No. 16 Ohio State Women's Soccer Hosts No. 5 Penn State, Travels to Loyola
Oct. 21, 2003
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Columbus, Ohio - The No. 16/21 Ohio State women's soccer team (10-2-3, 4-2-3) looks to close out the 2003 home schedule unbeaten as it plays host to No. 5/12 Penn State Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes will seek their first unbeaten record at home in program history, while also attempting to claim a second straight win over the Nittany Lions in Columbus.
The Buckeyes resume play Monday afternoon with a trip to Chicago for a bout with the Loyola Ramblers. The match is set for a 2 p.m. kickoff (EST).
LAST WEEK: OSU POSTS TWO SHUTOUTS IN WEEKEND SWEEP
The Buckeyes used first and second half tallies to top the Badgers Friday night. Freshman Melissa Miller had a hand in both goals as she struck for her second score of the year in the first half and assisted on a Colleen Hoban goal in the second.
Ohio State continued its defensive dominance Sunday, shutting out the Golden Gophers, allowing just one shot on goal and zero corner kicks. Minnesota extended the Buckeyes to overtime, where junior Kathy Fulk took a feed from Hoban inside the 6-yard box and buried the game-winner in the 96th minute.
BUCKEYES OFF TO BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY
The previous best start to a season came in 1996 when the Buckeyes began the year with 11 wins opposed to four losses, which served as a .733 win percentage.
Melissa Miller NAMED BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Melissa Miller 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.
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.
BUCKEYES AMONG NATIONAL TOP 25
The Buckeyes also moved up in the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll to the No. 3 slot also following Notre Dame and Illinois.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
The Buckeyes boast a 4-2 record in their last six meetings with ranked teams.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Buckeyes have dominated the Jesse Owens Stadium scoreboard, holding a 21-4 advantage in goals, while also dominating the corner kick department by an astounding 107-43 ledger. Included in the corner kick advantage are three contests - Youngstown State, Iowa and Minnesota - where the Buckeyes have held their opponents to zero corner kick opportunities.
The OSU defense has thrived when protecting its goal at JOMS as the unit boasts an 0.44 goals against average in leading Ohio State to a 3-0-2 mark in conference home games.
The Buckeyes are on pace to shatter the old mark of 19 goals allowed in a season by the 1996 and 1998 teams, as the Buckeyes have allowed just nine goals in 15 matches, which projects to less than 11 goals in Ohio State's 17 regular season matches.
Ohio State also enjoys a 120-71 advantage in shots on goal.
Overall, the Ohio State defense has allowed just 0.60 goals per game, as 14 of their 15 opponents have been held to no more than one goal in a single contest.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are led by two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the week Tiffany Weimer. Weimer, a sophomore forward, has netted 13 goals, six assists and 32 points this season. She also has tallied four game-winning goals on the year. Last season, Weimer was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as a Big Ten All-Freshman team selection.
The goalkeeper for the Nittany Lions is sophomore Amanda Brown. Brown has tallied 28 saves, a 1.00 GAA, eight wins, and seven shutouts. Against Wisconsin this past Sunday, Brown tallied her fifth blanking of the Big Ten season.
Paula Wilkins is in her third season as the head coach for Penn State. Wilkins has a 50-10-4 record at Penn State which includes finishing last year as the regular season conference champions.
Prior to becoming head coach in 2001, Wilkins was the top assistant for the Nittany Lions for six seasons.
LAST SEASON: BUCKEYES FALL IN STATE COLLEGE
A LOOK AT LOYOLA
The Ramblers are led by freshman forward Mary Dale who has tallied six goals and 13 points. Dale also garners three game-winning goals.
The Ramblers are led by ninth year head coach Brendan Eitz. Eitz was named head coach in 1995 and has coached 12 all-league players, including four first-team selections. Among other accolades, Eitz's squad won the 1998 Midwestern Collegiate Conference title.
Eitz is a 1994 graduate of Loyola.
BUCKEYES-RAMBLERS FIRST MEETING
Ohio State already has seen action against two other teams from the Horizon League this season. The Buckeyes beat Youngstown State 7-0 on Sept. 21 and topped Wright State 4-0 on Aug. 29.
OVERTIME OVER AND OVER AGAIN
The 1994 team posted a 1-2-2 mark on those matches. Thus far in 2003, Ohio State is 1-0-3, upping its all-time record in overtime matches to 13-8-12.
SUCCESS WHEN STRIKING EARLY
The Buckeyes have enjoyed a lead at halftime in eight of the 15 contests this season and have walked away with a win in seven occasions. The Iowa contest once again serves as the only flaw on Ohio State's 7-0-1 ledger when leading at the half.
In addition to Dietrich's effort, Freshman Jackie Lafond set a career-high with two goals in the Youngstown State win.
Junior midfielder Emily Gilbert fueled Ohio State's 3-1 win over Coastal Carolina with her first two-goal performance of her career, as the Cincinnati native netted a header in both the first and second halves the contest. Gilbert also set a career-best in assists in one game, as she played a hand on three scores in the 4-1 triumph at Wright State.
Fellow junior Liz Mumley also established a career-high when she netted two goals in the Buckeye win over Wright State on August 31.
In the first match of the season, Ohio State junior Lisa Grubb posted two goals in Ohio State's 4-1 win over Indiana State en route to being named Big Ten offensive player of the week for Sept. 1.
Junior Paige Harrison leads the conference in assists per game with 0.58, while freshman Staci Sinkway's 0.82 goals against average is good enough for fourth among Big Ten goalkeepers in conference play only.
Included in Ohio State's offensive dominance is an 36-11 advantage in assists.
KEEPER BY COMMITTEE
Leading the way is Sinkway, who has logged over 618 minutes and has posted a 3-2-1 record, including a shutout. Sinkway has posted a sparkling GAA of 0.58. She also leads her teammates with 29 saves and a save percentage of .879.
Haynam has started 10 of the 15 contests played this season and posts a 0.63 GAA with 27 saves and a .871 save percentage, while collecting four wins vs. no losses and two ties.
Heaney, who has started two games this season, has claimed three victories and has allowed zero goals and posts a stellar 0.00 GAA. Heaney also has seen action in the Buckeye frontline.
BUCKEYES PLAY FULL 90
Ohio State has posted near-identical first and second half combined figures in several other categories, as the Buckeyes have totaled 122 of their 244 shots in the second half. In addition, Ohio State has nearly split its corner kick opportunities right down the middle, as the Buckeyes have fired 48 in the first stanza and 57 in the second period.