It's crunch time in the Big Ten
Oct. 18, 2011
Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State (8-6-1 overall, 3-3-1 in the Big Ten) returns to the road this weekend for a pair of crucial Big Ten conference matches. The Buckeyes visit Michigan (9-5-2, 4-3-1) Friday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. On Sunday, Ohio State plays at Michigan State (12-4-0, 5-3-0) in a noon contest.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN The Wolverines are 9-5-2 this season, and 4-3-1 in Big Ten play. Nkem Ezurike leads UM in scoring with 25 points, on 10 goals and five assists, both team bests. Clare Stachel has added 13 points. In goal, Haley Kopmeyer has played every minute this season, notching 95 saves. Michigan leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 12-8-2.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE Michigan State is 12-4-0 to date and 5-3 in the Big Ten. Laura Heyboer (38 points) leads the Spartans in scoring, followed by Olivia Stander (30 points). Jill Flietstra has recorded 60 saves in goal for MSU. Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan State 9-8-0.
AGAINST NEBRASKA The Ohio State women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska took the lead in the 12th minute on an own goal when a Cornhusker defender came up the right wing and tried to play a through ball to forward Morgan Marlborough but the ball deflected off an Ohio State defender and past goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner.
However, the Buckeyes were able to put continuous pressure on Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stevens and tallied the equalizer in the 27th minute on the third goal of the season by Lauren Granberg. Kiiri Kuld played a cross into the box that was flicked on by Paige Maxwell and the junior forward finished into an empty net from six yards out.
Kuld had an opportunity of her own less than three minutes later but her lofted shot from the left side of the box was saved off the line by a Nebraska defender as the teams went into the half deadlocked.
Ohio State held an 18-5 advantage in shots, including 10-2 on goal, in the first half. The Buckeyes also recorded five corner kicks to one for the Cornhuskers.
Nebraska then took the lead in the 51st minute when Marlborough controlled a loose ball in the box and finished from eight yards out. Liz Sullivan almost knotted it up again in the 57th minute but her shot from the top of the box hit the crossbar and deflected out of play.
The Cornhuskers added to their lead in the 72nd minute when Marlborough tracked down another loose ball behind the Buckeye defense and beat Baumgardner from six yards out on a one on one breakaway.
Danielle Scoliere tallied her first goal of the season for the Buckeyes in the 81st minute, finding the back of the net after controlling a loose ball in the box but that's as close as Ohio State would get. The Buckeyes held a 26-14 advantage in shots, including 14-8 on goal.
AGAINST IOWA The Ohio State women's soccer team fell to Iowa, 1-0, Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes controlled much of the physical contest during the scoreless first half. Ohio State had its first scoring opportunity only three minutes into the game, when a shot by Lauren Granberg was blocked and a rebound opportunity by Paige Maxwell was saved by Iowa goalkeeper Emily Moran. In the 10th minute, a header by Maxwell hit the post and the rebound shot by Granberg was saved by Moran.
In the first half, Ohio State outshot Iowa 7-4, although the Hawkeyes led in corner kicks 4-3.
The Hawkeyes scored the lone goal of the contest in the 56th minute when Alex Melin headed in a Morgan Showalter corner from 6 yards out. Ohio State recorded a couple late chances but was unable to tally the equalizer.
IN THE BIG TEN Now into its 19th season of conference play, Ohio State holds a 78-80-13 all-time record in Big Ten competition. The Buckeyes are 10-6-2 in Big Ten home openers and 8-5-1 in conference home debuts under Lori Walker.
The Buckeyes are 6-10-3 in Big Ten openers and 2-14-3 in Big Ten road openers overall; under Lori Walker, they are 6-6-3 in Big Ten openers and 2-10-3 in Big Ten road openers
Ohio State is 54-30-7 all-time in Big Ten games in Columbus, and 46-26-6 at home under Lori Walker. Ohio State is 36-60-7 all-time in Big Ten road games, and 33-45-7 on the road in Big Ten games under Lori Walker.
The Buckeyes are 11-14-2 away from home in conference play over the last four seasons. The Buckeyes won the 2010 regular season Big Ten title and the 2002 and 2004 Big Ten tournament championships.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT Eight teams will qualify for the 2011 Big Ten women's soccer championship tournament, to be held November 2-6 at Northwestern. Matches will be played in a single-elimination format on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; the winner receives the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA championship field.
200 BUCKEYE WINS With the 2-1 win over Illinois, Ohio State posted its 200th win in program history. Since women's soccer became a varsity sport in 1993, Ohio State has an overall record of 202-155-28. Some of the previous milestone wins in Buckeye history:
1st 1-0 vs. Dayton (1993) 25th 4-1 vs. St. John's (1996) 50th 4-0 vs. Purdue (1998) 100th 3-1 vs. Coastal Carolina (2003) 150th 2-1 in 2OT vs. Illinois (2007) 200th 2-1 vs. Illinois (2011)
IN OVERTIME Ohio State is now 1-0-1 in overtime contests this season. The 1-0 double-overtime win over Ohio University was Ohio State's first overtime decision of the 2011 campaign; the Buckeyes played to a 1-1 draw at Minnesota. All-time, Ohio State is 25-16-25 in overtime games, and 7-3-18 in double overtime contests.
