Nov. 17, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (18-3-3) won its first and second round matches in the 2004 NCAA Tournament at home last weekend and earned the right to play host to its third-round match vs. Tennessee (17-4-2) at 1 p.m Sunday.
The match Sunday vs. Tennessee will mark the Buckeyes first appearance in the NCAA Round of 16 in the 11-year history of the program.
2004 NCAA Third Round
Sunday, Nov. 21
1 p.m. No. 11 Tennessee at No. 6 Ohio State
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
LAST WEEK: OSU SWEEPS TO SWEET 16
The No. 6-seed Buckeyes used a pair of second-half goals by Danielle Dietrich and Lara Dickenmann to score a 2-0, first-round shutout of Bowling Green Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win moved the Buckeyes on to face Detroit in round No. 2. The Titans held on for a 3-2 win over Michigan Friday.
Sunday, the Buckeyes blanked Detroit, 3-0, behind goals from Keiana Mitchell, Kathy Fulk and Melissa Miller in the second half.
With the pair of shutouts this weekend, Ohio State extended its program-best win streak to eight matches and moved to 14-0-1 at home in 2004. OSU has won its last three matches via shutout.
BROADCAST/ LIVE SCORING INFORMATION
The Ohio State University's student radio network will air the Tennessee - Ohio State match Sunday. Fans can access the internet broadcast at www.underground.fm/sports.
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.
TENNESSEE'S ROAD TO COLUMBUS
The Lady Volunteers defeated Alabama-Birmingham, 1-0, in the second round Sunday after defeating Furman, 2-0, in its first-round match Friday to gain their spot in the "Sweet 16". Tennessee won both matches as host in Knoxville, Tenn.
Against Furman, senior forward Lindsay Patterson tallied one goal and one assist while teammate Emily Redberg notched her third goal of the postseason to propel the Lady Vols to the second round.
In their second-round match against UAB, Tennessee utilized a goal from Keeley Dowling to knock off the Blazers.
With her game-winning goal Friday vs. Bowling Green, Danielle Dietrich joined Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb as a 30-point scorer in 2004.
Dietrich's goal helped her reach the 30-point mark (11g, 8a), while Dickenmann added a goal and an assist against Bowling Green and an assist against Detroit to boost her season total to 38 points (13g, 12a), an all-time best at Ohio State. Grubb has 32 points (11g, 10a) on the season after assisting on a Kathy Fulk score against Detroit last Sunday.
Dickenmann, Dietrich and Grubb all are the first Buckeyes to reach 30 points in a single season.
The 2004 campaign, marks the first time three players have scored more than 20 points in a season. Prior to this year, 10 Buckeyes had scored 20 points or more in a 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).
HOME SWEET HOME
With its five wins in the 2004 postseason, Ohio State has upped its mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to 14-0-1 this season. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 47-7 in those contests and have improved their record to 21-1-3 at JOMS in the last two seasons, including a 65-to-11 scoring margin during that span.
SWISS SCORING STREAK
Lara Dickenmann, a native of Kreins, Switzerland, currently is on a seven-match scoring streak, including five matches with a goal and six matches with two points or more. Dickenmann has tallied seven goals and two assists for 14 points during the stretch.
OSU SETS SINGLE SEASON WIN MARK
Ohio State's 3-0 triumph over Detroit in the second-round of the NCAA tournament match served as the squad's 18th win of the 2004 season and marked a program best. The 18 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.
A pair of North Carolina alumni will meet in the match between Tennessee and Ohio State Sunday. Ohio State head coach Lori Walker and Tennessee head coach Angela Kelly were teammates for UNC from 1992-93. During that time, Walker, a goalkeeper and Kelly, a midfielder, won two consecutive national championships (1992 and `93).
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Angie," Walker said. "As a player she was intense and competitive and has transferred her playing style into her coaching style. She runs a great program and I am excited to be coaching against her."
OHIO STATE ON ALL-TIME BEST EIGHT-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 and back-to-back triumphs in the NCAA tournament against Bowling Green and Detroit, to set a program-best eight-match win streak. Previously, OSU won five straight to start the 2003 season.
DICKENMANN SHATTERS SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS
With her goal and two assists in wins over Bowling Green and Detroit last weekend, Lara Dickenmann continues to increase Ohio State's single-season points mark, reaching 38 for the 2004 season. With 13 goals and 12 assists this season, Dickenmann has snapped Lisa Suttmiller's (1994-97) record of 29 set in 1994. The 13 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 12.
GRUBB TIES OSU CAREER GOALS RECORD
With her goal in the win over Michigan Nov. 5, Lisa Grubb tied the OSU all-time goals mark held by Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) at 30. Grubb has a career-high 11 goals this season, which is good for second all-time in Ohio State annals behind the 13 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 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 18 wins, they have set the single-season record for goals with 61. The Buckeyes have scored those goals on a record 531 shot attempts, breaking the former record of 385 set in 1996. OSU also has a 62 assists in 2004, topping the standard of 44 set in 2003.
