Oct. 26, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - After a 3-0 setback at Penn State Friday, a loss which snapped Ohio State's 13-match unbeaten streak, the Buckeyes bounced back and defeated Loyola, 3-0, Sunday, to improve to 11-3-3 on the year. Now, Ohio State looks to end its 2004 regular season with a pair of wins as they host the Kent State Golden Flashes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Toledo Rockets at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
LAST WEEK: OSU DOWNED AT PENN STATE, TOPS LOYOLA ON SENIOR DAY
Friday in State College, Pa., Ohio State fell behind 2-0 in the early going vs. No. 3 Penn State and could not recover, suffering a 3-0 loss. The setback was Ohio State's first since an Aug. 29 loss at Washington in overtime. Lisa Grubb and Lara Dickenmann led the OSU attack, combining for nine shots and five on goal.
The Buckeyes returned home Sunday to celebrate senior day and flipped the 3-0 outcome vs. Penn State with a shutout over Loyola. Lisa Grubb and Danielle Dietrich each recorded their ninth goals of the season in the first half, while Megan Stickler tallied her first score as a Buckeye in the second period. The shutout was Ohio State's seventh of the season. Emily Haynam was credited with her career-best eighth win.
SENIORS HONORED VS. LOYOLA
Ohio State recognized its nine seniors Sunday prior to its match with Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes prevailed 3-0 over the Ramblers, moving their home record to 7-0-1 in 2004.
The seniors recognized included Kathy Fulk (F, Dublin, Ohio), Emily Gilbert (MF, Cincinnati, Ohio), Paige Harrison (D, Centerville, Ohio), Emily Haynam (GK, Westerville, Ohio), Jen Heaney (GK, Cincinnati, Ohio), Tara Latella (F, Columbus, Ohio), Heather Miller (Centerville, Ohio), Liz Mumley (Woodbridge, Va.) and Erica Nollen (D, West Chester, Ohio).
HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State has dominated its opponents at home this season, sporting a 7-0-1 mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents 26-4 in those contests and have improved their record to 14-1-3 at JOMS over the past two seasons, including a 42-8 margin over their opponents in goals.
OCT. 30 OHIO STATE-TOLEDO MATCH SET FOR 7:30 P.M.
The Ohio State Athletic Department announced the match between Ohio State and Toledo Saturday, Oct. 30 will be played at 7:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU LANDS NO. 2 SEED AS HOST OF 2004 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Despite the loss at Penn State to close the Big Ten season Oct. 22, Ohio State assured itself of the No. 2 seed as host of the 2004 tournament Nov. 4-7 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. A Michigan loss earlier that day at Michigan State locked the Buckeyes into the second seed. The Wolverines will be the No.3 seed, followed by Illinois, which played Northwestern to a tie Friday in Evanston. Purdue wrapped up a No. 7 seed with a 1-0 win at home over Indiana as well. Michigan will face the No. 6-seed Badgers, while the Illini will kick off vs. the fourth-seed Wildcats.
Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, foresees a favorable draw in the league tournament.
"Penn State is effective in the way they play," Walker said. "Their style suits their personnel well. The beauty of it is we hope to face them again in the tournament. We are the No. 2 seed and in the opposite side of the bracket. It is the highest finish for Ohio State in the Big Ten. I am pleased with our record and performance this season. The Big Ten tournament is a grueling series of matches and I am pleased with our seed."
2004 Big Ten Tournament
Seeds and Pairings - Quarterfinals
Nov. 4, 2004 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
No. 1 Penn State vs. No. 8 Indiana at 10:30 a.m.
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Purdue
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 6 Northwestern
No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 5 Wisconsin
OHIO STATE PLACES SECOND IN BIG TEN STANDINGS, CLUB'S BEST FINISH
Despite the loss Friday at No. 3 Penn State, Ohio State benefited from a Michigan loss at Michigan State and earned second place in the Big Ten with an all-time program-best 6-1-3 mark in league action. The Buckeyes previously turned in 5-4-1 records in 2001 and 1999.
The runner-up regular season finish also is the best for an Ohio State squad since the inception of Big Ten women's soccer in 1994. The previous high was a pair of fourth-place standings in 2001 (5-4-1) and 1994 (4-3-1).
SENIOR CLASS MAKES IT 4-FOR-4 ON 10-WIN SEASONS
The class of 2004 has accomplished many firsts in Ohio State women's soccer history. With its win at Iowa, OSU reached the 10-win plateau for the fourth-straight season, a program best stretch from 2001 - the first season for the '04 class - to 2004. The 2001 squad finished its campaign strong with a 6-2-1 run to record a 10-9-1 mark and winning ledger in the Big Ten at 5-4-1. The 2002 Big Ten Tournament champion Buckeyes again used a late-season push to reach 10 victories at 10-11-1. Last season, the 10th anniversary of the program saw Ohio State post its best record of all-time at 13-5-3.
