Dec. 6, 2002
Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State senior defender Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio) was selected as a member of the 2002 All-Great Lakes Region Third Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Miller, an Academic All-American in District IV, is the recipient of her second straight honor by the NSCAA as she was awarded second team status for her efforts in 2001.
Miller was the catalyst of the OSU defense that held its opponents to 1.00 goal per match as the seventh-seeded Buckeyes captured the school's first Big Ten Tournament title, which advanced OSU to its first-ever birth in the NCAA Tournament.
Miller netted crucial penalty kicks in Ohio State's quarterfinal and semifinal shoot out wins over then-No. 24 Michigan and then-No. 19 Purdue and led the OSU defense that held Wisconsin to just three total shots in the tournament final. Miller also recorded an assist in the title match.
During the regular season, her defensive unit twice held opponents to zero shots in a half as the Buckeyes held Kent State to no first period shots in the Buckeyes' 3-0 win on Oct. 30 and held Cincinnati to zero shots in the second half of a 1-0 loss on Nov. 2.
Miller is also a major contributor on the offensive end, as she registered four goals and a team-best six assists to finish third on the team with 14 total points. She was recognized by Soccer America for her efforts in consecutive 1-0 wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota on the weekend of Oct. 18-20. In the Minnesota match, Miller netted the game-winning goal in the 107th minute of play for the double-overtime victory.