Nov. 10, 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 in the Columbus pod 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 for the right to advance.
2004 NCAA First and Second Rounds
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
BROADCAST/ LIVE SCORING INFORMATION
The Ohio State University's student radio network will air all OSU matches played this weekend. Fans can access the internet broadcast at www.underground.fm:8080/ramgen/broadcast/underground.rm.
Matches played in the NCAA tournament will have a central web location for live scoring at www.ncaasports.com. Ohio State is not permitted to provide live scoring of Buckeye matches at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. All scores from the other host sites also will be available at www.ncaasports.com.
LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES WIN BIG TEN TOURNEY
Ohio State won its second Big Ten tournament title in the last three seasons with a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Penn State Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Lara Dickenmann, who was named most outstanding offensive player of the tournament, netted both Ohio State scores in the second half to help the Buckeyes lock up their third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes shutdown the Big Ten's leading attack in Penn State and the 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year Tiffany Weimer. The Ohio State backline limited the Nittany Lions to five shots, including just one strike from Weimer.
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 nearly 21 minutes into the match. The Buckeyes 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, Dickenmann netted a pair of goals in the first half, lifting the Buckeyes to a 2-0 victory. The win over Purdue gave head coach Lori Walker her 100th career victory.
RADIO HIGHLIGHTS OF BIG TEN TOURNAMENT AVAILABLE
Radio highlights - courtesy of the Ohio State student radio network - of several Buckeye scoring plays and the championship celebration from the 2004 Big Ten Tournament can be accessed at www.underground.fm. Fans can relive the action at the following link http://www.underground.fm/sports/multimedia.html.
DICKENMANN AND NOLEN SWEEP BIG TEN TOURNEY HONORS, MUMLEY NAMED TO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
With her eight points and pair of game-winning goals, Lara Dickenmann was named outstanding offensive player of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament. She netted four goals total, with two coming in each of the 2-0 wins over Purdue and Penn State, while adding a pair of assists in the 5-2 triumph over Michigan.
Defensively, Erica Nollen was deemed outstanding defender of the tournament as she helped the Buckeyes record two shutouts, including a blanking of Penn State, which led the conference in most offensive statistics. The shutout served as just the second for PSU this season. Nollen was part of a Buckeye backline that also held Mac Herrman finalist and 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year Tiffany Weimer to just one shot Sunday.
Rounding out the tournament accolades was senior midfielder Liz Mumley, who was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight season.
BUCKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN AWARDS, DICKENMANN NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Several members of the Ohio State women's soccer team were awarded postseason awards by the Big Ten Nov. 3 at its annual banquet in the Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium. Freshman standout Lara Dickenmann was named 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while teammate Melissa Miller joined her with first team all-conference distinction. Lisa Grubb, Ohio State's last freshman of the year winner in 2001, was named second team at forward. Senior co-captain Erica Nollen was nominated for the Big Ten sportsmanship award.
HOME SWEET HOME
With its three wins in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State upped its mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to 12-0-1 this season. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 42-7 in those contests and have improved their record to 19-1-3 at JOMS in the last two seasons, including a 60-to-11 scoring margin during that span.
BUCKEYES SET SINGLE SEASON WIN MARK
Ohio State's 2-0 triumph over Penn State in the Big Ten tourney championship match served as the squad's 16th win of the 2004 season and marks a program best. The 16 wins topped the 14 victories recorded by the 1996 team that went 14-7 overall. Ohio State also established a program-best with six wins in the Big Ten regular season.
OHIO STATE ON ALL-TIME BEST SIX-MATCH WIN STREAK
The Buckeyes closed out the 2004 regular season with wins in each of its last three matches against non-league foes Loyola, Kent State and Toledo. The Buckeyes have combined that string with three straight wins in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament over Purdue, Michigan and Penn State to set a program-best six-match win streak. Previously, Ohio State won five straight to start the 2003 season.
DICKENMANN SHATTERS SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS
With her two goals against Penn State last Sunday, Lara Dickenmann shattered the Ohio State points mark, reaching 34 for the 2004 season. With 12 goals and 10 assists this season, the native of Kreins, Switzerland snapped Lisa Suttmiller's (1994-97) record of 29 set in 1994. The 12 scores also stands as a Buckeye record, surpassing the 11 by Tiffany Tisdale (1994-97) in 1996. Dickenmann also established the season assist mark with 10.
