Women's Soccer Hosts Nonconference Opponent Wright State
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
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.
DAVID VS. GOLIATH
IN THE BIG TEN
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 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
ADD TO THE COLLECTION
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
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT JESSE
The Buckeyes are 4-1-1 at JOMS in 2006 and have four more matches to play.
BIG TEN RECORD
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
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
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
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.