Buckeyes Play Host To Northwestern, Wisconsin
Oct. 16, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team (6-7-0 overall, 3-4-0 in the Big Ten) returns home to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this weekend for conference battles against Northwestern and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes and Wildcats match is 7 p.m. Friday and the OSU-UW match is 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The Buckeyes-Badgers match originally was slated for 2 p.m. but was moved forward to accommodate fans wishing to attend the MLS Cup at Columbus Crew Stadium.
EVENING THE SCORE
"We made sure we were a little more accurate in what our shots were and we didn't just shoot from any place," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "All of the goals were very well executed and there was more combination play than I have seen. It wasn't just one player beating it through the back line. The number of people that contributed to the goals scored were about three or four. There was no luck about it. They were well executed goals."
"We made a couple of changes in our lineup and really focused on trying to rotate different people through up top," Walker said. "It got a lot of people involved and anxious about contributing. It also helped to wear down the defense once we got a good combination of Lindsay and Lisa up top, it was magic. We were very pleased to have Lindsay back and her immediate contribution and I think that really sparked everybody. There is just a complete change in the level of our confidence."
PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Eckles scored twice over the Illini and her second goal, just 1:43 seconds before halftime, proved to be the gamewinner. Her goal against the Hawkeyes also was the gamewinner.
"Lindsay provided the instant offense we've been searching for," Walker said. "She used her time wisely when she was injured and really benefitted from being on the sidelines watching us play and watching films. It was evident in her first few touches that she was very confident and anxious to make a difference and she did."
HOME SWEET HOME
"We set up a home-strong schedule for a few reasons," Walker said. "We wanted to show off our new stadium and we have been on the road a lot in the past few years so I wanted to stay home a little more this year. Though we are at home, we still have some very tough matches left with Penn State, Evansville and North Carolina."
WALKER AT THE HELM
Northwestern is led on offense by Katie Hertz and on defense by Susan McCreery. Hertz has a team-high nine points (4G-1A) and is the lone Wildcat to have scored more than one goal this year. McCreery has started and played in every minute of NU's 12 matches. She has made 41 saves and allowed only 15 goals.
BUCKEYES VS. WILDCATS
WALKER ON NORTHWESTERN
Conway has allowed 18 goals and made 73 saves and has shutout UW's opponents three times. Kelly Kundert has amassed 10 points on four goals and two assists for the Badgers this year.
BUCKEYES VS. BADGERS
WALKER ON WISCONSIN
"I am very, very pleased with their contributions," Walker said. "They are learning a lot about the game at this level. Their creativity and courage at this point is very commendable." Lisa Grubb leads the team in scoring with 16 points on a team-high six goals while fellow classmate Liz Mumley ranks tied for fourth in scoring on the strength of four assists, another team high.
In all, nine freshmen have played with four recording at least one point. Joining Grubb and Mumley in scoring are Heather Miller and Emily Gilbert with two and one assists, respectively.
THE REMAINING MATCHES
"UConn, Kentucky and UNC are all Top 10 programs I decided to add to our schedule," Walker said. "Obviously, the UNC game will be a treat."
In conference play, the Buckeyes also face No. 8 Penn State and two teams just outside of the Top 25, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
THE REMAINING MATCHES II
LAST TIME OUT
Lindsay Eckles' return sparked the offense against the Illini as the junior forward netted two goals, including the gamewinner, for OSU. Melanie Vierling scored the third goal of the match to secure the win.
In its match with the Hawkeyes, OSU came out firing again and netted three more goals, this time led by the scoring of Lisa Grubb. Grubb tallied a pair of goals and Eckles netted her third on the road trip to record a second-consecutive Buckeyes win. The weekend sweep was the first for OSU since the Buckeyes recorded wins over Wright State (Aug. 31) and Kent State (Sept. 2) to open the 2001 season.
Eckles has recorded 25 goals as a Buckeye, the third-most all-time in the program, and needs five more to tie the 30 posted by Lisa Suttmiller from 1994-97. Eckles also is tied with Becky Borchers (1995-98) for fourth all-time in career points with 55. Borchers tallied 22 goals and 11 assists and Eckles has posted 25 goals and six helpers.
Thorpe, with two assists on the weekend, surpassed Katy Traeger's (1996-99) 13 to move to second all-time. Thorpe trails Suttmiller's 23 helpers for the top spot all-time.
THE BUCKEYES HAVE A NEW HOME
Surrounded by a wrought iron fence with brick piers, the stadium also houses locker rooms and offices for the men's and women's soccer, men's tennis, men's and women's lacrosse, field hockey and softball programs.
NEXT TIME OUT