COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team accomplished what it set out to do last weekend, winning a pair of home Big Ten Conference games to improve to 9-5-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the conference. This weekend, in a 7 p.m. game Friday at Minnesota and a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Iowa, the team seeks to accomplish what it needs to do to keep pace with the Big Ten leaders: win on the road.
The Buckeyes, with six freshmen typically in the starting lineup and 10 freshmen or sophomores playing significant minutes, have been terrific at home this season with a 9-0-0 record, but are 0-5-0 on the road. Granted, three of the games were against teams North Carolina, Duke and Louisville that were in the NCAA Tournament last year (and Carolina won it all) and have combined for a 28-9-4 overall record this season. The other two losses were in Big Ten games at Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Purdue (5-0-1), Indiana (5-0-1) and Penn State (5-0-0), all nationally ranked teams that Ohio State hosts in Jesse Owens this season, are setting the pace in the Big Ten with unbeaten records. Illinois (3-2-1), which Ohio State owns a win over, Ohio State, Iowa (2-3-0) and Minnesota (2-3-0) are separated by one game in the middle of the standings.
The Buckeyes can expect two battles this weekend. A raucous home crowd is expected at 6-6-1 Minnesota’s Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium Friday. The game is part of the school’s “Rock the Robbie” weekend as the Gophers attempt to break the program’s all-time two-day attendance mark of 2,489. On Sunday, the 6-4-4 Hawkeyes will be primed to stop a four-game winless streak against the Buckeyes.
Ohio State is ranked eighth in the Great Lakes Region by NSCAA/adidas and ninth by Soccer Buzz.
BUCKEYES REBOUND NICELY; SHUT OUT UM AND MSU
Ohio State rebounded from a disappointing two-loss Big Ten weekend against Northwestern and Wisconsin by shutting out Michigan, 1-0, and Michigan State, 3-0, in a pair of games at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium last week. Against Michigan:
- Laura Roberts, one of six freshmen in the starting lineup, scored the only goal of the game at the 57:31 mark with assists going to Ashley Bowyer and Lara Dickenmann.
- Goalkeeper Lauren Robertson made two huge saves in the final two minutes to preserve the win and record her fifth shutout of the year.
- It was a physical game. Ohio State out-fouled Michigan, 14-12, and each team was whistled for three yellow cards.
- Freshman central defender Courtney Jenkins was particularly effective and disruptive against the aggressive Wolverines, winning numerous balls in the air and making some hard tackles.
The Michigan State game turned into what coach Lori Walker described as “a wonderful opportunity to get some players off the bench and into the game.” A total of 22 players saw action. Here is how the game played out:
- Lisa Collison scored two goals the first multi-goal game of the season for a Buckeye and freshman Alex Burzynski also scored while goalkeeper Lauren Robertson recorded her sixth shutout of the season.
- The Buckeyes dominated play, firing 17 shots toward Michigan State goalkeeper Nicole Galas with 11 of those on goal.
- Ashley Bowyer recorded an assist for the second-consecutive game.
- Keiana Mitchell, voted the player of the game, came of the bench for the second game in a row and played inspired soccer that resulted in an assist on Ohio State’s third goal.
- Lauren Beachy and Lara Dickenmann also assisted on goals.
GK ROBERTSON NAMED DEFENSIVE POW IN BIG TEN
Lauren Robertson was named the Big Ten Conference women’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 15 for the second time this season. Robertson, from Mission Viejo, Calif., helped the Buckeyes improve to 9-0-0 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season by posting shutouts in wins over Michigan, 1-0, and Michigan State, 3-0. She totaled eight saves in the two games.
ROBERTSON AMONG TOP 5 IN SHUTOUTS
The shutout against Michigan State moved Robertson, known as “Taz” by her teammates, into the Top 5 for single season shutouts by an Ohio State goalkeeper with six. The record is nine, by Emily Haynam (2004) and Amber Barnes (1998).
OHIO STATE vs. MINNESOTA
Minnesota leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 8-7-1, but the Buckeyes have won five consecutive games in the series, including the last three games played in Minneapolis. Minnesota’s last win over Ohio State was in 2001, a 1-0 victory at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
A 4-1 OHIO STATE WIN LAST YEAR
Ohio State defeated Minnesota, 4-1, last year on a cold and rainy day in Columbus behind two goals by Lisa Collison and one apiece from Keiana Mitchell and Lisa Grubb. Ohio State extended a 1-0 halftime lead to 4-0 before the Golden Gophers scored in the 84th minute. Collison’s first goal was a rebound off her own penalty kick. Mitchell converted from a goal-mouth scramble. Collison received a long through ball from Caitlin Colfer to give Ohio State a commanding 3-0 lead in the 67th minute.
