Ohio State Continues NCAA Tournament Play Friday Facing Milwaukee at Duke

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Tiffany Cameron
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Nov. 15, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team (11-8-2) will face second-seeded Milwaukee (19-2) Friday at 5 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. That match will be at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. Duke will face Georgia in a 7:30 p.m. match Friday, with the winners meeting Sunday at 1 p.m. at Duke in the NCAA third round.

In first-round action, Ohio State was a 3-0 winner at Tennessee on Saturday. Milwaukee defeated Illinois State 3-0, Duke downed Radford 5-0, and Georgia defeated Kansas 2-0. Ohio State was one of only seven road teams to win in the 32-match first round.

Ohio State defeated No. 23 Tennessee 3-0 in the NCAA opening round. The Buckeyes took the early 1-0 lead when Tiffany Cameron scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the ninth minute. Kendyl Reed tracked down a long ball down the right side and played a cross through the box where Cameron beat Tennessee goalkeeper Julie Eckel near post from 10 yards out.

Kristen Niederhaus gave the Buckeyes an insurance tally in the 68th minute, controlling a loose ball in the box after Martin had headed a Fuller corner kick, then finishing in traffic from 10 yards out. Cameron then added to the Ohio State lead six minutes later with her second goal of the game. Fuller played a short corner to Wu, who made a low cross to an open Cameron who finished from six yards out.

For the game, Ohio State held a 20-10 advantage in shots, including 9-3 on goal. Goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner made three saves to pick up her seventh shutout of the season and fourth shutout in six NCAA tournament contests.

In 19 seasons of women’s soccer, this is the seventh time overall and fourth time in the past five seasons the Buckeyes have reached NCAAs. Ohio State is 8-6-1 all-time in NCAA play, all under the direction of Coach Lori Walker, and advanced to last season’s College Cup.

OSU faced six teams in this NCAA field during the regular season: Dayton, Illinois, North Carolina, Penn State, Radford, West Virginia.

The Buckeyes are 0-2 all-time against Milwaukee, including a 2-1 loss in Columbus last season. Ohio State is 0-4 in the series with Duke (last matchup a 4-2 Duke win in 2008). The Buckeyes have never faced Georgia on the pitch.

Three members of the Ohio State women’s soccer team garnered 2011 Big Ten postseason awards. Danielle Scoliere was named a first team All-Big Ten defender while Danica Wu earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a midfielder. Liz Sullivan was Ohio State’s Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree.

Ohio State made its 14th Big Ten tournament appearance; the Buckeyes are 8-11-4 all-time in that postseason event.  OSU senior defender Danielle Scoliere, a first team all-Big Ten selection, was named to the 2011 Big Ten Tournament all-tournament team for her outstanding play in the Buckeyes’ 1-1 opening-round tie with eventual champion Illinois. The Buckeyes lost to the Illini on penalty kicks, 4-2, after two scoreless overtimes. Illinois defeated Penn State 2-1 in overtime to capture the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Members of the 2011 Buckeye senior class are Katie Baumgardner, Colleen Brady, Lauren Cusick, Caitlyn Martin, Paige Maxwell, Taylor Moront, Danielle Scoliere, Liz Sullivan and Brooke Taylor. This class is trying to make its mark as the winningest four-year group in Buckeye history. The current seniors have 50 career wins since the beginning of the 2008 campaign. OSU senior classes with the most career victories:

51 wins: 2010
50 wins: 2011
49 wins: 2006
48 wins: 1999, 2007

After its 19th season of conference play, Ohio State holds an 80-81-14 all-time record in Big Ten competition. Ohio State is 55-30-7 all-time in Big Ten games in Columbus, and 47-26-6 at home under Lori Walker.

Ohio State is 37-61-8 all-time in Big Ten road games, and 34-46-8 on the road in Big Ten games under Lori Walker.

The Buckeyes are 12-15-3 away from home in conference play over the last four seasons. The Buckeyes won the 2010 regular season Big Ten title and the 2002 and 2004 Big Ten tournament championships.

With the 2-1 win over Illinois, Ohio State posted its 200th win in program history. Since women’s soccer became a varsity sport in 1993, Ohio State has an overall record of 205-156-29. Some of the previous milestone wins:

1st           1-0 vs. Dayton (1993)
25th         4-1 vs. St. John’s (1996)
50th         4-0 vs. Purdue (1998)
100th       3-1 vs. Coastal Carolina (2003)
150th       2-1 in 2OT vs. Illinois (2007)
200th       2-1 vs. Illinois (2011)

Ohio State is 1-0-2 in overtime contests this season. The 1-0 double-overtime win over Ohio University was Ohio State’s first overtime decision of the 2011 campaign; the Buckeyes played to a 1-1 draw at Minnesota, and also tied Illinois 1-1 in the Big Ten Tournament before the Illini advanced on penalty kicks (4-2).  All-time, Ohio State is 25-16-26 in overtime games, and 7-3-19 in double overtime contests.

The Buckeyes are 20-24-5 all-time in matches played in November; under Lori Walker, they are 19-18-5 in November. At home, Ohio State is 10-7-1 during that month (10-6-1 under Walker). The Buckeyes are 10-17-4 away from Columbus all-time (9-12-4 under Walker).

Ohio State is under the direction of 15th-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 169-119-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 182-142-27.

Greg Miller is in his fourth season as associate head coach (11th overall) with the Buckeyes. The 2011 season is the fourth for assistant coach Glen Tourville; former team manager Spencer Bownas serves as a volunteer coach.

Two members of the Ohio State women’s soccer squad have been selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA academic all-district teams for District 5. Named to the all-district academic third team were goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner and defender Liz Sullivan. Baumgardner, a senior from Sterling, Va., holds a 3.41 grade-point average in sport and leisure studies. Sullivan, a senior co-captain from Powell, Ohio, is a 3.96 student in psychology.

Seven Buckeyes were listed on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America regional ballot for 2011: Baumgardner, Sullivan, Colleen Brady, Megan Fuller, Lauren Granberg, Danielle Scoliere and Aly Walker.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is sporting a new playing surface this season. Now a 100% Kentucky Bluegrass surface, the sod from the Tuckahoe Sod Farm was put down in July after work to the drainage, sprinkler and conduit systems underneath. Some more “stats” about the home of the Buckeyes:

- The home team is 90-37-11 all-time.
- Ohio State is 71-20-9 since 2003 and 46-15-5 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.

Goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner earned OSU’s first Big Ten player of the week honors, being selected as defensive player of the week for her work against Illinois and Northwestern. The senior tallied nine saves while allowing just one goal over the weekend, recording a season-high seven saves in win over the Illini.

Forward Paige Maxwell was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list. It marks the third time in program history that a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007 and Cassie Dickerson was chosen in 2010.

Ohio State has received more than 53% of its offense (15 of 28 goals) this season from North of the Border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (8 goals), Lauren Granberg (3), Kiiri Kuld (2) and Danica Wu (2) have led the charge on the net, as well as contributing eight assists.

Senior Paige Maxwell has moved to seventh place on the Ohio State all-time list in career points (66), and is now sixth in career goals scored (27). She ranks eighth in career shots (194) and 14th in career assists (12). Junior Tiffany Cameron is now 11th in career goals (19) and 12th in career points scored (47). Junior Lauren Granberg ranks 14th in career goals (13), 16th in career points (32) and 12th in career shots (139).