Ohio State Women's Soccer Concludes 2005 Campaign

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Nov. 16, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team finished the 2005 season with a 7-9-2 record and a mark of 3-7-0 in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes ended the year with a season-best five-goal performance in their final game vs. Morehead State Oct. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Seniors Danielle Dietrich, Becky Hock and Megan Stickler were honored with a pregame ceremony, as they played their last match as members of the OSU squad in 2005.

Ohio State improved its record in regular season home finales to 9-4. Its overall record is 10-3 in final regular-season match ups.

Lisa Collison, Courtney Cripps, Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller earned All-Big Ten honors. Collison was named to the second-team and All-Freshman squad at forward. Cripps was a unanimous selection at goalkeeper for the All-Freshman team for her first conference accolade. At midfielder, Dickenmann received her second regular-season all-conference laurel when she was named second team All-Big Ten. Miller garnered her third-consecutive all-league honor at defender and also was a sportsmanship award honoree. Each Big Ten program has the opportunity to nominate one student-athlete for the Sportsmanship Award. Each student-athlete must distinguish themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. WANT SOME COMPANY?
Lisa Collison tied teammate Lara Dickenmann in the OSU single-season goals record book with 13 goals. Collison tallied her 12th and 13th goals vs. Morehead State. Dickenmann scored 13 goals as a freshman in 2004.

Three Buckeyes either bettered or tied their personal goals mark. Carleta Arbulu tallied four goals on the season after notching one her rookie year in 2004. Junior Taylor Smith recorded her first OSU career goal in 2005 and sophomore Jennifer Greenwood tied her career best of two goals.

Goalkeeper Shannon Neely received her fourth start of the season vs. Morehead State. Neely played her first complete match and registered three saves for her first career shutout and win.

Keeper Shannon Neely was the only Buckeye goalkeeper to post a shutout in 2005. Neely played a complete match in Ohio State's 5-0 win over Morehead State.

All 21 active players on the team received time on the field in 2005.

Caitlin Colfer, Lisa Collison, Danielle Dietrich and Melissa Miller started all 18 matches for the Buckeyes this season. Jennifer Greenwood and Amanda Ball saw action in all 18 games as well.

The Buckeyes registered a season-best five goals vs. Morehead State. It was the highest goal output for Ohio State since putting up five goals vs. Michigan (5-2) in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament.

Lisa Collison and Carleta Arbulu recorded two-goal games vs. Morehead State. The last time two Buckeyes tallied two or more goals in the same match was Sept. 2, 2004 vs. Xavier. Lisa Grubb scored two goals and former Buckeye Heather Miller notched three scores en route to the Buckeyes' 8-0 shutout over the Musketeers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Lisa Collison was one point shy of joining teammates Danielle Dietrich, Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb as the only Buckeyes to compile 30 points in a season. Collison, who tallied 29 points on 13 goals and three assists is tied with Lisa Suttmiller for fourth in the OSU single-season points record books. Dietrich (30), Dickenmann (38) and Grubb (34) compiled their 30 points in 2004.

Ohio State was 7-3-1 in 2005 when scoring first. The Buckeyes snagged wins against Kent State (2-1), Xavier (3-0), Northeastern (2-1), Iowa (3-0), Indiana (3-2), Minnesota (1-0) and Morehead State (5-0).

The Buckeyes dropped matches to Purdue (4-2), Illinois (2-1) and Michigan (4-2) after putting the first score on the board and tied Kentucky, 1-1.

Lisa Collison scored in 11 of the Buckeyes' 18 matches in 2005, accounting for nearly 40 percent of Ohio State's goals (.379).

Freshman Caitlin Colfer and sophomore Lara Dickenmann are tied for eighth in OSU single-season assists in 2005, tallying six helpers in 18 games. Colfer surpassed teammate Carleta Arbulu in the standings, as Arbulu notched five assists from her rookie campaign from a season ago. Dickenmann holds the Buckeye single-season assist record with 12, tallied in 2004.

Lara Dickenmann and Caitlin Colfer tallied multiple two-assist matches for the Buckeyes in 2005. Dickenmann recorded two assists vs. Xavier and Morehead State and Colfer compiled two helpers against Northeastern.