AN UPSET AT THE ROBBIE IN ’05
Ohio State upset 24th ranked Minnesota, 1-0, in 2005 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on a Lisa Collison goal with 31 seconds to play in the second overtime. Carla Arbulu and Lara Dickenmann assisted on the goal.
OHIO STATE vs. IOWA
Ohio State holds a 6-3-1 series advantage against Iowa and has won three consecutive games including 4-1 and 2-0 wins in Iowa City in 2004 and 2006, respectively. The teams played to a draw in 2003, 1-1. Iowa’s last win over Ohio State came at Jesse Owens in 2002, 3-1.
A 2-0 BUCKEYE WIN IN 2006
Lara Dickenmann scored at the 23-minute mark of the first half, Lisa Collison added an insurance goal at the 67-minute mark and Ohio State’s defense held Iowa without a shot on goal in last year’s 2-0 Buckeye win in Iowa City.
COLLISON AND DICKENMANN: 14 POINTS vs. HAWKEYES
Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann have each scored at least one goal in each of the past three games against Iowa and they have combined to score 14 points total against the Hawkeyes in those games. Collison has scored three goals, including two in the 3-0 win in 2005, and Dickenmann has three goals and two assists.
BUCKEYES: 9 WINS vs. TEAMS WITH 72-39-18 RECORD
Ohio State’s 9-5-0 record this season has come against a schedule that is loaded with teams that are nationally ranked or among the top teams in their respective conferences. Consider:
- Ohio State’s 2007 opponents have won 60 percent of their games with a combined record of 72-39-18.
- Four teams North Carolina, San Diego, Louisville and Wright State have at least 10 wins.
- Two others Illinois and St. Louis have eight wins and Duke has seven.
1,069 AVERAGE PER BIG TEN GAME
Ohio State is averaging 794 fans per game at home (3rd in the Big Ten) in all games this season, but that number jumps to 1,069 fans per game in three Big Ten games.
Ohio State is averaging 14.6 shots (5th in the Big Ten), 1.50 goals (6th) and 1.71 assists (4th) this season. Defensively, the Buckeyes moved up four places and are now 6th in the conference allowing 1.10 goals per game. The team is 4th in saves (4.43).
FRESHMEN SCORE POINTS...AND MORE GOOD STUFF
Ohio State’s freshmen class, judged No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 13 nationally by Soccer Buzz Magazine, has had a significant impact on the team. Through 14 games eight freshmen have combined to score 25 of the team’s 66 points. Seniors have scored 20 points, juniors 12 and sophomores nine. A few more notes and facts on the team:
- Lisa Collison’s two goals vs. Michigan State represent the first multi-goal game by a Buckeye in 2007. It was Collison’s seventh multi-goal game of her career.
- Ohio State’s top four point producers are senior Lara Dickenmann (12 points), junior Collison (10), sophomore Ashley Bowyer (8) and freshman Alex Burzynski (8).
- Collison, Burzynski and Dickenmann have each scored four goals to lead Ohio State in that category.
- Including last season, Ohio State has won 10-consecutive games in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, a record for consecutive wins.
- The record in Jesse Owens for consecutive wins or ties is 16, set by the great 2004 team that went 15-0-1 before losing for the first time at home.
- Collison’s 28 career goals rank fifth all-time at Ohio State.
- Bowyer has recorded assists in two-consecutive games after going seven games without a point. She and Dickenmann are tied for the team lead with four assists.
- Freshman Lauren Beachy’s assist against Michigan State was the second of her career.
- Keiana Mitchell’s assist against Michigan State was her first point this season and fifth career assist.
- Ohio State is 17-3 the past two seasons when Dickenmann scores a point.
- Dickenmann has 85 career points and trails only Lisa Grubb (95 from 2001-06).
- Dickenmann is No. 1 at Ohio State with 31 career assists.
- Collison is tied for sixth at Ohio State with 58 career points.
- Carla Arbulu is tied for 8th place at Ohio State with 13 career assists.
- A total of 14 players have scored at least one point for the Buckeyes.
- Dickenmann has scored three game-winning goals this season (vs. St. Louis, San Diego and Ohio).
- Bowyer (Butler and Pepperdine) and Collison (Illinois and Michigan State) have two game-winners with Courtney Jenkins (Wright State) and Laura Roberts (Michigan) each scoring one.
- Roberts is the ninth Buckeye to score a goal this year and the fourth freshman to score. Five players have scored at least two goals, including three freshmen: Burzynski, Courtney Jenkins and Genna Brand.
- Goalkeeper Lauren Robertson has played every minute this season.
- Ohio State’s win over San Diego was the 150th in 15 years of women’s soccer at OSU.
