Nov. 8, 2004
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Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (16-3-3), fresh off its second Big Ten tournament title in the last three seasons, will serve as one of 16 host schools for the first and second rounds of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The No. 6-seeded Buckeyes, who earned the Big Ten automatic berth with a 2-0 shutout of No. 3 Penn State Sunday, will face Bowling Green (10-11-2 Mid-American Conference) at 7 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Detroit (13-7-1 Horizon League) and Michigan (11-8-2 Big Ten) also will play their first and second round games at Ohio State, facing each other in the 4:30 p.m. match Friday. The winners of the first-round tilts Friday will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday.
2004 NCAA First Round and Second Rounds
at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Friday, Nov. 12
4:30 p.m. Detroit vs. Michigan
7 p.m. Bowling Green vs. No. 6 Ohio State
Sunday, Nov. 14
1 p.m. winner Detroit/Michigan vs. winner Bowling Green/ Ohio State
Lori Walker, Ohio State head coach, looks forward to playing at home where the Buckeyes finished the season undefeated at 12-0-1.
"We are excited to back home at Jesse Owens," Walker said. "The sixth seed is higher than I expected, but we like our side of the bracket. We get an in-state opponent in Bowling Green in the first round. That should make for a great atmosphere."
Ohio State women's soccer will serve as host to an NCAA event for the first time in program history, while making its third straight appearance in the national tournament. The Buckeyes completed the regular season with program records in wins (16), league wins (6), winning percentage (.841), shutouts (10), goals (56) and also reeled off a 13-match unbeaten streak during the middle to late portion of the schedule.
Individually, Lara Dickenmann, who was named 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and outstanding offensive player of the league tournament, has set OSU records with 12 goals, 10 assists and 34 points. Fellow all-Big Ten honoree, Lisa Grubb is not far behind with a career-high 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists. Fellow junior Danielle Dietrich also has pitched in a career-best 28 points on 10 goals and eight assists.
Defensively, Ohio State features 2004 All-Big Ten defender and 2003 All-America honoree Melissa Miller and 2004 Outstanding Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament Erica Nollen. Each has played an integral part in the 10 Buckeye blankings and has helped Ohio Stae limit opponents to a program low 17 goals in 22 matches for a 0.74 goals against average. Emily Haynam, Ohio State's senior goalkeeper, is 13-2-2 on the year and has allowed just 0.68 goals per contest.
Bowling Green and Detroit earned automatic bids by winning their respective conference tournaments. Michigan received an at-large berth after a third-place finish in the Big Ten regular season.
A complete tournament bracket is available at www.ncaasports.com.
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