Ohio State leads the Big Ten with a 6-1-1 mark in conference play while Penn State (5-1-1) and Wisconsin (4-1-4) are three points behind heading into the weekend.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Led by eighth-year head coach Mick Lyon, the Hoosiers have posted a 10-3-2 record, 2-2-2 in the Big Ten. Sophomore forward Devon Beach leads the Hoosiers with 13 points (four goals, five assists) in 2009.
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series, 7-10-2, but have won the last three meetings including a 1-0 win in Bloomington last season.
11 AT HOME...AND ADMISSION IS FREE
Sunday marks the last of 11 home matches in 2009 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Admission to all Ohio State home soccer matches is free to all.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 13th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to four NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller is in his second season as associate head coach and ninth overall with the Buckeyes. The 2009 season marks the second season for assistant coach Glen Tourville.
The Buckeyes' 13-2-2 start marks the best start in school history, just ahead of the 2003 and 2004 teams which started out 11-3-3 after their first 15 games. That 2003 team finished the season with a 13-5-3 record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament and the 2004 squad finished 19-4-3 before falling to UCLA in the NCAA Round of 16.
Ohio State has posted a 6-1-1 record in Big Ten play. The six wins tie the Buckeyes with the 2004 team for the most conference wins in Ohio State history.
TAKING THEIR SHOTS
Ohio State has outshot its opponents 260-116 overall and 107-36 on goal. The Buckeyes have been outshot in just one game this year, a scoreless tie at West Virginia.
There also has been a huge disparity on corner kicks as the Buckeyes hold a 121-43 advantage over their opponents in that category.
The Buckeyes are tied for second in the NCAA in shutout percentage after posting clean sheets against 12 of their first 17 opponents. Ohio State has trailed in fewer than 131 of 1,580 minutes played.
SHUTTING THEM DOWN
Goalkeeper Lauren "Taz" Robertson leads the Big Ten and is 12th nationally with a 0.51 goals-against average. The senior co-captain and Ohio State career shutout leader with 29 has 12 clean sheets in 17 games in 2009, setting the single-season school record. The 29 career shutouts put Robertson in sole possession of second place all-time in the Big Ten.
Robertson earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts last week. She has won the award four times in 2009 and nine times in her career.
HAPPY TO HELP
Lauren Steuer's move from the back line to the midfield in 2009 has added a huge boost to the Buckeye offense. The Cincinnati native and fourth-year junior tallied her first career goal, a game-winner against Iowa, and added two more against Illinois. In addition, two of her five assists have come on Ohio State game-winning goals.
Steuer was named collegesoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week after scoring two goals at Illinois and adding the game-winning assist against Purdue this past weekend. It was the second time in the past three weeks Steuer received the honor.
LAUREN TO LAUREN
After Lauren Granberg assisted on Lauren Steuer's game-winner Oct. 9 against Iowa, the junior returned the favor, playing a perfect corner kick on Granberg's game-winning header with 49 seconds remaining Oct. 11 against Northwestern.
Forwards Paige Maxwell and Lauren Granberg lead the team with five goals each in 2009. Maxwell notched her second career hat trick in Ohio State's 6-0 win over Youngstown State. She is just the second Buckeye in history to record multiple hat tricks.
Freshmen Lauren Granberg and Tiffany Cameron have combined to account for nine goals and four assists for the Buckeyes in 2009. The Canadian U-17 teammates have notched a total of three game-winners.
In all, freshmen or sophomores have accounted for 21 of the 32 Buckeye goals this season and eight of the 13 game-winning goals.
DISHING IT OUT
Junior Lauren Steuer is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with four assists.
Eighteen Buckeyes have recorded at least one point in 2009. Only the 2004 team has had more Buckeyes contribute offensively with 19.
MOVING ON UP
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 15 in NSCAA/adidas rankings and No. 13 in Soccer America. It marks the seventh-consecutive week Ohio State has been ranked.
It is the second time this season Ohio State has jumped to No. 15. The No. 15 ranking is the highest for the Buckeyes since Sept. 4, 2005.
BUCKEYES IN THE RPI
In the second Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings published by the NCAA Oct. 19, Ohio State moved up to 18th nationally and second in the Big Ten, one spot behind Penn State. The RPI will be released every two weeks for the remainder of the season.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 10 years of existence. Consider:
- The home team is 73-30-9 all-time.
- Ohio State is 54-13-7 since 2003 and 29-8-3 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 6-3-2 at home in 2008.
- So far this season, Ohio State is 8-1 at home.
UP NEXT: MICHIGAN STATE
After hosting Indiana this weekend, the Buckeyes will close out the regular season Nov. 6 at Michigan State.
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