GRUBB TIES OSU CAREER GOALS RECORD
With her second-half goal in the win Friday over Michigan, Lisa Grubb 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, which is good for second all-time in Ohio State annals behind the 12 scored by teammate Lara Dickenmann. Grubb 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.
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 16 wins, they have set the single season record for goals with 56. The Buckeyes have scored those goals on a record 474 shot attempts. OSU also has a record 56 assists in 2004, topping the 44 set in 2003.
Defensively, Ohio State has set a shutout standard with 10 and tied the 2003 squad for fewest goals allowed with 17.
WALKER SCORES CAREER WIN NO. 100
After tallying a 2-0 victory against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal, head coach Lori Walker notched her 100th career win. Including Ohio State's current six-match win streak, Walker holds an overall mark of 102-87-13 in 10 seasons. Walker's 89-64-12 record at Ohio State is the winningest in the Buckeyes' 11 years of soccer. She spent two seasons as head coach at Kansas.
Walker now is 9-8 in Big Ten tournament play and 10-10 overall in the postseason, including a 1-2 mark in NCAA tournament play.
NOLLEN'S STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE STARTS REACHES 85
Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Sunday marked her 85th straight start in the game against Penn State. Nollen started all 20 matches in her freshman year and has not missed a contest since.
HOLDING A LEAD
With the win over Purdue and Michigan in the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes improved to 11-0 when leading at intermission. Ohio State also has won 13-of-14 matches when scoring the first goal of the contest. The Buckeyes' only loss when scoring first was in the season opener vs. 2002 NCAA Champion Portland, which turned out to be a 2-1 loss in Seattle, Wash.
The Buckeyes also have a pair of come-from-behind victories this season, the last coming at Michigan State and vs. Northwestern. The Buckeyes are 3-2-2 when tied at halftime.
A LOOK AT BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green enters the NCAA tournament 10-11-2 on the year and champions of the 2004 Mid-American Conference Tournament. BGSU gained an automatic NCAA bid when it defeated Central Michigan, 2-0, Sunday in the MAC tournament championship at Ohio University.
The Falcons are led by senior forward Kristy Copes. Copes is the team leader in points with 38 on 18 goals and two assists.
Sophomore Ali Shinger handles goalkeeping duties for the Falcons. In her first collegiate season, Shinger has posted an 8-10-2 record with five shutouts, a goals against average of 1.43 and 102 saves.
The head coach for Bowling Green is Andy Richards. Richards is 47-51-2 in five seasons of coaching in the NCAA. This will be his first trip to the NCAA tournament as a head coach.
OSU - BG: ALL-TIME SERIES
All-time, Ohio State is 3-1 against Bowling Green. At home, the Buckeyes are 1-1 and, on the road, Ohio State holds a 2-0 record against the Falcons. In their last meeting, Ohio State downed Bowling Green in double overtime, 3-2, Oct. 31, 2003. In 2001, Bowling Green defeated the Buckeyes, 2-0, in Columbus.
2003: OHIO STATE DOWNS BOWLING GREEN IN OT
Ohio State defeated Bowling Green, 3-2, in double overtime to close out the 2003 regular season on Halloween.
The match was scoreless for more than 75 minutes before Ohio State struck first at the 75:54 mark when Colleen Hoban fed Paige Harrison a pass that Harrison headed past Falcon goalie Ali Shinger.
Bowling Green quickly rallied to tie the match at 1-1 less than a minute later when Samantha Meister fired a pass from teammate Julie Trundle past OSU goalkeeper Emily Haynam at the 76:26 mark. Bowling Green took a 2-1 lead in the 80th minute of play when Leah Eggleton slipped a shot past Haynam.
Ohio State tied the match at 2-2 with just 25 seconds remaining in the game when Hoban scored her first of two goals, burying a shot past Shingler. Hoban would tally the game-winner in third minute of the second overtime when she handled a pass from Erica Nollen, which she sent over the head of Shingler.
OHIO STATE AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This weekend marks the third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for Ohio State. The Buckeyes hold a 1-2 record in NCAA tournament play. In the Buckeyes' first appearance in 2002, they fell to Notre Dame, 3-1, in the first round. In 2003, the Buckeyes defeated Dayton, 3-0, in round one for the team's first-ever NCAA tournament win before falling, 3-0, to West Virginia in the second round.
