Ohio State Takes on No. 3 Duke in Sweet 16 Matchup Sunday in Durham

Go Buckeyes! Danica Wu
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Danica Wu
Go Buckeyes!

Nov. 19, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team (12-8-2) will face No. 1 seed and third-ranked Duke (19-3-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday in the NCAA round of 16 at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The Buckeyes knocked off No. 15 Milwaukee 2-1 Friday evening in the second round while Duke defeated Georgia 3-1. The game will mark the second consecutive season the Buckeyes will be on the road to take on a favored ACC team after defeating No. 8 Virginia 3-2 last season in Charlottesville, Va.

Ohio State topped 15th-ranked and second-seeded Milwaukee 2-1 Nov. 18 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Koskinen Stadium.

Despite controlling possession for much of the first half, Ohio State went into halftime scoreless before taking a 1-0 lead in the 68th minute when Paige Maxwell controlled a pass from Danica Wu, beat a Milwaukee defender and finished top shelf past a diving Forbes from 20 yards out.

Ohio State then added to the lead with what proved to be a valuable insurance tally by Caitlyn Martin in the 85th minute. Cameron controlled a long ball from Ellyn Gruber, beat a Milwaukee defender and slotted a through ball to Martin who finished with her left from the top of the box.

Sarah Hagen scored for Milwaukee off a free kick from 20 yards out with 15 seconds remaining but Ohio State was able to hang on for the win.

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. It marks the second consecutive season the Buckeyes reached the Sweet 16 and third time overall. Ohio State is 9-6-1 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.

Ohio State is 0-4 in the series with Duke (last matchup a 4-2 Duke win in 2008).

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 51 career wins since the beginning of the 2008 campaign. OSU senior classes with the most career victories:

51 wins: 2010, 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 21-24-5 all-time in matches played in November; under Lori Walker, they are 20-18-5 in November. At home, Ohio State is 10-7-1 during that month (10-6-1 under Walker). The Buckeyes are 11-17-4 away from Columbus all-time (10-12-4 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 170-119-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 183-142-27.

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 50% of its offense (15 of 30 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 10 assists.

Senior Paige Maxwell has moved into a tie for fifth place on the Ohio State all-time list in career points (68), and is now sixth in career goals scored (28). She ranks 14th in career assists (12). Junior Tiffany Cameron is now 11th in career goals (19) and 12th in career points (48). Junior Lauren Granberg ranks 14th in career goals (13), 16th in career points (32) and 12th in career shots (139).