Defender Melissa Miller was a constant force on the Buckeye squad. Miller is the only current Buckeye to start every game since 2003 (65). Miller started all 21 matches following her medical redshirt season in 2002 and last year, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native was in the starting lineup for 26-consecutive matches. Miller did not let up in 2005, receiving the starting nod in Ohio State's 18 games.

Co-captain Emily Francis has started 63 of 65 games in her two-year career at Ohio State. In 2005, Francis started 17 of 18 matches.

Lisa Collison recorded her third game-winning goal vs. Minnesota Oct. 16, which led the Buckeyes in 2005.

The duo of Lara Dickenmann and Danielle Dietrich had one game-winning score to their credit.

Dietrich was credited with a gamewinning goal in the 2-1 vs. Kent State. Dickenmann tallied the gamewinning score in the 3-2 victory over Indiana.

Ohio State recorded four shutouts in 2005, beginning with its 3-0 shutout over Xavier. The Buckeyes then went on to blank Iowa, 3-0, Minnesota, 1-0, and Morehead State, 5-0.

Ohio State out shot its opponents 278-268 and scored more goals than its opponents (29-26) in 2005. The Buckeyes had 111 saves on the year compared to their rivals' 91.

Lisa Collison's two-goal game vs. Iowa was the first of her collegiate career. Sophomore Lara Dickenmann was the last OSU freshman to tally two goals in a match, recording a pair of scores in the 2-0 shutout against Purdue last season and notching both goals in Ohio State's 2-0 Big Ten tournament win over Penn State in 2004.

Lisa Collison was named to the Top Drawer National Team of the week for the week of Oct. 3. The honor came after Collison tallied a three-goal weekend vs. Illinois and Iowa Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

Ohio State added two walk-ons to the 2005 squad. Senior Becky Hock and junior Michelle Markus joined the Buckeyes after compiling experience on the Kolping BenGals ODP team. Hock and Markus were a part of a BenGals squad that won several state cup and regional championships.

Recently, Hock played in the center midfield for the OSU club team between 2002-2004 and Markus was a member of the Buckeye varsity rowing team in 2002.

Ohio State has a 26-4-3 mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium dating back to 2003. The Buckeyes tied Kentucky, 1-1, Sept. 11 and fell to Illinois, 2-1, in double overtime Sept. 30. Ohio State answered the loss with a 3-0 shutout against Iowa and a 3-2 win over Indiana before losing 4-2 to Purdue Oct. 9. The Buckeyes' final Big Ten home match came against Penn State Oct. 14, where they fell, 1-0. Ohio State concluded its home season with a 5-0 shutover against Morehead State Oct. 28.

The Buckeyes' winning percentage in Columbus stands at .627. So far, Ohio State has played 126 home contests and has compiled 79 wins and eight ties.

Lisa Collison led the Buckeyes in seven offensive categories. In addition to leading the squad in goals (13), the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native was first on the team in points (29), shots (75), shot percentage (taken at least 30 shots) (.173), shots on goal (36), shots on goal percentage (taken at least 30 shots) (.480) and game-winning goals (3).

Caitlin Colfer was at the top of the assist category, tallying six.

Ohio State tallied two or more assists nine times in 2005. The Buckeyes notched their ninth multiple-assist match vs. Morehead State when Lara Dickenmann, Jennifer Greenwood and Jessica Roberts helped on four of the Buckeyes' five scores. Against Minnesota, Dickenmann and Carleta Arbulu were credited with the assists. Collison, Caitlin Colfer and Arbulu notched a helper a piece vs. Purdue, making it the second multiple-assist game for the Buckeyes over the weekend of Oct. 7. Earlier in the weekend, Dickenmann assisted on a goal by Collison before Collison and Taylor Smith assisted on a goal by Dickenmann against Indiana. Keiana Mitchell and Colfer were credited with assists against the Hawkeyes after Colfer recorded the Buckeyes' fourth two-plus assist match vs. Northeastern. Ohio State gathered its second and third double assist game against Xavier (Dickenmann tallied two) and Cincinnati (Melissa Miller and Emily Francis).

The Buckeyes opened their 2005 campaign with three assists vs. Kent State (Colfer, Dietrich and Arbulu).

Three different Buckeyes received the starting job at goalkeeper. Staci Sinkway (Furman, Kentucky, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin) received the starting nod for 13 matches and Shannon Neely (Kent State, Xavier, Cincinnati and Morehead State) started four. Courtney Cripps made her first collegiate start in the net vs. Northeastern.