OSU UNBEATEN STREAK ENDS AT 13
After being upended at Penn State, Ohio State saw its unbeaten string end at 13 matches. The streak served as a program best.
The Buckeyes had not dropped a decision since losing 2-1 in double overtime at then-No. 3 Washington Aug. 29. The Buckeyes only other loss is a 2-1 setback in the season opener against No. 4 Portland Aug. 27 in Seattle, Wash.
During the unbeaten stretch, the Buckeyes outscored their opponents 33-9 and registered four shutouts.
Prior to 2004, 10 Buckeyes had scored 20 points or more in a single season and on just one occasion did two or more players reach 20 points in the same season (1997 - Tiffany Tisdale-21, Jodie Stranges-20). Through 17 matches, the 2004 Buckeyes have set a scoring standard as Danielle Dietrich (23 - 9G, 5A), Lisa Grubb (23 - 9G, 5A) and Lara Dickenmann (20 - 6G, 8A) each has reached the 20-point peak with sites set on the record 29-point season turned in by Lisa Suttmiller in 1994.
The 20-point season is the second for Grubb, who reached the mark as a freshman with 25 points in 2001. The 25-point season is tied for second all-time behind Suttmiller in 1994.
GRUBB CHASES NO. 1
Lisa Grubb's spectacular scoring year has her poised to become the Buckeyes all-time leader in career goals as well as break the single-season mark in goals and points. Through Ohio State's 17 games this season, Grubb has tallied nine goals and five assists for 23 points. Her numbers leave her two goals shy of the single-season goal mark of 11 set by Lisa Suttmiller in 1994 and matched by Tiffany Tisdale in 1996.
With her nine goals this season, Grubb's career total now stands at 28, two scores shy of Lisa Suttmiller's record of 30 set from 1994-97. Grubb's 23 points this season leave her two shy of her career-high of 25 set in 2001 and six short of the Ohio State record of 29 set by Suttmiller in 1994.
Grubb also sits among the OSU all-time leaders in shots with 220, which places second. She now is 30 shy of Suttmiller's 250 total shots.
WALKER EYES CAREER WIN NO. 100
After tallying a win against Loyola, head coach Lori Walker now is three wins shy of 100. She currently holds a career mark of 97-87-13 in 10 seasons of coaching. Walker's 84-64-12 record at Ohio State is the winningest in the Buckeyes' 11 years of soccer.
The Buckeye defense has been remarkable this season, allowing just 14 goals through 17 matches for a GAA of 0.79.
The Buckeyes hold a decided edge when it comes to shots this season. Currently, Ohio State has fired 362 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who have 159. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly have tripled their opponents' output with an advantage of 171-65.
In 2003, Ohio State fired 317 shots to their opponents 240. The 2002 season saw the Buckeyes attempt the second-most shots all-time in a season with 350 to their opponents' 233. In 2001, Ohio State registered 273 shots vs. 245 for their opponents.
In its matches against Penn State and Loyola, Ohio State racked up 17 corner kicks to zero for their opponents. The Buckeyes "out-cornered" PSU 6-0 Friday and totaled an 11-0 count Sunday vs. the Ramblers. On the season, Ohio State touts a decided edge in corner kicks with a 102-51 advantage.
Excluding the loss at Penn State, Ohio State has outscored Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Loyola, 14-1. Fueling that decided margin has been the Buckeyes ability to strike early and often. In each of the four matches, Ohio State has combined a pair of goals within a 10-minute time frame. Against the Illini, Lara Dickenmann put the Buckeyes ahead in the 21st minute, only to be followed less than eight minutes later by a score from Lisa Grubb in minute 29.
At Minnesota, Ohio State used just a shade more than seven minutes to post a 1-0 lead on a goal by Liz Mumley. In the 18th minute, Danielle Dietrich netted the first of her three goals against the Gophers. At Iowa Sunday, the Buckeyes needed just 7:24 to run off the clock to own a 2-0 advantage over the Hawkeyes as Grubb and Dickenmann combined for both scores, with each assisting on one another's goal.
Most recently, Grubb and Dietrich recorded back-to-back goals in the 33rd and 37th minutes in the win over Loyola.
SEALING THE DEAL
Ohio State owns a 40-14 advantage in goals. Included in that figure is an 21-7 margin in goals scored in the second half of matches, which served as a major contribution to the 13-match unbeaten string and OSU's 11-3-3 mark.
MOVIN' ON UP
Several Buckeyes have climbed up the all-time charts during the season. Danielle Dietrich has already established a career-best in goals this season with nine and has pushed her career total to 14, which is good for seventh place all-time.
