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."