No. 17 Ohio State Women's Soccer Set for 2003 Big Ten Tournament
Nov. 4, 2003
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 17/20 Ohio State women's soccer team (12-3-3, 4-3-3) heads to Madison, Wis. seeking to defend its 2002 Big Ten Tournament title this week as the fifth-seeded Buckeyes square off with No. 4 seed Michigan in the opening round Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Ohio State, which qualified for its first NCAA tournament last season with its Big Ten postseason crown, defeated the Wolverines in the 2002 first round. Including that meeting and the clash this season, Ohio State and Michigan have extended to overtime in each of its last two meetings, while niether team has claimed victory by more than one goal spanning the last three matchups.
LAST WEEK: OSU DOWNS BOWLING GREEN IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
BUCKEYES POST BEST REGULAR SEASON RECORD IN PROGRAM HISTORY
The previous best campaign came in 1996 when the Buckeyes won 14 of 20 regular season matches, which served as a .700 win percentage.
BUCKEYES AMONG NATIONAL TOP 25
A GLANCE AT THE 2002 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TITLE RUN
The Buckeyes matched the Wolverines and Boilermakers at 1-1 through 110 minutes in each contest before outscoring the NCAA tournament-bound clubs in the extra session shootouts.
The Buckeyes then defeated Wisconsin, the host of the tournament this season, on goals from Lindsay Eckles and Emily Gilbert and held off a late push by the Badgers to claim a 2-1 triumph and OSU's first trip to the NCAA tournament.
Ohio State not only walked away with the tournament trophy, but also with individual awards for Most Outstanding Offensive Player in Lisa Grubb, Most Outstanding Defensive Player in Jen Miller , while OSU head coach Lori Walker earned Coach of the Tournament honors.
FORECASTING THE 2003 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT FIELD
The Nittany Lions currently hold a No. 5 standing in the SoccerBuzz.com rankings with Illinois falling in at No. 12 in both SoccerBuzz and in the NSCAA polls. The Buckeyes round out the ranked field at No. 17 in the SoccerBuzz and Soccertimes polls.
Michigan enters the 2003 tournament after a upending No. 2 ranked Notre Dame 3-2 in South Bend, Ind. to close out the regular season at 7-6-6.
Rounding out the tourament field are sixth-seed Indiana, No. 7 Michigan State and the host Wisconsin at No. 8.
One of UM's four draws came in Columbus on Oct. 3, when the Buckeyes and Wolverines played to a 1-1 stalemate. The match is the second straight meeting where Ohio State and Michigan have extended to at least 110 minutes as the meeting in the 2002 conference tournament went to a shootout, where Ohio State advanced by a 5-4 count.
Leading the Wolverine's this season is senior forward Stephanie Chavez. Chavez, leads Michigan with five goals, three assists and 13 points. Against Notre Dame, Chavez netted the game-winning goal.
The goalkeeper for Michigan is a former Big Ten co-defensive player of the week recipient, freshman Megan Tuura. Tuura has tallied over 1,000 minutes, allowed only seven goals and compiled a GAA of 0.60. Against Notre Dame, Tuura posted a career high eight saves. Tuura has posted a 4-2-5 record with two shuouts.
The Wolverines are led by 10th-year head coach Debbie Rademacher. Rademacher, owns a 125-72-19 record with the Wolverines. Last year Radenmacher led Michigan to a 16-7-1 mark which was capped by reaching the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament. Rademacher has guided the Michigan soccer team to six-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and has coached two teams to Big Ten Championships (1999 and 1997).
LAST MEETING: OSU 1 - UM 1
Michigan struck on a Stephanie Chavez goal, which slipped past Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam.
Ohio State would even the game at 1-1 in the second half when Kathy Fulk blasted a shot past UM goalie Suzie Grech.
LAST YEAR: OSU USES OVERTIME PENALTY KICKS TO DOWN MICHIGAN
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN: THE SERIES
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 12 goals in 18 matches.
Overall, the Ohio State defense has allowed just two of 18 opponents to score more than one goal in a match this season.
ALL-TIME TEAM SHUTOUT MARK WITHIN REACH OF 2003 SQUAD
Included in the eight 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 and edged Bowling Green 3-2, which upped the OSU scoring advantage in non-conference matches to 28-4.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Additionally, two Buckeyes stand on the door step of double figure points as assists leader Paige Harrision completed the regular season with nine points, while freshman Jackie Lafond is just one goal shy of 10 points on the season with eight.
Also worthy of note is the distribution of shots across the Buckeye attack as Miller leads the squad with 36 and is followed closely by Hoban with 35, Dietrich with 34 and Fulk with 32 strikes. Gilbert and Mumley are not far off with 27 and 26 shots, respectively.
SUCCESS WHEN STRIKING EARLY
The Buckeyes have enjoyed a lead at halftime in nine of the 18 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.
Danielle Dietrich led the Buckeyes to a 2-1 win over Purdue with a two-goal effort Sept. 28.
In addition to Dietrich's, 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 0.33, 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 43-15 advantage in assists.
ASSISTS RECORD BELONGS TO 2003
KEEPER BY COMMITTEE
Leading the way is Sinkway, who has logged over 710 minutes and has posted a 5-2-1 record, including a pair of shutouts. Sinkway has posted a sparkling GAA of 0.51 with 40 saves. She also leads her teammates with a save percentage of .907.
Haynam has started 12 of the 18 contests played this season and posts a 0.83 GAA with 41 saves and an .854 save percentage, while collecting four wins vs. one loss and two ties in a team-high 762 minutes.
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.
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 2-0-3, upping its all-time record in overtime matches to 14-8-12.