Nov. 2, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (13-3-3, 6-1-3 Big Ten) heads into the weekend as the No. 2 seed as host of the 2004 Big Ten soccer tournament. The Buckeyes will square-off with No. 7-seeded Purdue at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. This will be the second time Ohio State has met Purdue this season. The first match came Sept. 24, with the Buckeyes claiming a 1-0 victory.
2004 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Ohio State will play in its ninth Big Ten tournament. The 2004 version serves as the second time the Buckeyes have hosted the tournament. Ohio State lasted hosted in 1996.
Complete tournament information can be accessed at: /sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/102604aac.html
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. Michigan will be the No.3 seed, followed by Illinois and Northwestern. Purdue wrapped up a No. 7 seed ahead of No. 8 Indiana. Michigan will face the No. 6-seed Badgers, while the Illini will kick off vs. the fifth-seed Wildcats. No. 1 seed Penn State will meet No. 8 Indiana.
2004 Big Ten Tournament
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Nov. 4, 2004 - Quarterfinal Matches
No. 1 Penn State vs. No. 8 Indiana 10:30 a.m.
No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 5 N'western 1:30 p.m.
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Purdue 4:30 p.m.
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 6 Wisconsin 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5 - Semifinal Matches
Game 5 - 4:30 p.m. (Penn State/Indiana winner vs. Illinois/Northwestern winner)
Game 6 - 7 p.m. (Ohio State/Purdue winner vs. Michigan/Wisconsin winner)
Sunday, Nov. 7 - Championship Match
Game 7 - 2:35 p.m.*Televised live by CSTV
COLLEGE SPORTS TELEVISION TO BROADCAST TOURNAMENT FINAL LIVE
College Sports Television will broadcast live the final match of the 2004 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
OHIO STATE VS. PURDUE TO BE BROADCAST ON OSU STUDENT RADIO
The match against Purdue Thursday will be aired on the Ohio State University's student radio network KBUX. Fans can access the broadcast at www.underground.fm/sports. Live game stats also will be provided at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State has dominated its opponents at home this season, sporting a 9-0-1 mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents 33-5 in those contests and have improved their record to 16-1-3 at JOMS in the last two seasons, including a 51-9 margin over their opponents in goals.
OHIO STATE PLACES SECOND IN BIG TEN STANDINGS, CLUB'S BEST FINISH
Despite the loss Oct. 22 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 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).
OHIO STATE AT THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Ohio State holds a 6-8 record in Big Ten tournament matches. The Buckeyes have competed in all but one Big Ten tournament (2000) since the inception of the conference tournament in 1994. Ohio State was crowned champions of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wis.
LAST WEEK: OSU TALLIES TWO WINS
The Buckeyes capped the 2004 regular season last week with two wins to finish the year 13-3-3 and 9-0-1 at home.
Last Wednesday, Ohio State scored a 2-0 victory over Kent State. Danielle Dietrich and Kathy Fulk connected on goals to propel Ohio State, while goalkeeper Emily Haynam completed her fourth shutout of the season.
Saturday against Toledo, the Buckeyes were victorious, 5-1. OSU captain Erica Nollen recorded the first two goals of her career, while Lisa Grubb, Colleen Hoban and Lara Dickenmann notched goals as well. Haynam scored the victory to cap her season with a career-high 10 wins.
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.
BUCKEYES ONE WIN FROM ALL-TIME BEST
With its 13 wins this season, Ohio State is one win shy of the all-time single season wins record of 14. The 14 wins came in 1996 when the Buckeyes finished 14-7. This is the second consecutive season Ohio State has finished with 13 wins and their third time in school history.
Ohio State's three losses this season ties the all-time low to end a regular season. Ohio State also finished with just three losses last season. The record for fewest losses in an entire season is five set last year when the Buckeyes finished 13-5-3.
OHIO STATE SETS SEASON RECORDS
With one of its best seasons on record, Ohio State has set several team season highs in 2004. The Buckeyes have set season bests in shots attempts with 410, fewest goals allowed at 15, most assists with 45 and most penalty kicks attempted with four. The Buckeyes are one shutout shy of tying the season record of nine set in 1998 and 2003.
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 19 matches, the 2004 Buckeyes have set a scoring standard as Lisa Grubb (26 - 10G, 6A), Danielle Dietrich (25 - 9G, 7A) and Lara Dickenmann (24 - 8G, 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.
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 19 games this season, Grubb has tallied 10 goals and six assists for 26 points. Her numbers leave her one goal shy of the single-season goal mark of 11 set by Lisa Suttmiller in 1994 and matched by Tiffany Tisdale in 1996.
With her 10 goals this season, Grubb's career total now stands at 29, one score shy of Lisa Suttmiller's record of 30 set from 1994-97. Grubb's 26 points this season serves as a career high, breaking her previous mark of 25 set in 2001 and three 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 231, which places second. She now is 19 shy of Suttmiller's 250 total shots.
WALKER EYES CAREER WIN NO. 100
After tallying a win against Toledo to end the season, head coach Lori Walker now is one win shy of 100. She currently holds a career mark of 99-87-13 in 10 seasons of coaching. Walker's 86-64-12 record at Ohio State is the winningest in the Buckeyes' 11 years of soccer.
STIFLING DEFENSE CONTINUES
The Buckeye defense has been remarkable this season, allowing just 15 goals through 19 matches for a goals against average of 0.76.
Ohio State finished the 2003 season with a 0.77 GAA, then an all-time best.
The Buckeyes hold a decided edge when it comes to shots this season. Currently, Ohio State has fired 410 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who have 164. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly have tripled their opponents' output with an advantage of 192-68.
