Oct. 23, 2003
Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State freshman Melissa Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Colerain) was named to the SoccerBuzz.com National Elite Team of the Week Wednesday after helping to lead the women's soccer team to consecutive shutout wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota last week. Miller, who was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Monday, scored the match-winning goal in Ohio State's 2-0 win over Wisconsin. She also as a defensive catalyst in Sunday's 1-0 victory vs. the Golden Gophers as the Buckeyes held Minnesota to just one shot on goal and zero corner kick opportunities.
Miller, who joined fellow Buckeye freshman Staci Sinkway (Oct. 6) and junior Lisa Grubb (Sept. 5) as conference weekly honorees, sparked the OSU scoring attack against Wisconsin in the first half with 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 scoring strike served as Miller's second on the season, while her assist was the first of her OSU career. Sunday, she contributed to the Ohio State defensive unit as it posted its seventh shutout of the season, while helping to lead the Buckeyes to an all-time program best 0.57 goals per game, which includes an 0.44 goals against average at home.
The complete Soccerbuzz.com National Elite Team of the Week may be viewed at http://www.soccerbuzz.com/elite2003/elite2003.htm .
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 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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