Nov. 23, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (19-3-3) will play its national quarterfinal match of the 2004 NCAA Tournament at home vs. UCLA (16-6, PAC-10) Saturday at noon in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The No. 6-seed Buckeyes defeated Tennessee, 1-0, Sunday at home to earn their first appearance in the "Elite Eight" in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State has won its last nine matches and owns an undefeated 15-0-1 record at home. The Buckeyes have recorded four straight shutouts and have held opponents scoreless in five of six postseason matches.
2004 NCAA Quarterfinals
Saturday, Nov. 27 - Noon
No. 14 UCLA at No. 6 Ohio State
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
BROADCAST/ LIVE SCORING INFORMATION
College Sports Television will air a live broadcast of the championship match Sunday. The game also will be covered by the Ohio State University's student radio network. 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.
LAST WEEK: OSU BLANKS TENNESSEE, ADVANCES TO "ELITE EIGHT"
Ohio State won its ninth straight match, 1-0, over Tennessee Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to advance to the national quarterfinals against UCLA Saturday. Lisa Grubb scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute to help the Buckeyes remain unbeaten at home in 2004 at 15-0-1. The score served as Grubb's 31st at Ohio State, moving her into the top spot all-time in Buckeye annals.
GRUBB NETS OSU CAREER GOALS RECORD
With her game-winning goal in the win over Tennessee Sunday, Lisa Grubb moved past the OSU all-time goals mark held by Lisa Suttmiller (30 goals from 1994-97) with her 31st career scoring strike.
Grubb has a career-high 12 goals this season, which is good for second on the squad behind the 13 scored by teammate Lara Dickenmann.
Grubb scored two goals 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 ON ALL-TIME BEST NINE-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 a trio of triumphs in the NCAA tournament against Bowling Green, Detroit and Tennessee to set a program-best nine-match win streak. Previously, OSU won five straight to start the 2003 season.
JESSE OWENS' HOME COOKIN'
With its six wins in the 2004 postseason - all at home - Ohio State has upped its mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to 15-0-1 this season. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 48-7 in those contests and have improved their record to 22-1-3 at JOMS in the last two seasons, including a 66-to-11 scoring margin during that span.
UCLA'S ROAD TO COLUMBUS
The Bruins, seeded No. 14 in the NCAA tournament, advanced through the first three rounds with a 1-0 win over Pepperdine in the first round, a 3-0 victory over San Diego in the second round and a 2-0 triumph vs. Duke Saturday in the third round. The Bruins tied for the PAC-10 championship with a 6-3 league mark.
OSU-UCLA PITCHING SHUTOUTS ON THE PITCH
The Buckeyes and Bruins have yet to relinquish a goal in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes have posted four consecutive shutouts with a 2-0 win over No. 3 Penn State in the Big Ten tournament final Nov. 7, a 2-0 shutout vs. Bowling Green in the first round of the NCAA tournament, a 3-0 win against Detroit in the second round and last weekend, a 1-0 blanking of No. 11 Tennessee.
UCLA has posted three shutouts in the NCAA tournament. First, with a 1-0 win over Pepperdine Nov. 12 in the first round followed by a 3-0 victory over San Diego Nov. 14 in the second-round. In Rd. 3, the Bruins posted a 2-0 tally against Duke.
On the season, Ohio State has recorded 13 shutouts, including seven in their last nine matches, while UCLA has pocketed 12 blankings.
With her game-winning goal against Bowling Green Nov. 14, Danielle Dietrich joined Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb as the only 30-point scorers in Ohio State history in a single season.
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 34 points (12g, 10a) on the season after scoring the game-winner over Tennessee Sunday.
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).
SWISS SCORING STREAK
Lara Dickenmann, a native of Kreins, Switzerland, had her seven-match scoring streak snapped in Ohio State's 1-0 win over Tennessee Sunday.
In six postseason matches, Dickenmann has recorded five goals and four assists for 14 points. She has two multi-goal matches against Purdue and Penn State in the Big Ten tournament, accounting for the game-winning goal in each match. Assisted on match-winning scores in wins over Bowling Green and Detroit in NCAA first and second rounds.
OSU SETS SINGLE SEASON WIN MARK
Ohio State's 1-0 triumph over Tennessee in the third-round of the NCAA tournament match served as the squad's 19th win of the 2004 season as the Buckeyes improved upon a program best. The 19 wins topped the 14 victories recorded by the 1996 team that went 14-7 overall.
DICKENMANN SHATTERS SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS
With her goal and two assists in wins over Bowling Green and Detroit in the first two rounds, 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 points 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.
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 19 wins, they have set the single-season record for goals with 62. The Buckeyes have scored those goals on a record 545 shot attempts, breaking the former record of 385 set in 1996. OSU also has 63 assists in 2004, topping the standard of 44 set in 2003.
Defensively, Ohio State has set a shutout mark with 13 and tied the 2003 squad for fewest goals allowed with 17.
HOLDING A LEAD
Ohio State has won 14-of-15 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.
In its last four matches, the Buckeyes have taken a scoreless tie into intermission and then scored a second-half goal to claim victory. On the season, Ohio State is 4-2-2 when tied at halftime.
