Women's Soccer Hosts Minnesota in Regular-Season Finale

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

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.

The six OSU seniors - Emily Francis, Lisa Grubb, Shannon Neely, Michelle Markus, Melissa Miller and Taylor Smith - will be honored during pregame of Ohio State's match against Minnesota.

Ohio State is out scoring and out shooting its opponents, 25-18, and 288-184, respectively. The Buckeyes also own a 101-57 corner kicks advantage.

The Buckeyes are 9-4-0 in their regular-season finales in Columbus. The Scarlet and Gray own an impressive overall record of 84-40-10 in Columbus.

Minnesota enters the match up against Ohio State with an 8-8-2 overall record and a 1-7-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference.

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.

Ohio State trails Minnesota, 6-8-1, in the all-time series, but the Buckeyes have won four of the last five matches. The Scarlet and Gray have shut out the Gophers in each of their match ups dating back to 2002.

Current members of the OSU women's soccer roster have compiled 22 points against Minnesota. Since 2001, the Buckeyes have scored seven goals for 14 points and eight assists for eight points.

Ohio State is 8-1-0 on the season when it scores first. The Buckeyes dropped their lone match of the season to Michigan in overtime Oct. 22 after scoring the first goal of the game in the first half. The Buckeyes are 6-1-0 in 2006 when they go into halftime with the lead.

Ohio State's leading scorers from the 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons have combined to be a high-powered trio this season.

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.

Midfielder Lara Dickenmann has scored at least a point in 11 of the Buckeyes' 17 games, including posting at least a point in five of the last six matches.

Ohio State has won every match Dickenmann has recorded at least one point in, except the Indiana and Michigan contests.

Senior Taylor Smith recorded her first goal of the season against Michigan. Smith helped the Buckeyes take a 1-0 lead in the first half when she headed the ball into the net off a Lara Dickenmann corner kick.

The OSU defense collected its sixth shutout of the season when it beat Michigan State, 2-0, Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Ohio State is ranked in the Top 5 in six categories. The Buckeyes are second in assists (28) and third in assists per game (.144) and shots (288). Ohio State also is fourth in points (78), goals (25) and goals per game (1.47).

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).

In 13 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a 49-62-11 conference record.

Head coach Lori Walker earned her 100th OSU win Aug. 27 when Ohio State shut out Xavier, 2-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Walker's Buckeye career record is 108-81-15 in 10-plus seasons at Ohio State.

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Lisa Grubb is the Ohio State all-time leader in goals (34), assists (25) and points (93). Grubb took over the top spot in career goals in the Buckeyes' 2004 NCAA tournament match against Tennessee. After missing the 2005 season because of injury, Grubb has returned to the lineup this season and has tallied 12 points on three goals and six assists. Grubb started the season just two points and four assists behind Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) for the all-time lead.

With her three-goal outing against Northwestern, Lisa Collison is tied for second all time for the most goals scored by a Buckeye in a game. Collison joins five former Buckeyes in the records list. Tiffany Tisdale (1994-97) owns the record with four goals against the Miami RedHawks in 1997.

Lisa Collison was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 2 after her three-goal performance vs. Northwestern Oct. 1. Collison notched a hat trick against the Wildcats, becoming the first Buckeye to do so since 2004 when former midfielders Heather Miller and Danielle Dietrich recorded three goals against Xavier and Minnesota, respectively.

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).

Lara Dickenmann was named to the SoccerBuzz.com Elite Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 9. This is Dickenmann's third elite team of the week honor.

Midfielder Lara Dickenmann was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 9 following a three-goal weekend against Iowa and No. 10 Illinois Oct. 6 and Oct. 8.

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.

True freshman Lauren Robertson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 28 following her performances vs. Kent State and Xavier. Robertson is the first OSU goalkeeper since 1998 to record two shutouts in the first two games of the season. The last Buckeye keeper to accomplish the feat was Ohio State career shutouts leader Amber Barnes (1997-2000). Barnes recorded 22 shutouts in her four-year career and opened the `98 campaign with shutout victories against Evansville (1-0) and Louisville (5-0).

Prior to Barnes, only Stacey Smith (1993 and 1995) tallied consecutive shutouts in the first two games of a season.

Two goals in a two minute span in the second half by Lisa Collison and Lisa Grubb gave Ohio State a 2-0 win over Michigan State Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten Conference victory improves the Buckeyes to 9-6-1 overall and 4-4-0 in the league, while the Spartans drop to 6-9-1 overall and 2-6-0 in the conference.

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.

Ohio State lost to Michigan, 2-1, in overtime Oct. 22 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior Taylor Smith scored for the Buckeyes and Lara Dickenmann was credited with her seventh assist of the season. The Buckeyes are 9-7-1 overall and 4-5-0 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines are 8-5-5 and 4-2-3 in the conference.

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.