Women's Soccer Prepares for Postseason Play at Big Ten Tournament

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

Oct. 31, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team earned the sixth seed in the 2006 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament and will face No. 3 seed Purdue at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Jeffrey Field in State College, Pa.

The tournament, hosted by Penn State University, will run Thursday through Sunday, with the champion earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Only the Top 8 squads of the 11-team conference qualified for play in the Big Ten tournament.

2006 Big Ten Tournament Schedule
Thursday, Nov. 2
Game 1 - 10:30 a.m. No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 6 Ohio State
Game 2 - 1:30 p.m. No. 2 Illinois vs. No. 7 Wisconsin
Game 3 - 4:30 p.m. No. 1 Penn State vs. No. 8 Northwestern
Game 4 - 7:30 p.m. No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 5 Michigan

Friday, Nov. 3
Game 5 - 4:30 p.m. Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 6 - 7:30 p.m. Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner

Sunday, Nov. 5
Champ. Game - 1:30 p.m. Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner

Ohio State finished the Big Ten Conference regular season with a 5-5-0 record and 15 points, good for sixth place in the final standings. The Buckeyes solidified their tournament berth with a 4-1 win over Minnesota in the regular-season finale Oct. 27.

The 2006 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament championship game will air on tape delay at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 on College Sports Television (CSTV).

The Big Ten Conference will provide complete tournament coverage, including live stats and results from each game on www.bigten.org. For additional tournament information, please visit www.gopsusports.com

All-session tickets to the 2006 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Fans can purchase all-session packages by calling the Penn State ticket office at 1-800-863-3336. The last day all-session tickets can be purchased is Nov. 2.

Single-game tickets, which will be sold at the gate each day, are $6 for adults and $4 for students, youth and those 65 and older. A $3 group rate of 10 or more fans also is available.

In addition to the crowning of a team champion, an All-Tournament team consisting of 11 players will be selected by the coaches following the championship game Sunday.

Ohio State is 9-8-0 in 10 appearances at the Big Ten tournament. Under head coach Lori Walker, the Buckeyes are 9-5-0 in seven appearances, including two championships in 2002 and 2004.

The Buckeyes, who drew No. 3 seed Purdue in the first round of the 2006 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament, are 3-0 against the Boilermakers in the postseason.

Ohio State last defeated Purdue in the Big Ten tournament, 2-0, in 2004. Prior to that match, OSU downed the Boilermakers, 3-2, in penalty kicks in 2002 and 2-1 in overtime in 2001.

Ohio State lost, 1-0, to then-No. 25 Purdue Sept. 22 at the Varsity Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. Lara Dickenmann had eight shots to her credit with five coming on goal.

"This was a classic Big Ten game where the margin of victory is very small," Lori Walker, head coach, said. "The goal given was a typical windy day goal where the ball bent in at the far post. We left everything on the field. The back line played fantastic. We had variety in our attack, but we just needed to find the back of the net. We played a good Purdue team."

The lone goal scored in the game came in the first half when the Boilermakers scored off a corner kick. Shauna Stapleton was credited with the goal. Ohio State took six shots, with one on goal, compared to Purdue's 10 in the half.

The Buckeyes added six more shots on goal, five by Dickenmann, in their attempt to score the equalizer in the second half and OSU keeper Lauren Robertson made two back-to-back saves at 70:55 and 71:42 to help keep Ohio State within one goal. Freshman Ashley Bowyer also added a shot on goal for the Buckeyes.

For the match, Ohio State had 18 shots to Purdue's 19. Corner kicks were even at 6-all and Boilermaker goalkeeper Lauren Mason made six stops to Robertson's two.

Ohio State leads the all-time series against Purdue, 8-3-1.

Penn State clinched its ninth-consecutive regular-season conference championship and No. 1 seed with a Big Ten record of 8-1-1. The Nittany Lions will match up against No. 8 Northwestern, which owns a 4-5-1 league record.

Illinois earned the No. 2 seed with an 8-2-0 Big Ten ledger and will face seventh seed Wisconsin (4-5-1).

Purdue, which enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed with a 6-3-1 league record will face No. 6 seed Ohio State, which ended the regular season with a 5-5-0 conference mark.

