Women's Soccer Prepares For Final Games Of The Year

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Oct. 25, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Ohio State women's soccer team (5-12-0 overall, 1-9 in the Big Ten)%^$finished the conference portion of its schedule with a 1-0 loss Friday to No. 6 Penn State at%^$State College, Pa.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes now look forward to their final two matches of season with the hopes of sending%^$their three seniors away from OSU with one last victory. Those seniors,%^$Amber Barnes (Sr., Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield), Mia Katzel (Sr., Ukiah, Calif./Ukiah) and%^$Amanda Orr (Sr., Brecksville, Ohio/Broadview Heights) have been with coach Lori Walker from%^$the beginning.%^$

%^$"They hold a really special place in my heart," Walker said. "We are sad to see them go and%^$it will be very tough to replace them."%^$

%^$Buckeye Backstop%^$

%^$After facing a total of 62 shots in two games and allowing only four goals while recording 23%^$saves, Amber Barnes has once again etched her name in the OSU record books. With 123 saves,%^$Barnes is now second on the list for saves in a single season. Leading the way is Nicole%^$Morris' 163 saves in 1994.%^$

%^$Barnes also is fourth on the same list with the 87 saves she recorded in 1997.%^$

%^$Scouting Ohio%^$

%^$The Bobcats, 9-7 overall and 7-4 in the Mid-America Conference, enter their final regular%^$season match with three-consecutive wins in which they have out-scored their MAC opponents%^$12-3. Currently the No. 5 team in the MAC, OU will look to beat its in-state rival for the%^$first time before opening MAC tournament play at Miami (OH) Oct. 31.%^$

%^$Leading the offense for first-year coach Stacy Strauss are freshman Christel Schiering and%^$junior Jen Barber.%^$

%^$Schiering leads the team with eight goals, four assists and 20 points, including a one goal,%^$one assist performance in the 7-2 defeat of Northern Illinois Sunday.%^$

%^$Barber also had a stellar performance against NIU when she scored one goal and recorded four%^$assists. She has six goals, four assist and 16 points for OU.%^$

%^$On defense for OU is junior goalkeeper Vanessa Dennis. Dennis has recorded 78 saves while%^$allowing 22 goals in 12 games. She also has shut opponents three times this year.%^$

%^$One common opponent that the Bobcats and Buckeyes have played this year was the Dayton Flyers.%^$OSU defeated the Flyers, 1-0, on Sept. 15 while OU was defeated, 3-2, on Sept. 17.%^$

%^$Walker On Ohio%^$

%^$"Being the top team in the state has been one of our goals this season and we can still%^$attain that. We beat Dayton earlier and now we have to go out and attack OU and get back%^$into our game. I think our forwards are hungry to get back to the front and score. I think%^$that if we go out and attack and play our game, we should win."%^$

%^$Ohio State vs. Ohio%^$

%^$Thursday marks only the second time that Ohio State and Ohio have met on the soccer field.%^$OSU won the only previous meeting, 3-0, on Sept. 7, 1999 in Columbus.%^$

%^$Scouting Louisville%^$

%^$The first year for coach Karen Ferguson started off on the right foot when her Cardinals%^$defeated Tennessee-Martin, 4-0, on the road. What happened the rest of the season was not as%^$desirable.%^$UL, 1-17-1 overall and 0-11 in Conference USA, has lost 17 of its last 18 games including%^$five-consecutive and has been out-scored by its opponents 70-15 this year.%^$

%^$Of those 15 goals scored by the Cardinals, junior Amber Jolley has tallied six while fellow%^$classmate Dana Edler has scored two. Jolley leads the team in goals, assists (two) and points%^$14) while Edler is second in points with five.%^$

%^$On defense is junior goalkeeper Lynn Clashman. Clashman has played in 17 of the 19 UL games%^$and has recorded 108 saves while allowing 55 goals. Clashman and backup goalkeeper Jordan%^$Fredricksen (16 saves, 15 goals against) have seen opponents take 377 shots this year. UL has%^$been limited to 143.%^$

%^$Walker On Louisville%^$

%^$"It will be a special day (Senior Day) but we can't take any opponent lightly. I know%^$Louisville would like nothing more than to end their season with a win and spoil our senior's%^$day. We have to show up and play our best game and respect the opponent. If we play well, we%^$should be able to handle them."%^$

%^$Ohio State vs. Louisville%^$

%^$The Buckeyes and the Cardinals have met four times with OSU winning all four matches. The%^$last time the teams met was Sept. 6, 1998, when the Buckeyes defeated UL, 5-0, in Louisville.%^$OSU has out-scored the Cardinals 16-4 in those four meetings.%^$

%^$Last Week%^$

%^$Ohio State traveled to State College, Pa. and lost to the No. 6 Nittany Lions of Penn State.%^$In a very defensively-minded match, OSU held the top-rated offense in the Big Ten to 21 total%^$shots, 13 of which were on goal.%^$

%^$Amber Barnes' 12 saves marked a new career-high for saves in a game as she extended her%^$streak of three-consecutive matches with double-figure saves.%^$

%^$As a team, OSU was held to zero shots and kept only one player up front while the rest played%^$defense.%^$

%^$"It was a very defensive-minded game," Walker said. "We had%^$Lindsay Eckles (So., Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) up-top by herself most of the game."%^$

%^$Senior Finals%^$

%^$With the sounding of the horn at the conclusion to the OSU-UL match Saturday, three seniors%^$will have played their final game as an Ohio State Buckeye. The Three seniors, Amber Barnes,%^$Mia Katzel and Amanda Orr, were all brought into the program by Coach Walker.%^$

%^$"This was the first class that I recruited here," Walker said. "All three of them hold a%^$special place in my heart."%^$

%^$Barnes, the Buckeyes' career leader in saves (403), shutouts recorded (21.5) and goals%^$against average (1.33), was the first recruit to join Walker.%^$

%^$Barnes also holds single-season goalkeeping records. Her 123 saves this year is the second%^$highest total for saves in a season. She aloso is third and fifth with 119 in 1998 and 87 in%^$1997, respectively. Her 1.07 goals against average in 1998 is the best ever at OSU while her%^$nine shutouts in 1998 also are tops for the Buckeyes.%^$

%^$Amanda Orr and Mia Katzel, both Academic All-Big Ten selections in 1998 and 1999 and OSU%^$Scholar Athletes from 1997-99, have played vital roles for the Buckeyes as well.%^$

%^$"Amber and Amanda have started for me all four years and have been a very significant part of%^$this program," Walker said. Mia has been a very important reserve forward and has always been%^$able to come in and give us a boost when we needed it.%^$

%^$"Everyone is sad to see them go and it will be very difficult to replace what each of them has%^$meant to us," Walker said. "They have done a great job in the time they have been here and we%^$wish them the best."