Senior Paige Harrison has two assists this season, upping her career mark to 12, which places her at No. 5 all-time as well. Grubb's 14 career assists are fourth best among the career leaders. Liz Mumley also continues to ascend in the all-time assists category as she now has 11 for her career, which ties for fifth in Buckeye annals.
In total points, Colleen Hoban now is seventh at 46 points. Mumley also has moved up to ninth in Buckeye annals in scoring with 30 career points.
Dietrich also is in the the Top 10 in shots with 141 for seventh place. Heather Miller is 11th all-time in total shots with 83.
A LOOK AT KENT STATE
The Kent State Golden Flashes are 11-2-5 on the season with a 7-2-3 record in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes own a share of the MAC regular season championship.
Leading the way for Kent is freshman Kimberly Dimitroff. Dimitroff has 34 points on the season with 15 goals and four assists.
Goalkeeping duties belong to sophomore Alicia Fernandez. Fernandez is 11-2-5 on the year with 72 saves and a GAA 1.21.
Rob Marinaro is in his fifth year as head coach at Kent State and owns a career record of 35-28-10.
OSU-KENT STATE: ALL-TIME SERIES
Ohio State is 2-0 against Kent State with both wins coming in Columbus. Ohio State defeated Kent 5-0 in 2001 and 3-0 in 2002.
OHIO STATE DOWNS KENT 3-0 IN 2002
Ohio State beat Kent State, 3-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Oct. 30, 2002.
Colleen Hoban netted the first score in the 15th minute accepting a pass across the 6-yard box from Lindsay Eckles and blasting a shot from 10 yards out and into the Golden Flash net for the early 1-0 advantage.
The Buckeyes would strike again in the 32nd minute as Sarah Lanham and Jen Miller combined to feed Danielle Dietrich inside the six-yard box. Dietrich responded by chest bumping a shot into the top-center of the Kent goal for her second tally of the season.
In the second half, Heather Miller connected with Liz Mumley for an insurance goal at the 79:08 mark of play.
THE TAKE ON TOLEDO
Toledo comes to Columbus 7-7-3 overall with a 4-5-2 record in MAC play. Last weekend, Toledo defeated Northern Illinois, 2-0, Sunday, but fell to Western Michigan, 3-1, Friday.
Toledo is led by junior midfielder Kelly Langenbach. Langenbach has netted six goals and two assists for 14 points on the season.
The goalkepper for the Rockets is sophomore Jen Whipple. Whipple is 7-7-3 on the year with 82 saves and a GAA of 1.36.
Head coach for the Toledo is Brad Evans. Evans is in his eighth season as a head coach and holds a 96-62-8 career record.
OSU-TOLEDO: ALL-TIME SERIES
Saturday marks the second match all-time between Ohio State and Toledo. UT holds a 1-0 edge after claiming their only match 1-0 on Sept. 13, 1996.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
No. 3 Penn State served as Ohio State's sixth ranked opponent and second Top 5 foe this year.
Ohio State is 1-3-2 so far this season against ranked opponents. The Buckeyes dropped a pair of games to No. 7 Washington and No. 4 Portland to start the season. OSU's lone victory against a Top 25 squad came Oct. 11, in a 3-0 victory over then No. 11 Illinois.
TOUGH IN NET
For the season, Ohio State boasts an impressive 0.79 goals allowed average. Behind that figure are a pair of keepers - Emily Haynam and Jen Heaney - who have allowed less than 0.79 goals per contest. In 14 matches, Haynam owns a 0.77 GAA, while Heaney has a 0.68 GAA in six contests. Haynam, 8-2-2 on the season, is credited with three of Ohio State's six shutouts this season, with Heaney, 3-1-1 this year and one shutout.
In its 11 wins this season, Ohio State has had five separate players account for the match-winning score. Lisa Grubb leads the Buckeyes with four game-winners, followed by Lara Dickenmann with three and Danielle Dietrich, Heather Miller, Melissa Miller and Liz Mumley, who each have registered one game-winning goal. Grubb's four game-winners all came at home in triumphs over Xavier Sept. 2, LSU Sept. 10, Northwestern Oct. 8 and Oct. 24 vs. Loyola. Dickenmann scored hers against Virginia Tech, Sept. 12 and Iowa last Sunday. Dietrich recorded her score at Louisville Sept. 4. The "Millers" have match-winners against Purdue Sept. 24 - Heather on a penalty kick - and at Michigan State Oct. 1 - Melissa via overtime corner kick.
Lara Dickenmann, a native a Kreins, Switzerland, has made quite an impact in her initial season, scoring 20 points on six goals and eight assists. In fact, her eight scoring feeds tie the all-time mark for assists in a season at Ohio State. Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) shares that ranking with eight assists in 1996.