Defensively, Ohio State has set a shutout mark with 12 and tied the 2003 squad for fewest goals allowed with 17.
HOLDING A LEAD
Ohio State 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.
In its last three matches, the Buckeyes have taken a scoreless tie into the intermission and then scored multiple second-half goals to claim victory. On the season, Ohio State is are 3-2-2 when tied at halftime.
With the win over Purdue and Michigan in the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes improved to 11-0 when leading at intermission.
The Buckeyes also have a pair of come-from-behind wins this season, the last coming at Michigan State and vs. Northwestern.
NOLLEN'S STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE STARTS REACHES 87
Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Sunday marked her 87th straight start in the game against Detroit. Nollen started all 20 matches in her freshman year and has not missed a contest since.
WALKER SCORES CAREER WIN NO. 100
After tallying a 2-0 victory against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal Nov. 4, 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 12-10 overall in the postseason, including a 3-2 mark in NCAA tournament play.
DICKENMANN, NOLEN SWEEP BIG TEN TOURNEY HONORS, MUMLEY NAMED TO SECOND ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
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.
THE TAKE ON TENNESSEE
Tennessee will be making their third consecutive trip to the "Sweet 16"round of the NCAA tournament when they meet Ohio State Sunday. Tennessee is 17-4-2 on the year and winners of their last seven games.
The Lady Volunteers are led by senior forward Kayla Lockaby. Lockaby heads the UT attack with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists. She also has tallied 67 shots. Joining Lockaby is freshman forward Genna Gorman, who is second on the team in scoring with seven goals and eight assists for 22 points.
Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart handles goalkeeper duties for Tennessee. Phillips-Bosshart owns a 17-4-2 season record with 85 saves, 11 shutouts and a 0.67 GAA.
Angela Kelly is in her fifth year as head coach of the Lady Vols. During her career the 33-year-old coach has compiled a 75-29-6 record and has guided Tennessee to the NCAA tournament four consecutive years (2001-04).
OSU VS. THE SEC
Ohio State is 2-3 all-time against teams from the SEC, including a 4-0 win over LSU at home Sept. 10 this season. Ohio State's other victory against an SEC squad came Oct. 31, 1998 in a 5-1 win over Arkansas.
All three losses came at the hands of Kentucky. The last time the Buckeyes met the Wildcats was Sept. 23, 2001, falling by a 2-0 count.
OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has made a NCAA tournament appearance for the third straight season in 2004. With the first and second round wins, the Buckeyes improved their record 3-2 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 Ohio State 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.
BUCKEYES VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
In the 2004 Big Ten Tournament Championship match, No. 3 Penn State served as Ohio State's sixth ranked opponent and second Top 5 foe this year.
With the win over the Nittany Lions, 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 Nov. 7 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 five assists and one goal, while Mitchell has tallied two goals and one assist and played stellar defensively in 24 matches, including 11 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.
STIFLING DEFENSE CONTINUES
The Buckeye defense has been stingy this season, allowing just 17 goals through 24 matches for a goals against average of 0.61, 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 are limiting teams to less than nine shots (8.6) per contest and less than four strikes on goal per match.
The Buckeyes hold a decided edge when it comes to shots this season. Currently, Ohio State has fired 531 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who have 208. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly have tripled their opponents' output with an advantage of 247-93.
Per match, Ohio State strikes for 22.1 shots to its opponents 8.6.
SEALING THE DEAL
Ohio State owns a 61-17 advantage in goals this season. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents by a 35-9 margin in the second half. The Buckeyes have scored their last seven goals in the second half.
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 11 ( tied for second all-time) and has pushed her career total to 16, which is good for seventh place all-time. Dietrich also ranks eighth all-time in career points with 46.
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 19 career assists stands second best among the career leaders. Liz Mumley also continues to ascend in the all-time assists category as she now has 13 for her career, which ties for sixth in Buckeye annals.
In total points, Colleen Hoban now is sixth all-time at 56 points. Mumley also is 12th 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 158.
A complete listing of Ohio State records can be found on page 6.
TOUGH IN NET
Ohio State boasts an impressive 0.68 goals allowed average. Behind that figure is a pair of keepers - Emily Haynam and Jen Heaney. In 21 starts, Haynam owns a 0.61 GAA, while Heaney has a 0.78 GAA in 10 contests. Haynam, 15-2-2 on the season, is credited with eight of Ohio State's 12 shutouts this season. Heaney is 3-1-1 with one shutout.
In its 18 wins this season, Ohio State has had seven 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 and Danielle Dietrich are next with a pair of match-winning scores, while, Heather Miller, Keiana Mitchell 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 and 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. Most recently Mitchell netted a game-winner in the win over Detroit last Sunday.
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.
During the unbeaten stretch, the Buckeyes outscored their opponents 33-9 and registered four shutouts.
Lori Walker ASSISTS NBC IN ATHENS
Lori Walker assisted NBC in covering the 2004 Olympics Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Walker provided color commentary for women's soccer, including the victorious U.S. gold medal match.