No. 21/25 Ohio State Women's Soccer Welcomes Wisconsin and Minnesota
Oct. 14, 2003
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 21/25 Ohio State women's soccer team (8-2-3, 2-2-3) returns to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week after suffering its first losing weekend series this season. After dropping a 2-0 contest at Illinois and matching Northwestern in a 1-1 stalemate Sunday, the Buckeyes look to regroup in a rematch with fellow 2002 Big Ten Tournament finalist Wisconsin Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and will honor its seniors Sunday in a 2 p.m. match with Minnesota.
LAST WEEK: OSU FALLS AT ILLINOIS, MATCHES NORTHWESTERN 1-1
The Illini scored two goals in the first 16 minutes of play and made them stand, downing Ohio State by a 2-0 final count.
In Sunday's contest against Northwestern, the Buckeyes fell behind early before rallying late to force overtime.
The Buckeyes came out firing in the second half as Heather Miller nailed a shot to the right of goalkeeper Whitney Jones into the net to tie the score at 1-1.
BUCKEYES OFF TO SECOND BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY
The best start to a season came in 1996 when the Buckeyes began the year with 10 wins opposed to three losses, which served as a .769 win percentage. BUCKEYES AMONG NATIONAL TOP 25
The Buckeyes also dropped in the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll to No. 4 also behind Notre Dame, Purdue and Illinois.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
The Buckeyes boast a 4-2 record in their last six meetings with ranked teams.
THE WORD ON WISCONSIN
The Badgers are led by senior midfieler Jenny Kundert. Kundert has tallied 15 points this season, which includes six goals and three assists. She also netted the game-winning goal against Northwestern this past Friday. Kundert was a first team All-Big Ten selection and a NSCAA/Great Lakes region second team pick last season.
In goal for the Badgers is freshman Stephanie Szczechowski. In just her first season, Szczechowski has tallied seven wins, 1039 minutes, 35 saves and a goals against average of 1.30. She also has posted two shutouts.
The head coach of the Badgers is Dean Duerst. Duerst is in his 10th season at the helm of Wisconsin. He has led the Badgers to five NCAA tournament appearances, one Big Ten regular-season title and one Big Ten tournament championship. Duerst has been associated with Wisconsin his entire career, first as a player from 1981-83, assistant coach from 1987-93 and then head coach from 1994-present.
LAST SEASON: OSU DOWNS BADGERS IN MADISON AND IN BIG TEN FINAL
Leading the way for Ohio State in the first match was Lisa Grubb who scored the game-winning and lone goal of the match in the 14th minute of play with an unassisted shot that sailed just over the reach of Wisconsin goaltender Kelly Conway.
Recording the win for the Buckeyes was goalkeeper Emily Haynam, who tallied five saves in the shutout victory.
In last season's tournament final Ohio State came away with a 2-1 victory to claim their first ever tournament championship. The Buckeyes were led by Lindsay Eckles who netted a perfectly placed corner kick from Jen Miller for a 1-0 advantage and Emily Gilbert, who struck the unassisted game-winner in the 67th minute.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
Leading the way for the Golden Gophers is freshman Haley Lentsch. Lentsch has started every game this season and has five goals, three assists and 13 points. Lentsch also has tallied two game-winning goals this season coming against Florida Atlantic and Northwestern.
Goalkeeping duties belong to sophomore Karli Kopietz. Kopietz, has started 12 games this season and garners 65 saves and a goals against average of 2.19. Kopietz also holds three shutouts this season.
LAST SEASON: OSU SLIPS BY MINNESOTA
Goalkeeper Emily Haynam recorded her second shutout of the season, making two saves in the contest en route to winning Big Ten defensive player of the week honors.
OSU - UM ALL-TIME
In addition to Dietrich's effort, Freshman Jackie Lafond set a career-high with two goals in the Youngstown State win.
Junior midfielder Emily Gilbert fueled Ohio State's 3-1 win over Coastal Carolina with her first two-goal performance of her career, as the Cincinnati native netted a header in both the first and second halves of last Sunday's contest. Gilbert also set a career-best in assists in one game, as she played a hand on three scores in the 4-1 triumph at Wright State.
Fellow junior Liz Mumley also established a career-high when she netted two goals in the Buckeye win over Wright State on August 31.
In the first match of the season, Ohio State junior Lisa Grubb posted two goals in Ohio State's 4-1 win over Indiana State en route to being named Big Ten offensive player of the week for Sept. 1.
Junior Paige Harrison is the conference leader in assists with 0.50 per game. Sophomore Danielle Dietrich is ranked seventh in total shots with 20 and seventh in shots per game with 2.86. Freshman Staci Sinkway's 0.93 goals against average is good enough for fifth among Big Ten goalkeepers.
Included in Ohio State's offensive dominance is an 32-11 advantage in assists.
Most recently, Ohio State held Illinois and Northwestern to seven corner kicks over the past weekend.
KEEPER BY COMMITTEE
Leading the way is Sinkway who has logged over 567 minutes and has posted a 2-2-1 record, including a shutout. Sinkway has posted a sparkling GAA of 0.63. She also leads her teammates with 29 saves and a save percentage of .879.
Haynam has started eight of the 13 contests played this season and posts a 0.82 GAA with 23 saves and a .852 save percentage, while collecting three wins vs. no losses and two ties.
Heaney, who has started two games this season, has claimed three victories and has allowed zero goals and posts a stellar 0.00 GAA. Heaney also has seen action in the Buckeye frontline.
Ohio State also enjoys a 107-67 advantage in shots on goal.
Overall, the Ohio State defense has allowed just 0.66 goals per game, as 12 of their 13 opponents have been held to no more than one goal in a single contest.
BUCKEYES PLAY FULL 90
Ohio State has posted near-identical first and second half combined figures in several other categories, as the Buckeyes have totaled 112 of their 213 shots in the second half. In addition, Ohio State has nearly split its corner kick opportunities right down the middle, as the Buckeyes have fired 45 in the first stanza and 48 in the second period.
SINKWAY DEEMED BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - OCT. 6
Sinkway, who has seen action in 10 of the 13 matches this year, leads the Ohio State squad with 567 minutes in net and 29 saves, while also posting a sparkling 0.63 goals against average.
GRUBB SCORES BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK - SEPT. 5
Grubb, the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Offensive MVP, tallied her 18th and 19th career goals and ninth career assist in the victory, as she moved into sixth place in the program's career points list with 45.