NON-CONFERENCE PLAY The Buckeyes concluded non-conference play with the match versus Dayton. In 2011, Ohio State posted a 5-3 record against its non-conference opponents, with wins over Xavier, Radford, Wright State, West Virginia and Ohio, and losses to No. 1 North Carolina, No. 24 Dayton and at Missouri.
IN OCTOBER The Buckeyes are 87-65-6 all-time in matches played in October; under Lori Walker, they are 70-48-6 in October. At home, Ohio State is 57-24-3 during that month (45-17-3 under Walker). The Buckeyes are 30-41-3 away from Columbus all-time (25-31-3 under Walker).
THE COACHING STAFF Ohio State is under the direction of 15th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to six NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 166-118-25 and her career record is 179-141-26.
Greg Miller is in his fourth season as associate head coach and 11th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2011 season marks the fourth campaign for assistant coach Glen Tourville; former team manager Spencer Bownas serves as a volunteer coach this season.
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATES Seven Buckeyes are listed on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America regional ballot for 2011. Those players must have at least a 3.30 overall GPA in their second year of collegiate studies. Representing Ohio State are: Katie Baumgardner, Colleen Brady, Megan Fuller, Lauren Granberg, Danielle Scoliere, Liz Sullivan and Aly Walker. First-team all-region selections are moved along to the national ballot.
A "NEW" HOME FIELD Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is sporting a new playing surface this season. Now a 100% Kentucky Bluegrass surface, the sod from the Tuckahoe Sod Farm was put down in July after work to the drainage, sprinkler and conduit systems underneath. Some more "stats" about the home of the Buckeyes:
- The home team is 89-37-11 all-time. - Ohio State is 70-20-9 since 2003 and 45-15-5 since 2006. - The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009 and were 9-2-2 in 2010.
SCOLIERE, MAXWELL IN TOP DRAWER TOP 20 Top Drawer Soccer has ranked its top 20 players by conference thus far for the 2011 season. Buckeyes Paige Maxwell and Danielle Scoliere are listed among the best of the Big Ten through the midpoint of the campaign.
BAUMGARDNER PLAYER OF WEEK Goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner earned OSU's first Big Ten player of the week honors, being selected as defensive player of the week for her work against Illinois and Northwestern. The senior tallied nine saves while allowing just one goal over the weekend, recording a season-high seven saves in win over the Illini.
MAXWELL ON MAC HERMANN LIST Forward Paige Maxwell has been named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list. The senior from Medina, Ohio, is the reigning Offensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten after leading the Buckeyes and tying for second in the conference with 10 goals, including five game-winners, while adding a pair of assists. The 2010 NSCAA third team All-American has led the team in goals in each of her three seasons and ranks seventh in program history with 24 career goals. It marks the third time in program history that a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007 and Cassie Dickerson was chosen in 2010. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer. Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists. BUCKEYES PICKED SECOND IN BIG TEN Ohio State was picked by Big Ten head coaches to finish second in the conference this season. Penn State garnered the top spot in the preseason poll, followed by the Buckeyes, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Each team was a 2010 NCAA tournament team; it marks the ninth-consecutive season the Nittany Lions were picked to win the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes, returning eight starters from their Big Ten co-champion and NCAA College Cup team a year ago, also had 2010 NSCAA third team All-American Paige Maxwell, co-captain Danielle Scoliere and Danica Wu named Players to Watch by the Big Ten.
CANADIAN CONNECTION Ohio State has received fully 60% of its offense (12-20 goals) this season from North of the Border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (5 goals), Lauren Granberg (3), Kiiri Kuld (2) and Danica Wu (2) have led the charge on the net, as well as contributing six assists.