A LOOK BACK AT THE 2003 NCAA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State was victorious in the first-round of the 2003 NCAA tournament, defeating Dayton 3-0 in Morgantown, W.Va. before falling in the second round to host West Virginia, 3-0. The win against Dayton gave the Buckeyes their first NCAA tournament victory.
Against UD, the Buckeyes used goals from Kathy Fulk, Liz Mumley and Jen Heaney. Defensively, goalkeeper Emily Haynam recorded four saves to claim the victory.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
No. 3 Penn State served as Ohio State's sixth ranked opponent and second Top 5 foe this year.
With the win in the league championship match, Ohio State is 2-3-1 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 two victories over Top 25 squads came Oct. 11, in a 3-0 victory over then No. 11 Illinois and last Sunday over No. 3 PSU.
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 Oct.17, 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.
FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT
Ohio State's highest ranked recruiting class - rated in the Top 10 by many publications - is making its presence felt this season. In addition to Dickenmann, Keiana Mitchell and Carla Arbulu have posted points as well. Arbulu has four assists and one goal while Mitchell has tallied one goal and one assist and played stellar defensively in 21 matches, including 8 starts. Heather Young scored OSU's first goal of the year in a 2-1 loss to No.6 Portland Aug, 27 before suffering an injury.
Ohio State already boasts a high-scoring tandem in Lara Dickenmann, who has 34 points on 12 goals and 10 assists, and Lisa Grubb, who has 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists. Not trailing far behind is Danielle Dietrich, who has netted 28 points this season on 10 goals and eight assists.
The 2004 season marks the first time two Ohio State players have scored at least 30 points and the first time a trio of Buckeyes have tallied 25 or more points. Another Dietrich goal would give Ohio State three players with at least 30 points.
Prior to 2004, 10 Buckeyes had scored 20 points or more in a single season and on just one occasion did two or more players reach 20 points in the same season (1997 - Tiffany Tisdale-21, Jodie Stranges-20).
STIFLING DEFENSE CONTINUES
The Buckeye defense has been remarkable this season, allowing just 17 goals through 22 matches for a goals against average of 0.74, an all-time best for a single season.
Ohio State finished the 2003 season with a 0.77 GAA, which set a then all-time best.
The Buckeyes hold a decided edge when it comes to shots this season. Currently, Ohio State has fired 474 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who have 196. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly have tripled their opponents' output with an advantage of 192-68.
Per match, Ohio State strikes for 21.5 shots to its opponents 8.9.
In 2003, Ohio State fired 317 shots to their opponents 240. The 2002 season saw the Buckeyes attempt the second-most shots all-time in a season with 350 to their opponents' 233. In 2001, Ohio State registered 273 shots vs. 245 for their opponents.
SEALING THE DEAL
Ohio State owns a 56-17 advantage in goals this season. Included in that figure is a 30-9 margin in goals scored in the second half of matches, which served as a major contribution to Ohio State's 16-3-3 overall record.
MOVIN' ON UP
Through Nov. 9, several Buckeyes have climbed up the all-time charts during the season. Danielle Dietrich already has established a career-best in goals this season with 10 and has pushed her career total to 15, which is good for seventh place all-time. Dietrich also ranks ninth all-time in career points with 42.
Senior Paige Harrison has two assists this season, upping her career mark to 12, which places her at No. 5 all-time as well. Lisa Grubb's 15 career assists stands fourth best among the career leaders. Liz Mumley also continues to ascend in the all-time assists category as she now has 12 for her career, which ties for seventh in Buckeye annals.
In total points, Colleen Hoban now is fifth all-time at 56 points. Mumley also is 10th in Buckeye annals in scoring with 31 career points.
Emily Haynam is ranked second all-time in career GAA with 0.76 and is third in career shutouts with 10. Haynam also is fourth in career saves with 151.
TOUGH IN NET
Ohio State boasts an impressive 0.74 goals allowed average. Behind that figure is a pair of keepers - Emily Haynam and Jen Heaney. In 19 matches, Haynam owns a 0.68 GAA, while Heaney has a 0.78 GAA in 10 contests. Haynam, 13-2-2 on the season, is credited with six of Ohio State's 10 shutouts this season. Heaney is 3-1-1.
