Women's Soccer Travels to Wisconsin and Minnesota
Oct. 15, 2002
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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Women's soccer team (4-8-1, 2-4-1) saddles up for a trip north for matches with Wisconsin (7-5-3, 3-2-2) and Minnesota. The Buckeyes and Badgers will battle Friday night at 5:30 p.m. (CDT) and will conclude the weekend trip with a Sunday match versus Minnesota ( 6-7-1, 1-6-0) set to kickoff at 2 p.m.
BUCKEYES IN BIG TEN PLAY
WALKER INKS NEW CONTRACT
"The three-year contract exemplifies the commitment Ohio State has to the women's soccer program and the trust that the athletics department has in my goals for the program and the direction we are headed," Walker said. "That sense of trust validates our pursuit of being a national contender for years to come. The new contract will definitely help us in recruiting." Ohio State director of athletics Andy Geiger is pleased to extend coach Walker's tenure at the university.
"We are delighted to have Lori continue her work in building the Ohio State women's soccer program into a Big Ten and national contender," Geiger said.
WALKER AT THE HELM
LAST WEEK'S ACTION
On Friday, Iowa jumped out to an early and insurmountable 3-0 lead just fifteen minutes into the contest scoring on each of its first three shots. The Hawkeyes held off a furious OSU second half attack that racked-up a 20-4 advantage in shot attempts to capture the 3-1 victory. Buckeye freshman Colleen Hoban notched her fifth goal of the season at the 57:20 mark of the match.
On Sunday, OSU found itself down at the half against Illinois as well, but out-scored the Illini 2-0 in the second period to record the 2-1 come-from-behind win. The Buckeye comeback was fueled by forwards Lisa Grubb (So., Portage, Mich.) and Danielle Dietrich (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) who combined for both of the OSU tallies. Dietrich, a true-freshman, tied the match at one goal apiece with a scoring shot from nearly 30 yards out and contributed to the game-winning goal as she assisted Grubb on a nifty back-kicked goal for the go-ahead score. OSU defender Jen Miller was also credited with the assist on the play.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
The Badger offense is led by forward Jenny Kundert who has netted five goals and seven assists for a total of 17 points.
Wisconsin is under the direction of ninth-year head coach Dean Duerst (99-68-23 .579). Duerst will be looking to record his 100th career win when the Buckeyes and Badgers take the field Friday night.
BUCKEYES VERSUS BADGERS
A GLANCE AT THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
Leading the Gopher attack is the Big Ten's third-leading scorer in forward Rachel Roth. Roth, who also ranks second in the conference with 55 shots attempts, has tallied 22 points on 10 goals and two assists.
At the helm for the Gophers is third-year head coach Barbara Wickstand. Wickstand has commanded the Gophers to a 19-29-2 overall record in her tenure at Minnesota.
THE OHIO STATE-ILLINOIS SERIES
Eckles, who registered three shots during the match, set the mark with her initial shot of the first period. Eckles entered the game tied with former Buckeye great Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) with 204 career strikes and has now staked claim to the top spot with a career ledger of 217.
Individually, Lisa Grubb ranks second in Big Ten conference play in both total shots (25) and shots per game (3.57).
A TALL ORDER TO IN 2002
The Buckeyes performed well against the nation's top programs during the 2001 season, collecting a 2-2 record that featured wins at No. 9 Connecticut and over No. 4 Penn State. In addition, OSU pushed top-ranked North Carolina last November as the Tarheels escaped Columbus with a tightly contested 2-0 victory. The Buckeyes ended their season with a 2-0 loss to Penn State in the Big Ten Tourney semifinal.
RECORDS SET TO FALL
Jen Miller also has a shot to climb up the OSU charts in career assists. She has moved into a tie for third all-time with 13 career marks and needs four more this season to take over as second in assists in Buckeye history.