HOLDING A LEAD
With the wins over Loyola, the Buckeyes improved to 8-0 when leading at the break. Ohio State also has won 9-of-10 matches when scoring the first goal of the contest. The Buckeyes' only loss when scoring first was in the season opener vs. 2002 NCAA Champion Portland, which turned out to be a 2-1 loss in Seattle, Wash.
The Buckeyes also have a pair of come-from-behind victories this season, coming in the last two weeks at Michigan State and vs. Northwestern last Friday.
Ohio State is ranked as one of the top teams statistically in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State is ranked first in total shots with 362, shots per game with 21.29. The Buckeyes also are first in assists with 39 and assists per game with 2.29. The Buckeyes are second in points (119) and goals (40) and are third in goals per game with 2.35.
Defensively, the Buckeyes are third in goals allowed with 14 and goals per game (0.82) as well as shutouts with 7.
FOUR BUCKEYES RANKED AMONG BIG TEN BEST
Four Buckeyes are rated in the Top 10 of the Big Ten statistical categories this week. Lara Dickenmann is ranked first in assists per game (0.53) and second in total assists with eight. She is second in shots per game with 4.87 and third in total shots with 73. Dickenmann is fourth in the conference in game-winning goals with three and is 10th in the conference in goals per game with 0.40.
Lisa Grubb ranks third in game-winning goals with four and fourth in total goals (9), shots per game (4.00) and goals per game (0.53). Grubb also is fourth in both points with 23 and points per game (1.35). Grubb also is ninth in assists with five
Danielle Dietrich also is ranked among the Big Ten's best. The junior is tied with Grubb in points (23), goals (9) and goals per game (0.53) as well as points per game (1.35). Her 61 shots are ranked sixth, while her five assists tie her with Grubb for ninth.
Goalkeeper Emily Haynam's GAA of 0.77 is third best in the conference. She also is ninth in total shutouts with three and 10th in both saves with 38 and saves per game (2.71).
NOLLEN'S STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE STARTS REACHES 80
Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Sunday marked her 80th straight start in the game against Loyola. Nollen started all 20 matches in her freshman year and has not missed a contest since.
DICKENMANN GARNERS WEEKLY BIG TEN HONORS OCT. 18
Lara Dickenmann became the second Buckeye this season to receive league offensive player of the week accolades after tallying a goal and three assists in Ohio State's pair of wins at Minnesota and Iowa Oct. 15th and 17th. OSU teammate Lisa Grubb shared the award Oct. 11.
For the season, Dickenmann has 20 points on six goals and a team-leading eight assists. Her 20 points rank third on the team behind the 23 posted by both Dietrich and Grubb and currently sits in a tie for ninth all-time in a single season. Her eight assists now stand in a tie for first all-time for a single season with Lisa Suttmiller's (1994-1997) eight in 1996.
GRUBB WINS WEEKLY BIG TEN AWARD OCT. 11
Lisa Grubb was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten office Oct. 11. Grubb accounted for three goals and an assist to help the Buckeyes extended their unbeaten stretch to 11 matches with wins over Northwestern and Illinois. She shared the honor with Tiffany Weimer of Penn State, who also led the Nittany Lions to victories over the Wildcats and Illini.
With its 2-1 victory against Northwestern Oct. 8, Ohio State has played in 21 matches decided by a margin of one goal since 2001 and carries a 14-7 mark in those contests. The Buckeyes have excelled in close matches the last three seasons as OSU posted a 4-2 record in 2002 and a 6-3 ledger in 2003.
FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT
Ohio State's highest ranked recruiting class - rated in the Top 10 by many publications - is making its presence felt this season. Lara Dickenmann, rated the No. 1 field player in the country, has started 13 games, tallied six goals and eight assists for 20 points. Keiana Mitchell and Carla Arbulu have posted points as well. Arbulu has four assists and one goal while Mitchell has tallied one goal and one assist.
Heather Young scored OSU's first goal of the year in a 2-1 loss to No.6 Portland Aug, 27.
Lori Walker ASSISTS NBC IN ATHENS
Lori Walker assisted NBC in covering the 2004 Olympic Games Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Walker, who served the last three seasons as an analyst for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), provided color commentary for women's soccer, including the victorious United States gold medal match.
BUCKEYES PARTICIPATE IN KICKS FOR CANCER
The Ohio State women's soccer team participated in the eighth annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament (KABC) April 4, 2004 in Germantown, Md. The Buckeyes set a record for the largest charitable collegiate contribution received by KABC with over $13,000, smashing the previous mark of $8,000. In its eight years, the event has raised over $275,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia, Md.
Ohio State returns to action as the No. 2 seed and host of the 2004 Big Ten Conference Tournament. The Buckeyes will meet the Purdue Boilermakers at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 4.
The 10th-annual tournament runs Nov. 4 through Nov. 7.