In its 16 wins this season, Ohio State has had six separate players account for the match-winning score. Lara Dickenmann leads the Buckeyes with six game-winners followed closely by Lisa Grubb with five. Melissa Miller is next with a pair of match-winning scores, while Danielle Dietrich, Heather Miller, and Liz Mumley each have registered one game-winning goal.
Grubb's five game-winners all came at home in triumphs over Xavier Sept. 2, LSU Sept. 10, Northwestern Oct. 8, Loyola Oct. 24 and Oct. 30 against Toledo. Dickenmann scored her's against Virginia Tech, Sept. 12, Iowa, Oct. 17, Kent State, Oct. 27 and against Purdue and Penn State in the Big Ten tournament. Dietrich recorded her deciding score at Louisville Sept. 4.
The "Millers" have match-winners against Purdue Sept. 24 - Heather on a penalty kick - and at Michigan State Oct. 1 amd Michigan in the Big Ten tournament - Melissa via overtime corner kick and free kick. Mumley's game-winner came on Oct. 10 in Ohio State's 3-0 win over Illinois.
Through Nov. 9, Ohio State is ranked as one of the top teams statistically in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State is ranked first in total shots with 474, shots per game with 21.55, points with 168 and goals with 56. The Buckeyes also are first in assists with 56 and assists per game with 2.55.
Defensively, the Buckeyes rank second in goals allowed with 17 and goals per game (0.74) as well as shutouts with 10.
FOUR BUCKEYES RANKED AMONG BIG TEN BEST
Four Buckeyes are rated in the Top 10 of the Big Ten statistical categories this week. Lara Dickenmann is ranked first in game-winning goals with six. Dickenmann is second in shots per game with 4.40, points (34) and points per game (1.70). She is rated third in assists with 10 and assists per game with 0.50. Dickenmann also is ranked third is both goals (12) and goals per game (0.60).
Lisa Grubb ranks second in total shots with 92, third in shots per game (4.18) and fourth in game-winning goals (5) and assists (9). Grubb is fourth in total goals (11) and goals per game (0.41). Her 1.41 points per game rank sixth best along with her 31 total points.
Danielle Dietrich also is ranked among the Big Ten's best. The junior is rated sixth in shots (74), shots per game (3.36) and goals (10). She also is rated seventh in points (28) and points per game (1.27). Dietrich also is ranked seventh in assists with eight and eighth in assists per game with 0.36.
Goalkeeper Emily Haynam's GAA of 0.68 is second best in the conference. She also is third in total shutouts with six and shutouts per game with 0.32. Her 56 saves are good for 10th place.
OSU UNBEATEN STREAK ENDS AT 13
After being upended at Penn State, Ohio State saw its unbeaten string end at 13 matches. The streak served as a program best.
The Buckeyes had not dropped a decision since losing, 2-1, in double overtime at then-No. 3 Washington Aug. 29. Ohio State's only other loss was a 2-1 setback in the season opener against No. 4 Portland Aug. 27 in Seattle, Wash.
During the unbeaten stretch, the Buckeyes outscored their opponents 33-9 and registered four shutouts.
DICKENMANN GARNERS WEEKLY BIG TEN HONORS OCT. 18
Lara Dickenmann became the second Buckeye this season to receive league offensive player of the week accolades after tallying a goal and three assists in Ohio State's pair of wins at Minnesota and Iowa Oct. 15th and 17th. OSU teammate Lisa Grubb shared the award Oct. 11.
For the season, Dickenmann has 20 points on six goals and a team-leading eight assists. Her 20 points rank third on the team behind the 23 posted by both Dietrich and Grubb and currently sits in a tie for ninth all-time in a single season. Her eight assists now stand in a tie for first all-time for a single season with Lisa Suttmiller's (1994-1997) eight in 1996.
GRUBB WINS WEEKLY BIG TEN AWARD OCT. 11
Lisa Grubb was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten office Oct. 11. Grubb accounted for three goals and an assist to help the Buckeyes extended their unbeaten stretch to 11 matches with wins over Northwestern and Illinois. She shared the honor with Tiffany Weimer of Penn State, who also led the Nittany Lions to victories over the Wildcats and Illini.
With its 2-1 victory against Northwestern Oct. 8, Ohio State has played in 21 matches decided by a margin of one goal since 2001 and carries a 14-7 mark in those contests. The Buckeyes have excelled in close matches the last three seasons as OSU posted a 4-2 record in 2002 and a 6-3 ledger in 2003.
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.