BUCKEYES BUCK OVERTIME TREND
The Buckeyes have done a 180-degree turn in overtime contests. The team has reversed its fortune in overtime contests. Heading into this season, Ohio State had not won an overtime game since the 2003 season, going 0-6-6 and with losses in its last three overtime contests. No one on this team had even been part of an OSU overtime win, but that has all changed this year. Consider:
- MAC Hermann Trophy and All-America candidate Lara Dickenmann scored the game winner with 6:20 play in the second overtime for a 3-2 win over St. Louis in the second game of the season. Senior Carla Arbulu assisted on the play.
- Dickenmann scored another game winner against Ohio in Game 6, scoring unassisted in the 104th minute to give OSU a 2-1 win.
- And Friday against Illinois, Lisa Collison received a lovely against-the-flow pass from Dickenmann and drove home the game-winner in the 108th minute for a 2-1 Ohio State win.
OHIO STATE IS 9-0-0 AT HOME
Ohio State opened the season 6-0-0 for the first time n the program’s 15-year history. All of the games were at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team has since added three more wins at home to improve to 9-0-0 (Big Ten wins over Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State). In the process of building the unbeaten mark at home this year, the Buckeyes have outscored the opposition, 20-4, out-shot them, 156-90, and had 27 more corner kicks 55-28. Goalkeeper Lauren Robertson has been in net for all the games and has recorded six shutouts. The other three contests were double-overtime affairs a 3-2 win over St. Louis, a 2-1 win over Ohio and a 2-1 win over Illinois.
HEAD COACH LORI WALKER
Ohio State’s Lori Walker is in her 11th season as head coach of the Buckeyes. She started with the program in 1996 and has coached the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Tournament championships 2002 and 2004 and into the NCAA Championship field three times (consecutively between 2002-04). In 2004 she guided the Buckeyes to their finest season ever: a 19-4-3 record, champion of the Big Ten Tournament and three NCAA tournament wins before losing to UCLA in the elite eight, 1-0. Walker is 118-87-15 at Ohio State and 131-110-16 all-time. She was head coach at Kansas for two seasons prior to coming to Ohio State.
BOWYER AND DICKENMANN MAKE ALL-CLASSIC TEAM
Ashley Bowyer, a sophomore midfielder, and Lara Dickenmann were each selected to the 11-player Duke adidas Classic all-tournament team. Dickenmann had the Buckeyes’ only goal of the tournament, a bender that tied the score with Duke in the second half. Amanda Ball set Dickenmann up for the score. Bowyer’s play was terrific. Head coach Lori Walker: “Ashley Bowyer played extremely well in the midfield and made a difference.”
DICKENMANN NAMED TO HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
Senior tri-captain Lara Dickenmann has been named to the preseason watch list for the Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer. Dickenmann also has been named to MajorLeagueSoccer Magazine’s preseason All-America team. MLS is a new soccer publication that debuted in July.
ROBERTSON NAMED BIG TEN’S BEST; SOCCER BUZZ ELITE TEAM MEMBER
Three shutout victories, 13 saves made plus an assist netted sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Robertson the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week award Sept. 10 and also a spot on Soccer Buzz Magazine’s Elite Team of the Week. The Buckeyes defeated Wright State, Pepperdine and San Diego. Robertson’s week included a sterling, seven-save performance in Ohio State’s win over 24th-ranked San Diego.
ARBULU NAMED TO ELITE TEAM OF THE WEEK
Carla Arbulu was named to Soccer Buzz Magazine’s first Elite Team of the Week for 2007 (Sept. 3). The forward/defender from Grover Beach, Calif., recorded five points in OSU wins over Butler and St. Louis. Arbulu notched two assists in the season-opening win over Butler and then tallied a goal and an assist on Lara Dickenmann’s game winner in the second overtime in the 3-2, victory over St. Louis.
COLLISON, DICKENMANN AND BOWYER ARE NATIONAL TEAM MEMBERS
Lisa Collison was a member Team Canada’s U-20 national team and Lara Dickenmann is a member of the Swiss National Team. The two international stars tied for the OSU team lead last year with 23 points apiece. In addition, Ashley Bowyer has played three games with the U.S. U-20 squad.
OSU: 39-7-5 AT JESSE OWENS LAST FOUR YEARS
This is the ninth season that Ohio State has played its home games in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are 58-22-7 all-time at Jesse Owens and in the last four seasons they are an impressive 39-7-5 at home (.833). Ohio State has also won 10 consecutive matches at JOMS. The team’s last loss at home was to Michigan on Oct. 22, 2006.
BUCKS TO HOST BIG TEN’S PRESEASON TOP 3
Ohio State will host all three teams that were ranked ahead of it in the Big Ten preseason poll. In addition to hosting Illinois Sept. 28, Ohio State will host Purdue Oct. 28 and the regular-season ending Penn State contest is set for Nov. 2. Ohio State also hosts 9-1-2 Indiana Oct. 26.
OHIO STATE PROGRAM HISTORY
Ohio State has had a women’s soccer program since 1993, making this season the 15th in school history. The program’s all-time record is 154-124-18.