With the wins 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 triumphs this season, the last coming at Michigan State and vs. Northwestern.
NOLLEN'S STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE STARTS REACHES 88
Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Sunday marked her 88th straight start in the game against Tennessee. 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 105-87-13 in 10 seasons. Walker's 92-64-12 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 4-2 mark in NCAA tournament play.
DICKENMANN, NOLLEN 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 BOOK ON THE BRUINS
UCLA enters this weekend's contest with a 16-6 record and winners of their last seven matches. UCLA posted a 6-3 record in the PAC-10, sharing a league co-championship with Arizona.
The Bruins are led by sophomore forward Bristyn Davis. Davis leads the Bruins with 32 points on 13 goals and six assists. Davis also recorded a team-high 83 shots. Joining Davis is freshman Danesha Adams. Adams' 26 points (11g, 4a) ranks second on the team.
The goalkeeper for UCLA is freshman Valerie Henderson. Henderson has started all 22 games for the Bruins and owns a 16-6 record. Henderson also has posted 10 shutouts and holds a GAA of 0.73 with 62 saves.
Jillian Ellis is in her sixth season as head coach of the Bruins. Ellis owns a 108-24-5 record at UCLA and has guided the Bruins to the NCAA tournament in each season she has coached, including a trip to the 2000 NCAA College Cup Final.
OSU VS. THE PAC-10
The contest Sunday will be Ohio State's fourth match all-time against a Pac-10 opponent and the second this season. The Buckeyes are 0-3 vs. Pac-10 squads, with two losses coming against Washington and one against California. In its last match against the Huskies, Ohio State fell, 2-1, in overtime, Aug. 29 in Seattle. In the first meeting in 2000, UW scored a 3-1 win at a neutral site in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 2002, the Buckeyes dropped a 2-0 decision to Cal in the season opener.
UCLA will serve as the firs PAC-10 team to take the pitch at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
LAST TIME VS. THE PAC-10: OSU FALLS TO WASHINGTON IN SEASON OPENER
Ohio State suffered a 2-1 setback in overtime at the hands of Washington Aug. 29, in Seattle.
The Buckeyes lost the match despite out-shooting the Huskies, 19-8, and holding a 9-4 advantage in the shots in goal department.
The Buckeyes tied the game, 1-1, in the 89th minute of play, when Danielle Dietrich rebounded a Kathy Fulk shot and blasted it in the UW net.
Washington tallied the deciding score in overtime when Kim Taylor redirected a Kelley Schweigert corner kick, ending play at 98:11.
The Buckeyes and Bruins have met two common opponents this season in Oregon and Washington. Ohio State met Oregon on Aug. 24 in an exhibition match and tied the Ducks, 1-1. UCLA met Oregon Oct. 10 and posted a 6-0 win. Against Washington, the Buckeyes fell 2-1 in overtime Aug. 29, while UCLA defeated the Huskies 5-1 on Oct. 17.
OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has made a NCAA tournament appearance for the third straight season in 2004. With the three NCAA wins this season, the Buckeyes improved their record to 4-2 in national tournament play. In the Buckeyes' first appearance in 2002, they fell to Notre Dame, 3-1, in the first round. In 2003, 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
Tennessee, Ohio State's third-round opponent , finished the season ranked in the Top 15 in all major polls. With the 1-0 win over the Lady Vols, Ohio State improved to 3-3-1 against ranked teams in 2004.
In the Big Ten tournament championship match, the Buckeyes downed No. 3 Penn State, 2-0.
Ohio State dropped a pair of games to No. 7 Washington and No. 4 Portland to start the season. OSU's other victory over a Top 25 squad came Oct. 11, in a 3-0 victory over then-No. 11 Illinois.
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 25 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 (8.88) per contest and less than four strikes on goal per match at 3.88.
The Buckeyes hold a decided edge when it comes to shots this season. Currently, Ohio State has fired 545 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who have 222. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly have tripled their opponents' output with an advantage of 254-97.
Per match, Ohio State strikes for 21.8 shots to its opponents 8.9.
SEALING THE DEAL
Ohio State owns a 62-17 advantage in goals this season. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents by a 36-9 margin in the second half. The Buckeyes have scored their last eight goals in the second half.
MOVIN' ON UP
Through Nov. 22, 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 third 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 13. Haynam is fourth in career saves at 166.
A complete listing of Ohio State records can be found on page 6.
TOUGH IN NET
Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam has posted one of the finest seasons in net at Ohio State. She has recorded a program best 16 victories this season and, following shutouts in five of six postseason matches, owns the lowest goals against average for a single season at 0.57. For the year, Haynam is credited with nine of Ohio State's 13 shutouts, which ties the single season mark held by Amber Barnes in 1998. Haynam has 13 shutouts for her career, which stands third all-time at Ohio State.
In its 19 wins this season, Ohio State has had seven separate players account for the match-winning score. Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb lead the Buckeyes with six game-winners. 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 six game-winners all came at home in triumphs over Xavier Sept. 2, LSU Sept. 10, Northwestern Oct. 8, Loyola Oct. 24, Oct. 30 against Toledo and last Sunday against Tennessee. 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. Mitchell netted a game-winner over Detroit.
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
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