Women's Soccer Hosts Minnesota in Regular-Season Finale
Oct. 25, 2006
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team will host Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the final week of Big Ten Conference regular-season action.
The Buckeyes (9-7-1; 4-5-0 Big Ten) are seventh in the Big Ten standings with 12 points and the Golden Gophers (8-8-2; 1-7-1 Big Ten) are tied for 10th with four points.
Only the Top 8 eight squads of the 11-team conference qualify for play in the Big Ten Tournament. Hosted by Penn State University, the Big Ten Tournament is Nov. 2-5 at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa.
CLOSING IT OUT
Midfielder Kaitlin Wagner (4g, 5a) and forward Lindsey Schwartz (5g, 3a) lead the Gophers in points with 13 a piece. Receiving most of the time in net for Minnesota is Lindsey Dare. Playing 1076:10 minutes, Dare has yielded eight goals for a goals-against average of 0.67. Dare has made 90 saves for a save percentage of .918 and owns a record of 6-3-2.
Head coach for Minnesota is Mikki Denney Wright. In her third season with the Gophers, Wright has compiled a career and Minnesota record of 25-26-4.
BUCKEYES VS. GOLDEN GOPHERS
POINTS AGAINST GOPHERS
PICK YOUR POISON
Ohio State's leading scorer this season is Lara Dickenmann with 21 points (2004 leading scorer with 38 points), while Ohio State's leading scorers from 2005, 2002 and 2001 are still with the Buckeyes, including Lisa Grubb (25 points in 2001, 17 points in 2002) and Lisa Collison (29 points in 2005). Of Ohio State's 78 points this season (25 goals, 28 assists), that trio has combined to provide 52 of them.
Ohio State has won every match Dickenmann has recorded at least one point in, except the Indiana and Michigan contests.
HEADING IT IN
IN THE BIG TEN
Tallying her seventh assist of the season against Michigan Oct. 22, Lara Dickenmann took sole possession of the No. 1 spot in assists in the Big Ten Conference standings. Dickenmann is notching 0.41 assists per game, also good for first in the league. Dickenmann has scored 21 points on the season, a Big Ten best and her 1.24 points per game is second, behind teammate Lisa Collison, who is scoring 1.27 points per contest. Finally, Dickenmann has scored seven goals in 2006, a tie for fifth place. Collison is tied for first in the conference in goals scored with nine and her 0.60 goals per game is first. Lisa Grubb, second on the team in assists with six, is tied for second in the league in assists and assists per game (0.35).
BIG TEN RECORD
MAKE IT 100
Walker's Buckeye career record is 108-81-15 in 10-plus seasons at Ohio State.
HATS OFF TO YOU
ADD TO THE COLLECTION
The award by Top Drawer Soccer is the second of Collison's career. The sophomore earned the weekly honor this time last year (Oct. 3, 2005) after tallying a three-goal weekend vs. Illinois (Sept. 30) and Iowa (Oct. 2).
Dickenmann collected the first two of her six points against the Hawkeyes, scoring one of two goals in the Buckeyes' 2-0 win. Dickenmann returned to action against the Fighting Illini and scored both OSU goals in the team's 2-0 victory.
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Prior to Barnes, only Stacey Smith (1993 and 1995) tallied consecutive shutouts in the first two games of a season.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute after Lara Dickenmann fed Collison the ball which the midfielder fired past MSU goalkeeper Nicole Galas from the 6-yard box. The goal was Collison's ninth of the season, bringing her point total to 19 (1 assist).
The Scarlet and Gray upped its lead to 2-0 and the eventual final when Grubb tallied her third goal of the season in the 58th minute. Grubb placed the ball in the left hand corner of the net from the 6-yard box off a pass from Dickenmann. With two assists on the night, Dickenmann scored her team-leading 20th point of the season off seven goals and six assists.
OSU goalkeeper Lauren Robertson and the Buckeye defense notched their sixth shutout of the year. Robertson made five saves, while Galas had 12 stops. Ohio State doubled up Michigan State, 22-11, in shots, including 14 on goal for the Buckeyes and five on goal for the Spartans. OSU held the corner kicks advantage, 3-1.
The Buckeyes, who held a 22-10 shot advantage in the match, got on the board first in the 36th minute when Smith headed the ball into the net off of Dickenmann's corner kick.
A foul by OSU near the end line in the final seconds of the first half gave the Wolverines an indirect free kick, taken by Melissa Dobbyn. Dobbyn found Kristin Thomas in the 6-yard box and Thomas was able to get the ball past OSU keeper Lauren Robertson to even the game at 1-all.
Ohio State took a series of shots in the second half that nearly gave them a 2-1 lead, but the attempts either went just wide or high, including consecutive Dickenmann shots that just cleared the crossbar with 20:14 and 18:03 remaining in the game. With the game even at 1-1, as time expired in regulation, the game went into an extra session.
It was in the 96th minute of overtime Dobbyn drove the ball into the top left corner of the net from the top of the 18-yard box to give Michigan the win. Kristin Thomas was on the assist.
For the match, Ohio State held the corner kicks advantage, 6-2. Robertson made two stops and Michigan keeper Megan Tuura made seven saves.