No. 16 Ohio State Women's Soccer Set for Intrastate Rival Bowling Green
Oct. 29, 2003
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 16/19 Ohio State women's soccer team (11-3-3, 4-3-3) looks to close out the 2003 season unbeaten in non-conference play as the Buckeyes travel to in-state rival Bowling Green for a 2:30 p.m. match Friday. The contest serves as the final warmup before the Buckeyes enter postseason play next Thursday vs. Michigan in the opening round of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament.
LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES BATTLE PENN STATE, BLANK LOYOLA
Ohio State completed the extended weekend Monday at Loyola-Chicago, where the Buckeyes posted their eighth shutout of the season with a 4-0 triumph. Junior Liz Mumley led the way with a goal and an assist, while leading scored Colleen Hoban burried her seventh goal of the season.
BUCKEYES OFF TO BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY
The previous best start to a season came in 1996 when the Buckeyes began the year with 12 wins opposed to five losses, which served as a .706 win percentage.
BUCKEYES AMONG NATIONAL TOP 25
Included in the seven victories are five shutouts, featuring a 1-0 win over then-No. 6 Virginia in Columbus and a 2-0 victory at perrenial Conference USA power Cincinnati.
Most recently, Ohio State traveled to Loyola-Chicago and blanked the Ramblers by a 4-0 count, which upped the OSU scoring advantage in non-conference matches to 25-2.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Overall, the Buckeyes boast a 4-3 record in their last seven meetings with ranked teams.
The Buckeyes are on pace to shatter the old mark of 19 goals allowed in a season by the 1996 and 1998 teams, as the Buckeyes have allowed just 10 goals in 16 matches.
Ohio State also enjoys a 135-92 advantage in shots on goal.
Overall, the Ohio State defense has allowed just 0.56 goals per game, as 16 of their 17 opponents have been held to no more than one goal in a single contest.
ALL-TIME TEAM SHUTOUT MARK WITHIN REACH OF 2003 SQUAD
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Also worthy of note is the distribution of shots across the Buckeye attack as Dietrich and Miller lead the squad with 34 and are followed closely by Hoban with 33 strikes and Fulk with 32. Gilbert and Mumley are not far off with 25 and 23 shots, respectively.
Bowling Green enters the contest boasting a 7-10-1 record which includes a 5-5-1 record in conference play.
Bowling Green is lead by sophomore Samatha Meister. Meister leads the Falcons with eight goals, four assists and 20 points. This past Sunday against Marshall, Meister netted the game-winning goal in overtime.
In goal for the Falcons is sophomore Ali Shingler, who has tallied 83 saves and a goals against average of 2.08.
Andy Richards is in his fourth season as the head coach for Bowling Green. Richards has compiled a 36-38-6 record which includes one trip to the MAC championship game in 2000 and three seasons of 10 or more wins.
LAST MEETING: BUCKEYES FALL TO BOWLING GREEN AT HOME
OSU dominated the shot column in the first half taking 11 shots to BGSU's two. However, the Falcons capitalized on one of their opportunities with less than three minutes remaining. Jill Conover drove to the left side of Buckeye goalkeeper Jen Heaney and tried to make a low pass to the center of the box. The pass skipped past Heaney to a waiting Tracy Gleixer who buried a shot into the open net to give the Falcons a 1-0 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same story for the Buckeyes as they outshot their instate rivals, 10-4. Again, BGSU found a fortunate bounce inside the box when Kristy Coppes headed the ball into the net at 57:46. Katie Piening took a free kick just inside the Falcons' offensive zone and the ball first found the head of Beth Wechsler before Coppes put BGSU ahead, 2-0. OSU nearly connected on a few lucky bounces as well. In the game, five Buckeye shots hit the crossbar and deflected out of play.
SUCCESS WHEN STRIKING EARLY
The Buckeyes have enjoyed a lead at halftime in nine of the 17 contests this season and have walked away with a win on eight occasions. The Iowa contest once again serves as the only flaw on Ohio State's 8-0-1 ledger when leading at the half.
10-WIN PLATEAU REACHED AGAIN
The previous OSU squads to post at least 10 wins came first in 1996 (14-7) and was followed in 1998 (13-8-1), 1999 (12-6-2), 2001 (10-9-1) and last season with a 10-11-1 mark. Ohio State has narrowly missed 10-win seasons on three occasion, collecting nine wins in each of the 1994, 1996 and 1997 campaigns.
In addition to Dietrich's effort, Freshman Jackie Lafond set a career-high with two goals in the Youngstown State win.
Junior midfielder Emily Gilbert fueled Ohio State's 3-1 win over Coastal Carolina with her first two-goal performance of her career, as the Cincinnati native netted a header in both the first and second halves the contest. Gilbert also set a career-best in assists in one game, as she played a hand on three scores in the 4-1 triumph at Wright State.
Fellow junior Liz Mumley also established a career-high when she netted two goals in the Buckeye win over Wright State on August 31.
In the first match of the season, Ohio State junior Lisa Grubb posted two goals in Ohio State's 4-1 win over Indiana State en route to being named Big Ten offensive player of the week for Sept. 1.
Junior Paige Harrison is third in the conference in assists per game with 0.58, while sophomore Danielle Dietrich's three assists is good enough for third among the Big Ten in conference play only.
Included in Ohio State's offensive dominance is an 40-12 advantage in assists.
ASSISTS RECORD BELONGS TO 2003
KEEPER BY COMMITTEE
Leading the way is Sinkway, who has logged over 708 minutes and has posted a 4-2-1 record, including a pair of shutouts. Sinkway has posted a sparkling GAA of 0.51. She also leads her teammates with 39 saves and a save percentage of .907.
Haynam has started 11 of the 17 contests played this season and posts a 0.68 GAA with 37 saves and an .881 save percentage, while collecting four wins vs. one loss and two ties.
Heaney, who has started two games this season, has claimed three victories and has allowed zero goals and posts a stellar 0.00 GAA. Heaney also has seen action in the Buckeye frontline.
Ohio State has posted near-identical first and second half combined figures in several other categories, as the Buckeyes have totaled 130 of their 261 shots in the second half. In addition, Ohio State has nearly split its corner kick opportunities right down the middle, as the Buckeyes have fired 49 in the first stanza and 59 in the second period.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Buckeyes dropped their first home contest to the Nittany Lions 1-0, setting the final home record at program best 7-1-2 for the season.
The Buckeyes have dominated the Jesse Owens Stadium scoreboard, holding a 21-5 advantage in goals, while also dominating the corner kick department by an astounding 107-43 ledger. Included in the corner kick advantage are three contests - Youngstown State, Iowa and Minnesota - where the Buckeyes have held their opponents to zero corner kick opportunities.
The OSU defense has thrived when protecting its goal at JOMS as the unit boasts an 0.50 goals against average in leading Ohio State to a 3-1-2 mark in conference home games.
OVERTIME OVER AND OVER AGAIN
The 1994 team posted a 1-2-2 mark in those matches. Thus far in 2003, Ohio State is 1-0-3, upping its all-time record in overtime matches to 13-8-12.