Women's Soccer Set For Four-Consecutive Road Games
Oct. 11, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Ohio State women's soccer team ended its steak of five-consecutive losses Friday when it defeated visiting Iowa, 2-1. OSU then lost to Illinois, 4-0, Sunday and saw its record fall to 5-9 overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes now have the tough task ahead in earning wins away from the friendly confines of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium when they play four-consecutive road matches, three of which are in the Big Ten.
Hamilton is sidelined this season because of a career-ending knee injury she sustained last year in a match with Illinois. She was known for her tough and aggressive style of play, and her crowd-pleasing flipping-throw-in.
"The Elisa Hamilton-Buckeye Fury Award is given to the player that is mentally and physically prepared on the field and goes the extra inch for the sake of the team," Walker said. "This is a tremendous honor to relate a player's style of play to Elisa."
Miller First Recipient
"Jen is having one of her most stellar seasons this year," Walker said. "The change of personnel in front of her this season has probably been frustrating for our silent leader, but she has really stepped up her play. She played a tough match Sunday."
Though a defensive player, Miller has come forward to record a team-high five assists. That assist total also has her currently ranked fifth in the Big Ten.
OSU's record on NU, UM and PSU's home fields is 1-6. The Buckeyes also have been out-scored 18-4 in those seven games.
"It is difficult to win on the road," Walker said. " But, I think we can play with anyone at any given time so we will just have to play like we can."
"It will be tough to play at Northwestern because you never know what the weather is going to be like with the lake," Walker said of NU's Lakeside Field being on the shore of Lake Michigan. "Both teams have seen some bad luck this season. We will just have to play a good game and control the aspects we can control.
"We have already played at Michigan this season (Michigan NIKE Invitational, Sept. 8-10) and we looked comfortable on that field," Walker said. "We won one and lost one and hopefully we can our second win there this season."
Seventh-year coach Marcia McDermott has seen her Wildcats struggle through the Big Ten this season. In its six conference losses, NU has been outscored 8-1 and been shut out in five games, including the last two matches. As a team, Northwestern has netted 10 goals this season.
Leading the Wildcats on offense are junior Katie Hertz and freshman Kristen Pearce. Hertz leads the team with nine total points from four goals and one assist. Two of her four goals are the only goals that the Wildcats have scored in the Big Ten this season. Pearce has amassed six points on two goals and two assists.
On defense is senior goalkeeper Erin Ekeberg. Ekeberg has recorded 77 saves in the 12 NU games, which is fourth among all Big Ten goalkeepers, and is 11th overall in goals against average with 1.70 per game. Her two shutouts also rank her 10th in the conference.
Walker On The Wildcats
The Buckeyes vs. The Wildcats
In the last match, Oct. 17, 1999, OSU defeated NU, 3-2. The last time OSU visited the Wildcats, NU soundly defeated the Buckeyes 7-0. That match was Oct. 17, 1997.
NU has outscored the Buckeyes in the series, 13-11, and have recorded both of its victories by shutout.
Since the slow start, Michigan (7-5, 5-2 Big Ten) has won seven of its last nine matches and outscored its opponents 25-7.
Leading the offense is sophomore Abby Crumpton and freshman Stephanie Chavez. Crumpton is 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with 14 points on five goals and four assists while Chavez is 11th with 13 points on four goals and five assists. Chavez's five assists tie her for fifth with OSU's Jen Miller.
Splitting the goalkeeping duties are senior Carissa Stewart and freshman Suzie Grech. Stewart is 10th among conference goalkeepers with 37 saves while Grech is 11th with 34. Grech also is fifth in goals against average with a 1.70 and is seventh in shutouts with three.
Walker On Michigan
The Buckeyes vs The Wolverines
In the last meeting, the Wolverines recorded a 2-1 victory in Columbus on Sept. 17, 1999.
In the 2-1 win Friday, Lindsay Eckles (So., Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) scored the first OSU goal at 16:02. Teammate Sarah Lanham (So., Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) scored what would become the gamewinning goal at 23:24.
Iowa closed the gap with a goal in the 88th minute, but Barnes stopped its offense the rest of the way.