Nov. 7, 2002
Columbus, Ohio-Ohio State senior defender Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio) was selected as a member of the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America First Team in District IV. Miller, an Academic All-Big Ten recipient in 2000 and 2001, is one of 11 first-team selections set to represent District IV as candidates for the Verizon All-America Team.
Miller, a co-captain on the 2002 squad, holds a 3.84 grade point average in mechanical engineering and has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete status in each of the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons.
On the field, Miller has piloted a defensive unit that has allowed just 1.44 goals per contest and recorded five shutouts on the season. Her defensive unit twice held opponents to zero shots in a half as the Buckeyes held Kent State to no first period shots in the Buckeyes' 3-0 win on Oct. 30 and held Cincinnati to zero shots in the second half of a 1-0 loss on Nov. 2.
Miller is also a major contributor on the offensive end, registering three goals and a team-best five assists to finish third on the team with 13 total points. She was recognized by Soccer America for her efforts in consecutive 1-0 wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota on the weekend of Oct. 18-20. In the Minnesota match, Miller netted the game-winning goal in the 107th minute of play for the double-overtime victory.
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker expressed how pleasurable an experience it has been to mentor such an outstanding performer both on the field and in the classroom.
"Jen enjoys stepping up to all challenges, whether they be in soccer or academically," Walker said. "Her defensive play and leadership have been valuable commodities to our team this season. She has been the heart and soul of our defense and I am thrilled for her to receive such a great honor."
Miller and her Buckeye teammates travel to East Lansing, Mich. this week for the 2002 Big Ten Tournament as the Buckeyes face No. 24 Michigan Thursday in a quarterfinal match set to kick off at 10 a.m.