Oct. 20, 2003
Columbus, Ohio-Ohio State freshman Melissa Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Colerain) was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Monday after helping the 16th -ranked Buckeyes remain unbeaten at home with shutout wins over Wisconsin, 2-0, and Minnesota, 1-0, this weekend at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Miller, who joins fellow Buckeye freshman Staci Sinkway (Oct. 6) and junior Lisa Grubb (Sept. 5) as conference weekly honorees, led the OSU attack in Friday's win over Wisconsin with a game-winning goal in the first half on a 35-yard blast from the right side that sailed into the Badger net. Miller later assisted on Ohio State's second goal of the night. The goal served as Miller's second on the season, while her assist was the first of her OSU career.
Sunday, she helped the Ohio State defensive unit post its seventh shutout of the season as Miller and company held the Golden Gophers to just one shot on goal and zero corner kick opportunities.
For the season, Miller has helped lead the Buckeyes to an all-time program best 0.57 goals per game, which includes a 0.44 goals against average at home.
Ohio State aims to close out the 2003 home slate with an unbeaten mark for the first time in school history as it welcomes No. 5 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.