Nov. 6, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women's soccer team (9-8-1 overall, 5-4-1 in the Big Ten) has finished its regular season but not its mission of making the NCAA tournament field. The Buckeyes road to the national tournament begins at 11 a.m. (EST). Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., when No. 4 seed OSU battles No. 5 seed Purdue at East Field. The winner of the tournament, which runs Nov. 8-11, will represent the Big Ten with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Ticket information and driving directions are available at the Purdue Athletics Web site, www.purduesports.com or by calling 1-800-497-7678.
Quarterfinals Thursday, Nov. 8 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Game 1: No. 1 Penn State vs. No. 8 Northwestern
Game 2: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Purdue
Game 3: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 7 Michigan St.
Game 4: No. 3 Illinois vs. No. 6 Iowa
Semifinals Friday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m.
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner
Finals Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner
GOOD MARKS FOR GRUBB
Lisa Grubb has finished her first regular season with the Buckeyes and has made quite an impact. She leads the team with 22 points on nine goals and four assists and has netted three game-winning goals. She also ranks among the top scorers in the Big Ten conference.
Grubb is tied for fourth in shots (60), goals (nine) and gamewinning goals (three) in the conference and her 22 points ranks her tied for sixth among her Big Ten counterparts.
THE UPS AND DOWNS
The Buckeyes had a rollercoaster-like season in 2001. OSU opened the year 3-0-0 with wins over Wright State, Kent State and No. 9 Connecticut. The Buckeyes then found a valley and went 0-5-0 before defeating Purdue, 1-0, Oct. 1.
After the win over the Boilermakers, the Buckeyes lost two in a row. Since losing to Michigan State, 1-0, Oct. 7, OSU set a program record for the longest unbeaten streak with a 5-0-1 record. The Buckeyes finished the regular season with a 2-0 loss to No. 1 North Carolina.
IT'S A RECORD
The OSU-UNC match on Nov. 3 drew a record home attendance of 3,006 fans to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Nov. 3. The previous mark was 804 when Notre Dame visited Columbus Oct. 1, 1995.
Despite a 2-0 loss at home to the No. 1 team in the nation, OSU remained in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the Great Lakes region according to the Nov. 5 NSCAA/adidas and SoccerBuzz polls, respectively. Nationally, the Buckeyes have received votes in both polls, placing them just outside the Top 25.
AN ORDER OF LARGE WINS
Ohio State has faced three nationally-ranked opponents this year and has left the pitch with two tallies in the win column. In their third match of the year, the Buckeyes handed then-No. 9 Connecticut a 2-1 defeat in Storrs, Conn., at the UConn Classic. OSU also defeated then-No. 4 Penn State Oct. 26, 2-1. The Buckeyes could not make it 3-0 against Top 25 foes when No. 1 UNC came to town. OSU fell, 2-0, to UNC.
WALKER AT THE HELM
Now in her fifth season as head coach, Lori Walker has amassed a 49-44-5 record (.526) with the Scarlet and Gray, including two 12-plus win campaigns. She is 17-27-3 (.394) in Big Ten play. Walker stands 62-67-6 (.481) overall as a collegiate coach following a two year stint at Kansas.
Coach Rob Klatte guided the Boilermakers to a 10-5-3 overall record and garnered the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten tournament with a 4-3-3 conference record. Led by the goalkeeping of Elizabeth Boldt, PU posted the third-most shutouts among Big Ten teams with seven. Boldt leads the conference with a 0.77 goals-against average. Lauren Sesselmann led the team in points with 24 (9G, 6A), fifth among Big Ten players.
BUCKEYES VS. BOILERMAKERS
Ohio State defeated Purdue, 1-0, in West Lafayette, Ind., Oct. 1 when Lisa Grubb tallied the gamewinner in the 62nd minute. In the series, OSU is 3-1-0 all-time with the only loss coming in a 1-0 decision last year.
As a team, the Buckeyes rank tied for fifth in the Big Ten in goals scored (28), seventh in shots (254) and points (78), shutouts (4), saves (79) and assists (22) and eighth in goals allowed (26).
Individually, Emily Thorpe and Jen Heaney join Lisa Grubb as the only Buckeyes ranked in the Top 10 of any statistical category in the conference. Thorpe is 10th in assists with five and her 0.28 assists per match also is 10th.
Heaney is tied for fifth in saves with 70 and shutouts with four. She also is seventh in goals against average. Heaney has allowed 23 goals in 18 matches for a 1.31 GAA.
ITS A RECORD II
The Buckeyes have committed 280 fouls this season, breaking the previous total of 271 set in 1998. But OSU is has been on the receiving end of the fouls as well. The Buckeyes' opponents have committed 255 fouls this year, two shy of the record set in 1996.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes welcomed the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels to Columbus Nov. 3 and put up a good fight before falling, 2-0, in front of a record crowd of 3,006 fans at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Jen Heaney recorded 10 saves, a career high, but the Tar Heels put two of their 28 shots in the net in the first half to secure their 16th win in a row, the longest streak in the nation.
NO. 1 PENN STATE
The No. 8 Nittany Lions finished the year with a 15-3-1 overall record and captured the Big Ten title for the fourth-consecutive year with an 8-1-1 mark. Christie Welsh led PSU to the No. 1 seed in the tournament with 54 points (21G, 12A) this year. OSU defeated PSU, 2-1, Oct. 26 in Columbus to stop the Nittany Lions' conference unbeaten streak at 29.
NO. 2 MICHIGAN
Michigan, ranked as high as No. 22 in the polls this season, earned the No. 2 seed with a Big Ten record of 8-2-0 and went 11-6-1 overall. PSU earned one more point than the Wolverines for first place. Abby Crumpton paced UM with 22 points (9G, 4A). Ohio State and UM met Oct. 5 in Columbus with the Maize and Blue winning, 4-0.
NO. 3 ILLINOIS
The Buckeyes' six match unbeaten streak began Oct. 12 in Champaign, Ill., with a 3-1 defeat of the Fighting Illini. UI finished third in the conference with a 6-3-0 record and posted a 10-6-1 overall record for the year. Colleen Joyce finished third in the Big Ten in points with 25 (11G, 3A).
NO. 6 IOWA
Iowa finished the 2001 campaign with an 8-9-1 record and went 4-5-1 in the Big Ten to qualify for the tournament as the No. 6 seed. Britta Vogele led the Big Ten with 101 saves, one of two goalkeepers to break the century mark. The Buckeyes defeated UI, 3-1, in Iowa City, Iowa, Oct. 14.
NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE
MSU was one of five conference teams to record a double-digit win total this year. The Spartans were 10-7-2 overall, 4-5-1 in conference and posted 10 shutouts. Ohio State fell to the Spartans, 1-0, in Columbus, Oct. 7 after surrendering a goal with three minutes remaining in the match.
NO. 8 NORTHWESTERN
NU and Indiana finished with a 3-6-1 Big Ten record, but the Wildcats made the field of eight based on goal differential. NU posted an 8-9-1 overall record this year. Goalkeeper Susan McCreery finished fourth in the conference with a goals-against average of 0.94. OSU defeated NU Oct. 19, 1-0, on the strength of a converted penalty kick by Jen Miller at the 22:25 mark of the match.