Nov. 1, 2011
Columbus, Ohio - Seventh-seeded Ohio State (10-8-1 overall, 5-5-1 in the Big Ten) begins play in the Big Ten tournament Wednesday against No. 2 Illinois. The match will be at 2:30 p.m. ET, and will be streamed on BTN.com. All Big Ten tournament matches are being played at Northwestern. Matches will be played in a single-elimination format on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; the winner receives the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA championship field.
IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Ohio State is making its 14th Big Ten tournament appearance; the Buckeyes are 8-11-3 in that postseason event, last played in 2008. Ohio State is a two-time tournament champion, winning in 2002 and 2004, and finishing as runners-up in 1998 and 2007.
THE SENIOR CLASS
Members of the 2011 Buckeye senior class are Katie Baumgardner, Colleen Brady, Lauren Cusick, Caitlyn Martin, Paige Maxwell, Taylor Moront, Danielle Scoliere, Liz Sullivan and Brooke Taylor.
WINNINGEST SENIOR CLASS?
The 2011 senior class is trying to make its mark as the winningest four-year group in Buckeye history. The current seniors have 49 career wins since the beginning of the 2008 campaign. The senior classes with the most career victories in Ohio State history:
51 wins: 2010
49 wins: 2006, 2011
48 wins: 1999, 2007
IN THE BIG TEN
Now completing its 19th season of conference play, Ohio State holds an 80-81-13 all-time record in Big Ten competition.
Ohio State is 55-30-7 all-time in Big Ten games in Columbus, and 47-26-6 at home under Lori Walker.
Ohio State is 37-61-7 all-time in Big Ten road games, and 34-46-7 on the road in Big Ten games under Lori Walker.
The Buckeyes are 12-15-2 away from home in conference play over the last four seasons. The Buckeyes won the 2010 regular season Big Ten title and the 2002 and 2004 Big Ten tournament championships.
200 BUCKEYE WINS
With the 2-1 win over Illinois, Ohio State posted its 200th win in program history. Since women's soccer became a varsity sport in 1993, Ohio State has an overall record of 204-156-28. Some of the previous milestone wins in Buckeye history:
|1st||1-0 vs. Dayton (1993)|
|25th||4-1 vs. St. John's (1996)|
|50th||4-0 vs. Purdue (1998)|
|100th||3-1 vs. Coastal Carolina (2003)|
|150th||2-1 in 2OT vs. Illinois (2007)|
|200th||2-1 vs. Illinois (2011)|
Ohio State is now 1-0-1 in overtime contests this season. The 1-0 double-overtime win over Ohio University was Ohio State's first overtime decision of the 2011 campaign; the Buckeyes played to a 1-1 draw at Minnesota. All-time, Ohio State is 25-16-25 in overtime games, and 7-3-18 in double overtime contests.
The Buckeyes concluded non-conference play with the match versus Dayton. In 2011, Ohio State posted a 5-3 record against its non-conference opponents, with wins over Xavier, Radford, Wright State, West Virginia and Ohio, and losses to No. 1 North Carolina, No. 24 Dayton and at Missouri.
The Buckeyes are 19-24-4 all-time in matches played in November; under Lori Walker, they are 18-18-4 in November. At home, Ohio State is 10-7-1 during that month (10-6-1 under Walker). The Buckeyes are 9-17-3 away from Columbus all-time (8-12-3 under Walker).
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 15th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to six NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 168-119-25 and her career record is 181-142-26.
Greg Miller is in his fourth season as associate head coach and 11th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2011 season marks the fourth campaign for assistant coach Glen Tourville; former team manager Spencer Bownas serves as a volunteer coach this season.
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATES
Seven Buckeyes are listed on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America regional ballot for 2011. Those players must have at least a 3.30 overall GPA in their second year of collegiate studies. Representing Ohio State are: Katie Baumgardner, Colleen Brady, Megan Fuller, Lauren Granberg, Danielle Scoliere, Liz Sullivan and Aly Walker. First-team all-region selections are moved along to the national ballot.
A "NEW" HOME FIELD
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is sporting a new playing surface this season. Now a 100% Kentucky Bluegrass surface, the sod from the Tuckahoe Sod Farm was put down in July after work to the drainage, sprinkler and conduit systems underneath. Some more "stats" about the home of the Buckeyes:
- The home team is 90-37-11 all-time.
- Ohio State is 71-20-9 since 2003 and 46-15-5 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
SCOLIERE, MAXWELL IN TOP DRAWER TOP 20
Top Drawer Soccer has ranked its top 20 players by conference thus far for the 2011 season. Buckeyes Paige Maxwell and Danielle Scoliere are listed among the best of the Big Ten through the midpoint of the campaign.
BAUMGARDNER PLAYER OF WEEK
Goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner earned OSU's first Big Ten player of the week honors, being selected as defensive player of the week for her work against Illinois and Northwestern. The senior tallied nine saves while allowing just one goal over the weekend, recording a season-high seven saves in win over the Illini.