The No. 4 vs. No. 5 game will feature Indiana as the fourth seed with a 5-4-1 record and Michigan in the fifth spot with a 4-3-3 mark.

The 2006 women's soccer NCAA tournament selection show will air live on ESPNews at 3 p.m. Nov. 6.

The Buckeyes ended the regular season outscoring and outshooting its opponents, 29-19, and 311-193. Ohio State also held the corner kicks advantage, 105-59.

With the 4-1 win over Minnesota Oct. 27, the Buckeyes now are 10-4-0 in their regular-season finales in Columbus.

The Buckeyes tied its highest goal output of the season against Minnesota Oct. 27, putting up four goals, including three in the second half.

Earlier in the year, Ohio State posted four goals against San Diego in the Puma Classic Sept. 1.

Lisa Collison posted her third multiple-goal game vs. Minnesota Oct. 27 when she scored two goals in the Buckeyes' 4-1 victory.

Collison recorded two goals against San Diego Sept. 1 and tallied a hat trick vs. Northwestern Oct. 1.

Ohio State is 9-1-0 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 7-1-0 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 scorers this season are Lisa Collison (11g, 1a) and Lara Dickenmann (7g, 9a) with 23 points each. Ohio State's leading scorers from 2005, 2004, 2002 and 2001 are still with the Buckeyes, including Lisa Grubb (25 points in 2001, 17 points in 2002). Collison was the 2005 leading scorer (29 points) and Dickenmann was the 2004 points leader (38 points). Of Ohio State's 90 points this season (29 goals, 32 assists), that trio has combined to provide 60 of them.

Midfielder Lara Dickenmann has scored at least a point in 12 of the Buckeyes' 18 games, including posting at least a point in six of the last seven matches.

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

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 seven categories in the Big Ten Conference heading into postseason play.

The Buckeyes are first in assists (32) and assists per game (1.78). Ohio State's 105 corner kicks is second in the league, as well as its shot attempts (311). Of their 311 shots, the Buckeyes scored 29 goals, which is fourth. The team's 1.61 goals per game is third. OSU scored 90 points during the regular season, also good for third.

Individually, Lisa Collison continues to lead the conference in goals with 11 and goals per game with 0.69. Collison is first in points per game (1.44) and is tied with teammate Lara Dickenmann in points (23). Dickenmann is second in points per game, averaging 1.28. Taking 72 shots (second) during the regular season, Dickenmann also is tied for second in shots per game (4.00). Dickenmann, who leads the Buckeyes with nine assists is first in the league and is first in assists per game (0.50). Dickenmann also is tied for fifth in goals with seven scores to her credit. Lisa Grubb is tied for fourth in assists (6) and assists per game (0.33). She is tied with teammate Caitlin Colfer in assists per game. Goalkeeper, Lauren Robertson's goals-against average of 0.89 is fourth.

In 13 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a 50-62-11 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 109-81-15 in 10-plus seasons at Ohio State.

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Lisa Grubb is the Ohio State all-time leader in goals (35), assists (25) and points (95). 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 14 points on four 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).

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.

Lara Dickenmann was named to the SoccerBuzz.com Elite Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 9 after posting a six-point weekend (3 goals) vs. Iowa and No. 10 Illinois. This is Dickenmann's third elite team of the week honor.

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.

Emily Francis, Lisa Grubb and Melissa Miller were named 2006 team tri-captains by their teammates during the offseason.

A native of Alliance, Ohio, Francis has served her second-consecutive season as captain, as she was voted captain by her teammates a year ago as a junior. Francis has started 81 of a possible 83 games in her 3-plus years at Ohio State.

Grubb entered her sixth year of eligibility for the Buckeyes in 2006 after suffering season-ending injuries in 2003 and 2005. Grubb also was a 2005 co-captain with Francis.

Miller, a two-time All-American, is the only current Buckeye to start every game since 2003 (83). Miller's 83 consecutive starts is second behind former Buckeye Erica Nollen's 89.

The six OSU seniors - Emily Francis, Lisa Grubb, Shannon Neely, Michelle Markus, Melissa Miller and Taylor Smith - were honored during pregame of Ohio State's match against Minnesota Oct. 27.