Sinkway, who compiled the most time at goalkeeper (1236:54) for a 3-8-2 record, had 85 stops and yielded 22 goals. In 225 minutes of action, Neely (1-0) tallied 10 saves and allowed two goals. Cripps gave up two goals and registered 11 saves in 248:56 minutes for a 3-1 record.

Head coach Lori Walker is just one victory shy of reaching the OSU 100-win mark. Walker came to Ohio State in 1997 and in her first season at the helm, the North Carolina alum helped the Buckeyes compile a 9-9-1 mark. Since then, Walker has led Ohio State to above .500 records in five of the last eight seasons. Previously, Walker was the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. While leading the KU program, Walker tallied a record of 13-23-0 and her career mark currently stands at 112-97-15.

Lori Walker's OSU Season Records

Overall Big Ten 1997: 9-9-1 3-5-0 1998: 13-8-1 3-5-1 1999: 12-6-2 5-4-1 2000: 6-13-0 1-9-0 2001: 10-9-1 5-4-1 2002: 10-11-1 4-5-1 2003: 13-5-3 4-3-3 2004: 19-4-3 6-1-3 2005: 7-9-2 3-7-0

In 13 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a Big Ten mark of 54-71-11. Ohio State has finished the conference season above .500 five times, including a program-best 6-1-2 record in 2004.

In 2005, the Buckeyes were 3-7-0 in the league. Ohio State garnered wins over Iowa (3-0), Indiana (3-2) and Minnesota (1-0, 2 OT).

In the final Big Ten regular-season standings, Ohio State finished the season second in saves with 111. The Buckeyes also were tied for fifth in assists (26) and assists per game (1.44). Individually, Lisa Collison remained the top freshman in shots (75), shots per game (4.17), points (29), points per game (1.61), goals(13) and goals per game (0.72). Caitlin Colfer and Lara Dickenmann ended the season tied for sixth in the conference in assists with six a piece. Dickenmann also was fifth in assists per game (0.38) and Colfer was tied for seventh (0.33). In the net, Staci Sinkway finished the regular season third in saves with 85 and fourth in saves per game (5.31).

In league-only matches, Ohio State was second in the conference in saves with 66 and was tied for fourth in shutouts with two. The Buckeyes also were tied for fifth in team points (41) and goals (14). Lisa Collison finished ranked in the Top 5 in seven offensive categories in the league. Collison was tied for second in shots (45), third in shots per game (4.50), tied for fourth in gamewinning goals (2) and tied for fifth in points (14), points per game (1.40), goals (6) and goals per game (0.60). Lara Dickenmann concluded the 2005 Big Ten season tied for ninth in goals (3) and goals per game (0.30). Keeper Staci Sinkway finished second in the conference in saves with 60 and saves per game (6.00).

Seniors Danielle Dietrich, Becky Hock and Megan Stickler played their final match as members of the Ohio State women's soccer squad. In four years Dietrich has compiled 19 goals and 15 assists for 53 points, which places her eighth, tied for fourth and eighth, respectively, in the all-time OSU career record books. Throughout her time with the Buckeyes, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native has garnered several postseason accolades, including being named to the 2004 SoccerBuzz.com Great Lakes Region Third Team. Hock played in the center midfield for the OSU club team between 2002-04 before joining the Buckeyes. Hock saw action against Iowa and Morehead State. Stickler, who transfered from East Carolina in 2002, has seen considerable action as a Buckeye. Because of an injury suffered earlier in the season, Stickler has been unable to play for Ohio State in 2005, but was a valuable asset to the OSU squad last season, playing in 25 of 26 matches. In that same year, Stickler was named the Most Improved Player by the OSU coaching staff.

Lisa Grubb and Emily Francis were named the 2005 team captains by their teammates. Grubb, who was out for the season because of an injury, was a 2004 NSCAA and SoccerBuzz.com Great Lakes Regional All-American and a All-Big Ten Second Team recipient. Playing in the backfield, Francis started 17 matches and tallied one assist in 2005.

Senior Lisa Grubb did not see action in 2005 because of a stress fracture in her lumbar spine. After receiving time in two matches, fellow senior Megan Stickler did not return after suffering a fibular fracture.