No. 4 Seed Ohio State Hosts Oakland in NCAA First Round

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Nov. 8, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 16th-ranked and fourth-seeded Ohio State women's soccer team opens NCAA Tournament play against Oakland at 5 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With a win, the Buckeyes will take on the Texas A&M/Stephen F. Austin winner in the second round next weekend at a site to be determined.

The Buckeyes, on a nine-game win streak, are 16-4-1 on the season and finished second in the Big Ten regular season with an 8-2-1 record.

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Ohio State defeated No. 5 seed Illinois, 2-1, to win the third Big Ten Tournament title in program history Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. Tiffany Cameron scored a pair of goals and Jillian McVicker tallied a career-high six saves as the Buckeyes' earned the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Oakland is 11-5-3 on the season, 6-2-0 in Summit League play and won the Summit League Tournament. The Grizzlies are led offensively by Kyla Kellermann (9g, 4a) and Abigail Haelewyn (3g, 9a). Goalkeeper Shannon Coley has posted a 0.80 goals-against average with eight shutouts.

Oakland won the only meeting between the two schools, 4-1, in 2000.

For their play in the Buckeyes' Big Ten Tournament victories, Tiffany Cameron was named the Offensive Player of the Tournament while Jillian McVicker garnered Defensive Player of the Tournament honors. Cameron, McVicker and Lauren Granberg were each named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team.

Tiffany Cameron and Danica Wu, were named first team All-Big Ten, the conference office announced Oct. 31. In addition, Kendyl Reed garnered second team All-Big Ten honors, Jillian McVicker was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and Rachel Middleman was the Buckeyes' sportsmanship award honoree.

Ohio State is 9-7-1 in seven previous NCAA Tournament appearances, all under current head coach Lori Walker, after going 5-2-1 over the last two seasons. The Buckeyes advanced to the program's first College Cup in 2010 and followed that up with a Sweet 16 run a season ago.

With the win over Iowa Oct. 12, the 2012 senior class of Tiffany Cameron, Lauren Granberg, Jessie Greenberg, Kendyl Reed and Aly Walker became the winningest in Ohio State women's soccer history. A look at the other top classes in program history:

59 wins: 2012
51 wins: 2010, 2011
49 wins: 2006
48 wins: 1999, 2007

With her second goal Oct. 18 against Michigan, Tiffany Cameron moved into first place on the Ohio State single-season goals list and, with her first goal Oct. 26 at Indiana, became the Buckeyes' all-time leading goal scorer. After adding another against the Hoosiers and two more against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament, Cameron sits at 39 for her career, four ahead of Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann. Cameron is also second on the Ohio State career points list with 94, trailing only Lisa Grubb (95). In addition, Lauren Granberg has moved into 11th on the career goals list with 21 and 10th on the career points list with 57. With 45 points this season, Cameron ranks first on the Ohio State single-season list, while Granberg sits tied for seventh with 25.

Tiffany Cameron - Offensive POW (10/29)
Tiffany Cameron - Offensive POW (10/22)
Lauren Granberg - Offensive POW (10/15)
Tiffany Cameron - Offensive POW (9/10)
Rachel Middleman - Defensive POW (9/10)
Kendyl Reed - Defensive POW (8/27)
Michela Pardiso - FOW (8/27)

As a team, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in most defensive categories including goals allowed (13, 1st), goals-against average (0.61, 1st) and shutouts (11, 2nd). On the offensive end, the Buckeyes rank fourth with 39 goals and are tied for first with 50 assists.

Individually, Tiffany Cameron leads the Big Ten with nine game-winning goals and is second with 20 goals overall and 45 points. Lauren Grenberg is tied for third with nine assists while Michela Paradiso is tied for sixth with eight helpers. In addition, Jillian McVicker leads the Big Ten with a 0.54 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage while Rachel Middleman is second with a 0.69 goals-against average and sixth with an .811 save percentage.

On a national level, the Buckeyes 13th in save percentage and 18th in goals-against average. Cameron is first nationally with nine game-winners and third with 20 goals. McVicker sits seventh in save percentage and 14th in goals-against average.

- The Buckeyes are 16-0-0 this season when they find the back of the net.
- Tiffany Cameron has scored at least one goal in all but two victories (Nebraska, 10/31 and Michigan, 11/2).
- Cameron or Lauren Granberg have combined to score or have an assist on 29 of the 39 Ohio State goals this season.
- Cameron's nine game-winners this season is tied for second on Big Ten single-season list. Her 19 career game-winners puts her in a tie for fourth all-time in the Big Ten.
- Ohio State is 30-1-1 all-time when Cameron scores a goal.
- The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 25-5 during their nine-game win streak. The streak ties a program record set by the 2004 squad
- The win against Indiana Oct. 26 tied the 2010 Buckeyes for most victories in Big Ten play with eight.
- The Buckeyes are ranked 16th in this week's NSCAA Top 25 in addition to a No. 2 ranking in the Great Lakes region. Ohio State also is ranked No. 12 in this week's NCAA RPI.

Ohio State is under the direction of 16th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to seven NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11) as well as two Big Ten Tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 186-124-27 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 199-147-28.

Glen Tourville is in his fifth season as associate head coach while Jason Goodson enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes. The 2012 season is the ninth for volunteer coach Spencer Bownas.

Ohio State has received 28 of its 39 goals this season from north of the border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (20 goals) and Lauren Granberg (8) have led the charge on goal. Cameron, Granberg and Danica Wu also have combined for 17 of the Buckeyes' 50 assists.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the sparkling home to the Buckeyes, has provided quite the home-field advantage for the women's soccer team. Some stats about the facility:

- The home team is 99-38-12 all-time.
- Ohio State is 80-21-10 since 2003 and 55-16-6 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.