Women's Soccer To Battle No. 4 Penn State, Evansville
Oct. 23, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team (7-7-1 overall, 4-4-1 in the Big Ten) plays host to No. 4 Penn State and Evansville at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this weekend. The OSU-PSU match is at 7 p.m. Friday and is important to the seeding the Buckeyes will receive in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes and Purple Aces square off at 2 p.m. Sunday.
"We have to play the way we know we can this weekend," Lori Walker, OSU head coach, said. "Penn State and Evansville are both tough teams and we have to play well. These matches will help determine where we finish in the Big Ten and possibly help us get into the NCAA tournament."
COMING ON STRONG
"We have a young team," Walker said. "At the beginning, we were full of adrenaline and then we hit a lull. You really need your older players to step up in that lull and be leaders but, at that time, we had a few injuries. Now that everyone is back together and on the same page, we are peaking at the right time."
"Brooke Thomas is back in at midfield and that really solidifies our lineup both on the offensive and defensive end," Walker said. "She is a natural leader and does a very nice job organizing the midfielders. Since Brooke has been starting, we have not lost a game. I would contribute some of that to her and her organization."
MOVING ON UP
"There is such parity in the league right now that we could finish anywhere from fourth to eighth in the conference," Walker said. "We would like to be a four or five seed because we might get a chance to play a team that we should have beaten in the regular season and did not. Our team is peaking at the right time and doing well in the last three matches at home. Picking up a couple of wins at the Big Ten tournament could help us into the field of 64."
WALKER AT THE HELM
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Welsh, a two-time All-American, has scored 16 goals and 10 assists (42 points) to set the all-time career record in all three categories with 60, 31 and 151, respectively. Drummond is second in scoring with 26 points (11G, 4A).
Oleksiuk, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, has allowed only 12 goals and made 38 saves. She has shut out PSU's opponents five times and is 12-2-1 on the year.
BUCKEYES VS. NITTANY LIONS
WALKER ON PENN STATE
"We have a lot of respect for Penn State all over the field. They are a very solid team. The thing I like most about playing such a talanted team is we get a chance to see where we are and have progressed.
Kristin Prom (5G, 4A) and Tracye Burch (4G, 6A) lead the offense with 14 points each. Prom is tied for the team lead in goals with five and Burch's six helpers is a team best. Goalkeeper Katie Howard has made 57 saves, allowed 16 goals and has four shutouts.
BUCKEYES VS. PURPLE ACES
WALKER ON EVANSVILLE
Joining Grubb in the Top 10 conference goal scorers is Lindsay Eckles. Eckles is seventh with six.
Jen Heaney is fourth in the conference with a goals against average of 0.39.
"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 seven 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
LAST TIME OUT
In the weekend opener with Northwestern, Jen Miller converted a penalty kick to put the Buckeyes ahead, 1-0, in the 23rd minute. Lindsay Eckles helped create the score. While trying to get in behind the defense, Eckles was tripped in the box and OSU was awarded a penalty kick. A strong defense and four saves by Jen Heaney secured the shutout win for the Buckeyes.
On Sunday, Heaney and Wisconsin's Kelly Conway tallied three and eight saves, respectively, as the teams played to a 0-0 tie in double overtime. Lisa Grubb led the offense with three shots on goal and Eckles and Emily Thorpe each had two.
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