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 last four matches against Penn State, Loyola, Kent State and Toledo, Ohio State racked up 32 corner kicks to one for their opponents. The Buckeyes "out-cornered" PSU 6-0 and totaled an 11-0 count vs. the Ramblers. Last Wednesday, OSU lined up 13 corners vs. Kent and on Saturday edge Toledo by a 5-1 count. On the season, Ohio State touts a decided edge in corner kicks with a 123-52 advantage.
SEALING THE DEAL
Ohio State owns a 47-15 advantage in goals. Included in that figure is an 26-8 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 13-3-3 mark.
MOVIN' ON UP
Through Oct. 30, several Buckeyes have climbed up the all-time charts during the season. Danielle Dietrich already has 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 15 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 sixth at 48 points. Mumley also has moved up to ninth in Buckeye annals in scoring with 30 career points.
Purdue enters the 2004 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 7 seed after finishing seventh in conference play a 4-6 record. Purdue has an overall record of 10-9.
The Boilermaker attack is led by freshman forward Parrissa Eyorokon. Eyorokon has tallied 12 points on the year with four goals and four assists. She also leads Purdue in shots with 36.
The goalkeeper for the Boilermakers is senior Maureen Carey. Carey is 7-3 on the year with 32 saves and a GAA of 0.58.
Robert Klatte is in his eighth year as head coach of the Boilermakers and owns a 71-57-5 record.
OSU- PURDUE ALL-TIME SERIES
Ohio State leads Purdue in the all-time series by a 7-1-1 count, including wins in their last three matches. The Buckeyes are 3-1-1 in Columbus, 3-0 in Purdue and has one victory on neutral turf. The match Thursday marks the third time the two teams have met in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes won both previous matches with a 2-1 win in 2001 at Purdue and a 3-2 triumph in 2002 in Wisconsin.
LOOKING BACK: THE 2003 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
The 2003 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament began much like the 2002 tournament title run by Ohio State as it played Michigan to overtime in the opening round at Wisconsin's McClimon Soccer Complex Nov. 6, 2003 2-1 in double overtime.
Michigan struck first as Katie Kramer collected a misdirected header on the left side and fired a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that landed in the right side of the Ohio State net just past Emily Haynam.
Ohio State scored in the 67th minute as Colleen Hoban accepted a lob from the midfield by Emily Francis and buried a shot past the Michigan net to knot the score at one goal a piece.
Kramer won the game for the Wolverines after placing a rebounded shot past Ohio State reserve keeper Staci Sinkway, ending play at 105:08.
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.
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.
TOUGH IN NET
Ohio State boasts an impressive 0.76 goals allowed average. Behind that figure are a pair of keepers - Emily Haynam and Jen Heaney. In 15 matches, Haynam owns a 0.68 GAA, while Heaney has a 0.78 GAA in nine contests. Haynam, 10-2-2 on the season, is credited with four of Ohio State's nine shutouts this season. Heaney is 3-1-1.
In its 12 wins this season, Ohio State has had six separate players account for the match-winning score. Lisa Grubb leads the Buckeyes with five game-winners followed by Lara Dickenmann with four. Danielle Dietrich, Heather Miller, Melissa Miller and Liz Mumley, each have registered one game-winning goal.
Grubb's five game-winners all came at home in triumphs over Xavier Sept. 2, LSU Sept. 10, Northwestern Oct. 8, Oct. 24 vs. Loyola and Oct. 30 against Toledo. Dickenmann scored hers against Virginia Tech, Sept. 12, Iowa, Oct. 17 and Kent State, Oct. 27. 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. Mumley's game-winner came on Oct. 10 in Ohio State's 3-0 win over Illinois.
Lara Dickenmann, a native a Kreins, Switzerland, has made quite an impact in her initial season, scoring 24 points on eight 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 win over Toledo, the Buckeyes improved to 9-0 when leading at the break. Ohio State also has won 10-of-11 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 at Michigan State and vs. Northwestern.
Through Nov. 2, 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 410, shots per game with 21.58, points with 139 and goals with 47. The Buckeyes also are first in assists with 45 and assists per game with 2.37.
Defensively, the Buckeyes are third in goals allowed with 15 and goals per game (0.79) as well as shutouts with 8.
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 second in shots per game with 4.71 and is rated third in assists with eight and assists per game with 0.47. She is rated fourth in the conference in points per game (1.41) and sixth in points with 24. Dickenmann also is ranked seventh is both goals (8) and goals per game (0.47).
Lisa Grubb ranks second in total shots with 83 and third in game-winning goals (5) and shots per game (4.37). Grubb is fourth in total goals (10), goals per game (0.53) and points (26). Her 1.37 points per game are fifth best. Grubb also is ninth in assists with six.
Danielle Dietrich also is ranked among the Big Ten's best. The junior is rated fifth in points (25), goals (9) and goals per game (0.47), while her 1.32 points per game is ranked sixth. Her 66 shots are also ranked sixth, while her seven assists put her in fifth place. Dietrich is ninth in the conference in assists per game with 0.37.
Goalkeeper Emily Haynam's GAA of 0.68 is second best in the conference. She also is eighth in total shutouts with four and shutouts per game with 0.25.
NOLLEN'S STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE STARTS REACHES 82
Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Saturday marked her 82nd straight start in the game against Toldeo. 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.
SENIORS HONORED VS. LOYOLA
Ohio State recognized its nine seniors prior to its match with Loyola-Chicago Oct. . The Buckeyes prevailed 3-0 over the Ramblers.
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).
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 17 games, tallied eight goals and eight assists for 24 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.