Nov. 6, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (15-3-3) has advanced to the 2004 Big Ten Tournament championship match to face Penn State (18-1-1) at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The No. 2-seed Buckeyes are playing host to the tournament and seek to continue their 12-match unbeaten (11-0-1) streak at home vs. the Nittany Lions.
College Sports Television will air a live broadcast of the championship match Sunday. The game also will be covered by the Ohio State University's student radio network KBUX. Fans can access the internet broadcast at www.underground.fm/sports.
Live game stats also will be provided at the official website of Ohio State athletics at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com on the women's soccer homepage.
OHIO STATE'S ROUTE TO THE FINAL
The Buckeyes earned a spot in the title match with a quarterfinal win Thursday over Purdue, 2-0, and a 5-2 victory over Michigan Friday in the tourney semifinal round.
Against Michigan, the Buckeyes struck early and often as Danielle Dietrich and Melissa Miller combined with a Wolverine own goal to take a 3-0 lead just shade more than 20 minutes into the match.
The Buckeyes, who took a 3-1 advantage into halftime, continued to attack in the second half as Lisa Grubb and Colleen Hoban added goals in a 55-second span in the 50th and 51st minutes.
In the quarterfinal vs. Purdue, Lara Dickenmann netted a pair of goals in the first half, lifting the Buckeyes to a 2-0 victory over Purdue Thursday night.
Dickenamm capitalized on a pair of fine feeds from Hoban and buried her ninth and 10th scores of the season in the fifth and 20th minutes. HOW THE NITTANY LIONS ADVANCED
Big Ten player of the year Tiffany Weimer led Penn State to a 2-0 win over Indiana in the quarterfinal round Thursday with a goal and an assist and then netted a pair of scores in the first half of a 3-2 win over Illinois in the semifinals. The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Illini, but saw that advantage disappear as Illinois scored twice in the early minutes of the second half. PSU's Stephanie Pezullo scored the game-winner in the 76th minute.
HOME SWEET HOME
Win its two wins in the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State upped its mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to 11-0-1. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 40-7 in those contests and have improved their record to 18-1-3 at JOMS in the last two seasons, including a 58-11 scoring margin during that span.
BUCKEYES SET SINGLE SEASON WIN MARK
Ohio State's 5-2 triumph over Michigan in the Big Ten tourney semifinal match served as the squad's 15th win of the 2004 season and marks a program best. The 15 wins topped the 14 triumphs recorded by the 1996 team that went 14-7 overall.
GRUBB TIES OSU CAREER GOALS RECORD
With her second-half goal in the win Friday over Michigan, Lisa Grubb now has 30 career goals, tying the OSU all-time mark held by Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97). Grubb has a career-high 11 goals this season. She scored two in an injury-shortened campaign last year, which followed seven goals in 2002 and 10 as the Big Ten freshman of the Year in 2001.
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS FALL VS. MICHIGAN
Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb moved into the top two spots in several single season records in the win vs. Michigan Friday.
Grubb's second-period goal against UM served as her 11th of the season, which ties the OSU single season mark set by Tiffany Tisdale in 1996 and Lisa Suttmiller in 1994. Grubb also added an assist on Danielle Dietrich's first-half score, upping her season point total to 31, which also moved her past Suttmiller's 30 points in 1996 for a season standard.
Against UM, Dickenmann assisted on two of Ohio State's five scores, moving her assist total to 10 on the season. The 10 assists breaks the OSU single season record of eight set by Suttmiller in 1996.
With her two assists Friday, Dickenmann also joined Grubb and Suttmiller in the 30-point club for one season.
Dietrich also is near the 30-point plateau. She scored her 10th goal of the season Friday, moving her point total to 27.
OHIO STATE SETS SEASON RECORDS
With perhaps its best season on record, Ohio State has set several team season highs in 2004. Not only have the Buckeyes set a single-season best with 15 wins, they have tied the single-season record for goals with 54, set in 1996. The Buckeyes have scored those goals on a record 461 shot attempts. OSU also has a record 53 assists in 2004, topping the 44 set in 2003.
Defensively, Ohio State has tied the 2003 squad for fewest goals allowed with 17 and shutouts with nine.
WALKER SCORES CAREER WIN NO. 100
After tallying a win against Purdue Thursday, head coach Lori Walker notched her 100th career win. Following the win over Michigan Friday, she currently holds an overall mark of 101-87-13 in 10 seasons. Walker's 87-64-12 record at Ohio State is the winningest in the Buckeyes' 11 years of soccer. She spent two seasons as head coach at Kansas.
Walker is 8-8 in Big Ten tournament play and 9-10 in the postseason.
MATCH SUNDAY MARKS OHIO STATE'S THIRD TRIP TO BIG TEN TOURNEY FINALS
Walker has led the Buckeyes to two previous appearances in the Big Ten tournament title match. In 1998, the Buckeyes rolled past Wisconsin, 1-0, and Indiana, 3-2, before dropping a 2-0 decision to the Nittany Lions. In 2002, Ohio State claimed the tournament championship with wins over Michigan and Purdue via penalty kicks in the quarters and semis before a 2-1 win vs. Wisconsin in the final.
BUCKEYES AND NITTANY LIONS MEET IN TOURNEY FOR THIRD TIME
Ohio State and Penn State have two prior meetings in the Big Ten tournament with the Nittany Lions claiming 2-0 wins in each contest. In State College in 1998, Penn State downed the Buckeyes in the tournament championship match. In 2001, PSU avenged a regular season loss at Ohio State with the second 2-0 triumph in West Lafayette, Ind.
OSU - PSU: ALL-TIME SERIES
All-time, Ohio State is 3-10 against Penn State. At home, the Buckeyes hold a 3-2 record against the Nittany Lions with their last victory a 2-1 upset of then-No. 4 PSU Oct. 26, 2001.
The Buckeyes are 0-6 in State College, Pa. and the Nittany Lions hold a 1-0 record against the Buckeyes on neutral turf.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
No. 3 Penn State will serve as Ohio State's sixth ranked opponent and second Top 5 foe this year.
Ohio State is 1-3-1 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 victory against a Top 25 squad came Oct. 11, in a 3-0 victory over then No. 11 Illinois.
A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 3 in the country by all recognized polls and finished the 2004 Big Ten season a perfect 10-0. Penn State's only blemishes on its season record are a loss at Washington, who handed Ohio State one of its three defeats, and a draw at James Madison.
The PSU attack is led by 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year Tiffany Weimer. So far in the two matches of the postseason, Weimer has three goals and an assist, moving her season point-total to 59 with 25 goals. She is complimented by Amanda Lentz and Sophie Hiler, who each have five goals this season.
The Nittany Lions also boast the Big Ten defensive player of the year in Erin McCleod, who sports a 16-0-1 record and a goals against average of 0.19. The PSU defense has allowed just seven goals in 20 matches this season.
OHIO STATE AT BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
With a 2-0 mark so far in the 2004 league tournament, Ohio State has evened its record at 8-8 in Big Ten postseason matches. The Buckeyes have competed in all but one Big Ten tournament (2000) since its inception in 1994. Ohio State was crowned champions of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wis.
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.
NOLLEN'S STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE STARTS REACHES 83
Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen, who was named Academic All-America Friday, has started every match of her career. Friday marked her 83rd straight start in the game against Michigan. Nollen started all 20 matches in her freshman year and has not missed a contest since.
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.