CLIMBING CAREER RANKINGS Senior Paige Maxwell has moved to seventh place on the Ohio State all-time list in career points (62), and is now seventh in career goals scored (26). She ranks eighth in career shots (179). Junior Tiffany Cameron is now 12th in career goals (16) and 13th in career points scored (41). Junior Lauren Granberg ranks 14th in career goals (13), 16th in career points (32) and 13th in career shots (131). Here's a look at the Ohio State record book:
CAREER GOALS TOTAL YEARS 1. Lisa Grubb 35 2001-06 Lisa Collison 35 2005-08 3. Lisa Suttmiller 30 1994-97 4. Tiffany Tisdale 29 1994-97 Lindsay Eckles 29 1999-02 6. Lara Dickenmann 27 2004-07 7. Paige Maxwell 26 2008-11 8. Jodie Stranges 24 1994-97 9. Colleen Hoban 23 2002-04 10. Becky Borchers 22 1995-98 11. Danielle Dietrich 19 2002-05 12. Katy Traeger 16 1996-99 Tiffany Cameron 16 2009-11 14. Lauren Granberg 13 2009-11 15. Ashley Bowyer 10 2006-09 Jill Baker 10 1994-95 Lori Helle 10 1994-96 Elizabeth Mumley 10 2001-04
CAREER ASSISTS TOTAL YEARS 1. Lara Dickenmann 35 2004-07 2. Lisa Grubb 25 2001-06 3. Lisa Suttmiller 23 1994-97 4. Lauren Steuer 18 2006-10 5. Emily Thorpe 17 1998-01 6. Ashley Bowyer 16 2006-09 7. Jen Miller 15 1999-02 Danielle Dietrich 15 2002-05 9. Colleen Hoban 14 2002-04 10. Lauren Beachy 13 2007-10 Katy Traeger 13 1996-99 Elizabeth Mumley 13 2001-04 Carla Arbulu 13 2004-07 13. Paige Harrison 12 2001-04 Melissa Miller 12 2002-06 15. Caitlin Colfer 11 2005-08 Becky Borchers 11 1995-98
CAREER POINTS TOTAL (G-A) YEARS 1. Lisa Grubb 95 (35-25) 2001-06 2. Lara Dickenmann 89 (27-35) 2004-07 3. Lisa Suttmiller 83 (30-23) 1994-97 4. Lisa Collison 80 (35-10) 2005-08 5. Lindsay Eckles 68 (29-10) 1999-02 6. Tiffany Tisdale 67 (29-9) 1994-97 7. Paige Maxwell 62 (26-10) 2008-11 8. Jodie Stranges 58 (24-10) 1994-97 9. Colleen Hoban 56 (21-14) 2002-04 10. Becky Borchers 55 (22-11) 1995-98 11. Danielle Dietrich 53 (19-15) 2002-05 12. Katy Traeger 45 (16-13) 1996-99 13. Tiffany Cameron 41 (16-9) 2009-11 14. Emily Thorpe 37 (10-17) 1998-01 15. Ashley Bowyer 36 (10-16) 2006-09 16. Lauren Granberg 32 (13-6) 2009-11 17. Elizabeth Mumley 31 (10-11) 2001-04 18. Lauren Steuer 28 (5-18) 2006-10 19. Melissa Miller 26 (7-12) 2003-06 20. Katie Martorella 25 (9-7) 1996-99 Heather Miller 25 (9-7) 2001-04
CAREER SHOTS TOTAL YEARS 1. Lisa Grubb 325 2001-06 2. Lindsay Eckles 250 1999-02 3. Lara Dickenmann 294 2004-07 4. Danielle Dietrich 214 2002-05 5. Lisa Suttmiller 204 1994-97 Lisa Collison 204 2005-08 7. Tiffany Tisdale 202 1994-97 8. Jodie Stranges 179 1994-97 Paige Maxwell 179 2008-11 10. Becky Borchers 168 1995-98 11. Ashley Bowyer 149 2006-09 12. Emily Thorpe 136 1998-01 13. Lauren Granberg 131 2009-11 14. Katie Martorella 122 1996-99 15. Katy Traeger 120 1996-99
WINNINGEST SENIOR CLASS The 2011 senior class is trying to make its mark as the winningest four-year group in Buckeye history. The current seniors have 47 career wins since the beginning of the 2008 campaign. Members of the 2011 Buckeye senior class are Katie Baumgardner, Colleen Brady, Lauren Cusick, Caitlyn Martin, Paige Maxwell, Taylor Moront, Danielle Scoliere, Liz Sullivan and Brooke Taylor. The senior classes with the most career victories in Ohio State history:
51 wins: 2010 49 wins: 2006 48 wins: 1999, 2007
Scoliere is a captain for the second consecutive season after appearing in 61 games, making 34 starts, over her first three seasons. The Dublin, Ohio, native has primarily been an outside back for the Buckeyes but has been able to move up and provide an offensive spark because of her speed and work rate. She is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Sullivan, from Powell, Ohio, played in all 24 games as an outside back as a junior last season, scoring a pair of goals and adding five assists. A quick and talented defender who can also move up to the midfield, Sullivan scored her first career goal, a game-winner, last season in a 2-0 win over Pitt. Sullivan is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Granberg, from Edmonton, Alberta, was third on the team in scoring last season, tallying four goals and five assists while appearing in all 24 games. She is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
A LOOK BACK AT 2010 Ohio State advanced to its first-ever College Cup in 2010, reaching the NCAA semifinals after winning the Big Ten regular-season championship. With its record of 17-5-2, the 2010 team has recorded the second-most wins in program history behind the 2004 squad's 19 wins. The Buckeyes' 14-4-1 regular season was also the second best in school history.
ON BTN Three Ohio State women's soccer contests will be televised live this fall as part of the Big Ten Network (BTN) autumn schedule. The Buckeyes' road games at Minnesota and Wisconsin will be shown live on national television, as will Senior Day activities from Columbus when Ohio State hosts Indiana. BTN.com will also be live streaming the Sept. 29 match from Penn State, as well as the home matches with Iowa (Oct. 14) and Nebraska (Oct. 16). The complete BTN broadcast schedule can be found at www.BigTenNetwork.com.
Ohio State concludes the 2011 regular season at home Sunday, October 30, hosting Indiana in a 1 p.m. Senior Day contest that will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
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