct. 8.
IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State is ranked in the Top 5 in eight categories. The Buckeyes are fourth in shots with 211. Of those shot attempts, OSU has found the back of the net 19 times, which is tied for fifth in the league. Ohio State also is fifth in goals per game with an average of 1.46. With 20 assists to their credit, the Buckeyes are tied for fourth in the league and are tied for second in assists per game (1.54). After shutting out Iowa and Illinois this past weekend, OSU moved up in the shutouts category and now is tied for fifth with five. In the conference, the Buckeyes have committed the least amount of fouls (131), but are third in corner kicks with 81.
Buckeye midfielder Lara Dickenmann and forward Lisa Collison are in the Top 5 in several offensive statistical categories. Dickenmann is third in shots (53) and shots per game (4.08) and holds down the No. 2 spot in points with 17. Tallying 1.31 points per match also is good for second in the conference. After scoring the opening goals in the Buckeyes' shutouts during the weekend, Dickenmann now has three gamewinning goals to her credit (T-second). Dickenmann, who has scored seven goals on the season for an average of 0.54 goals per game (T-third), is tied with teammate Collison for second in goals. Collison is No. 1 in goals per game, averaging 0.64 a contest. As well, Collison is first in points per game (1.36) with 15 to her credit, which is good for a tie for fifth in the league. Having notched six assists, Lisa Grubb is tied for first in assists and assists per game (0.46). Defenders Emily Francis and Melissa Miller are tied for fifth in assists (4) and assists per game (0.31). Lauren Robertson moved up in the shutout rankings (T-third) with five to her credit.
A LOOK AT WRIGHT STATE
Wright State enters its match against the Buckeyes with an 8-2-3 overall record and a 1-2-1 mark in the Horizon League. Midfielder Amy Miller leads the Raiders in points with 16 on seven goals and two assists. Three players are tied for second on the team in points with nine. Receiving most of the action in net for Wright State is Steph Comisar. Playing 1212:57 minutes, Comisar has yielded 14 goals for a goals-against average of 1.04. Comisar has made 63 saves in 13 contests and has been credited with the Raiders 8-2-3 record which includes five shutouts.
Wright State has out scored its opponents, 27-14, and has out shot its rivals, 173-143. The Raiders also have the corner kicks advantage, 68-49.
Head coach for Wright State is Pat Ferguson (Malone, 1992). In his second season with the Raiders, Ferguson has compiled a 19-7-6 record and a career ledger of 95-69-17.
BUCKEYES VS. RAIDERS
The Buckeyes lead the overall series against the Raiders, 7-2-0, with the last meeting coming in 2003. Ohio State shut out Wright State, 4-0, that year. Melissa Miller, who was a freshman in 2003, scored her first collegiate goal in the win.
Lisa Grubb is the Ohio State all-time leader in goals (31), assists (25) and points (87). 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 six points on six assists. Grubb started the season just two points and four assists behind Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) for the all-time lead.
ADD TO THE COLLECTION
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).
HATS OFF TO YOU
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.
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT JESSE
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.
BIG TEN RECORD
In 13 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a 48-60-11 conference record.
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).
MAKE IT 100 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 106-79-15 in 10-plus seasons at Ohio State.
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
LAST TIME OUT VS. IOWA
Ohio State midfielder Lara Dickenmann and Buckeye forward Lisa Collison each scored a goal to lift OSU over Iowa, 2-0, Oct. 6 at Iowa Soccer Complex in Iowa City, Iowa.
Dickenmann got the Buckeyes on the board in the 24th minute (23:35) when she found the back of the net off a pass from Emily Francis. It was Dickenmann's fifth goal of the season and Francis' fourth assist of 2006.
The Buckeyes extended their lead to 2-0 at the 67:00 mark when Collison chipped the ball in from inside the 6-yard box. Lisa Grubb and Melissa Miller were credited with the assist. Collison, the 2005 team leading scorer, notched her seventh goal of the season, while Grubb and Miller recorded their sixth and fourth assist of the year, respectively.
This is the third consecutive game Buckeye tri-captains Francis, Grubb and Miller each have contributed an assist. In all, the trio has combined for 14 points this season.
The Buckeye defense, anchored by OSU goalkeeper Lauren Robertson, who did not face a shot on goal during the match, earned its fourth shutout of the season. Robertson's record now stands at 6-4-1.
For the match OSU tallied 14 shots to Iowa's four, while corner kicks were even at four a piece. Hawkeye goalkeeper Ali Becker had seven saves.
VS. NO. 10 ILLINOIS
Two goals by Buckeye midfielder Lara Dickenmann helped propel Ohio State over No. 10 Illinois, 2-0, Oct. 8 at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. Dickenmann scored her second and third goal of the weekend and her sixth and seventh of the season, while OSU goalkeeper Lauren Robertson recorded her fifth shutout of 2006.
After a scoreless first half, the Buckeyes got on the board in the second stanza when Dickenmann was able to beat an Illinois defender inside the 18-yard box and find the back of the net in the 75th minute. The Buckeyes solidified the win in the 83rd minute when Caitlin Colfer found Dickenmann at the top of the box, where the midfielder again beat the Illinois defender and knocked in the ball 17 yards out for the score.
The OSU defense limited the Fighting Illini to two shots on goal on 11 shots and Robertson made two saves. Illinois keeper Lindsey Carstens made six saves, while the Fighting Illini also was credited with a team save. The Scarlet and Gray out shot Illinois, 15-11, and had nine shots on goal. The Buckeyes registered four corner kicks to the Fighting Illini's five.
The Buckeyes return to Big Ten Conference action at 1 p.m. Sunday when they travel to University Park, Pa., to take on No. 13 Penn State at Jeffrey Field. The game will be a rematch of a hard-fought, 1-0, loss to the then-No. 1 Nittany Lions last season at JOMS in Columbus.