MAXWELL ON MAC HERMANN LIST
Forward Paige Maxwell has been named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list. The senior from Medina, Ohio, is the reigning Offensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten after leading the Buckeyes and tying for second in the conference with 10 goals, including five game-winners, while adding a pair of assists. The 2010 NSCAA third team All-American has led the team in goals in each of her three seasons and ranks seventh in program history with 24 career goals.
It marks the third time in program history that a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007 and Cassie Dickerson was chosen in 2010. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer.
Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.
BUCKEYES PICKED SECOND IN BIG TEN
Ohio State was picked by Big Ten head coaches to finish second in the conference this season. Penn State garnered the top spot in the preseason poll, followed by the Buckeyes, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Each team was a 2010 NCAA tournament team; it marks the ninth-consecutive season the Nittany Lions were picked to win the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes, returning eight starters from their Big Ten co-champion and NCAA College Cup team a year ago, also had 2010 NSCAA third team All-American Paige Maxwell, co-captain Danielle Scoliere and Danica Wu named Players to Watch by the Big Ten.
Ohio State has received more than 50% of its offense (13-24 goals) this season from North of the Border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (6 goals), Lauren Granberg (3), Kiiri Kuld (2) and Danica Wu (2) have led the charge on the net, as well as contributing seven assists.
CLIMBING CAREER RANKINGS
Senior Paige Maxwell has moved to seventh place on the Ohio State all-time list in career points (64), and is now seventh in career goals scored (26). She ranks eighth in career shots (186) and 14th in career assists (12). Junior Tiffany Cameron is now 12th in career goals (17) and 13th in career points scored (43). Junior Lauren Granberg ranks 14th in career goals (13), 16th in career points (32) and 12th in career shots (138). Here's a look at the Ohio State record book:
|1.||Lisa Grubb ||35||2001-06|
|9.||Colleen Hoban ||23||2002-04|
|1.||Lara Dickenmann ||35||2004-07|
|2.||Lisa Grubb ||25||2001-06|
|7. ||Jen Miller||15||1999-02|
|Danielle Dietrich ||15||2002-05|
|9.||Colleen Hoban ||14||2002-04|
|CAREER POINTS||TOTAL (G-A)||YEARS|
|1.||Lisa Grubb||95 (35-25)||2001-06|
|2.||Lara Dickenmann||89 (27-35)||2004-07|
|3.||Lisa Suttmiller||83 (30-23)||1994-97|
|4.||Lisa Collison||80 (35-10)||2005-08|
|5.||Lindsay Eckles||68 (29-10)||1999-02|
|6.||Tiffany Tisdale||67 (29-9)||1994-97|
|7.||Paige Maxwell||64 (26-12)||2008-11|
|8.||Jodie Stranges||58 (24-10)||1994-97|
|9.||Colleen Hoban||56 (21-14)||2002-04|
|10.||Becky Borchers||55 (22-11)||1995-98|
|11.||Danielle Dietrich||53 (19-15)||2002-05|
|12.||Katy Traeger ||45 (16-13)||1996-99|
|13.||Tiffany Cameron||43 (17-9)||2009-11|
|14.||Emily Thorpe||37 (10-17)||1998-01|
|15.||Ashley Bowyer||36 (10-16)||2006-09|
|16.||Lauren Granberg||32 (13-6)||2009-11|
|17.||Elizabeth Mumley||31 (10-11)||2001-04|
|18.||Lauren Steuer||28 (5-18)||2006-10|
|19.||Melissa Miller||26 (7-12)||2003-06|
|20.||Katie Martorella||25 (9-7)||1996-99|
|Heather Miller||25 (9-7)||2001-04|
|1.||Lisa Grubb ||325||2001-06|
|3.||Lara Dickenmann ||294||2004-07|
|4.||Danielle Dietrich ||214||2002-05|
|5. ||Lisa Suttmiller||204||1994-97|
THE BUCKEYE CAPTAINS
Danielle Scoliere and Liz Sullivan have been named captains of the 2011 squad and Lauren Granberg has been named assistant captain.
Scoliere is a captain for the second consecutive season after appearing in 61 games, making 34 starts, over her first three seasons. The Dublin, Ohio, native has primarily been an outside back for the Buckeyes but has been able to move up and provide an offensive spark because of her speed and work rate. She is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Sullivan, from Powell, Ohio, played in all 24 games as an outside back as a junior last season, scoring a pair of goals and adding five assists. A quick and talented defender who can also move up to the midfield, Sullivan scored her first career goal, a game-winner, last season in a 2-0 win over Pitt. Sullivan is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Granberg, from Edmonton, Alberta, was third on the team in scoring last season, tallying four goals and five assists while appearing in all 24 games. She is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.