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Senior men’s soccer player Justin Cook notched hissecond-consecutive five point outing Friday night when he scoredtwo goals and had an assist in Ohio State’s 7-4 win at home overBowling Green. Cook’s assist set up the Buckeyes’ first goal, andhis first goal gave OSU a 4-3 lead. Cook also had two goals and anassist last Sunday in Ohio State’s 4-2 win over Virginia Tech atthe Penn State/Nike Classic. Cook leads OSU in scoring with 10points (4 goals, 2 assists) and now has 25 career goals and 13career assists. Senior women’s golfer Kristen White (Doylestown,Pa./Central Bucks East) tied for fifth individually with a mark of214 (+1) at the 2004 NCAA Preview in Sunriver, Ore., last week. TheOhio State women’s golf team shot 293 (+9) in the final round ofthe Preview to finish in ninth place with a score of 887 in theevent. The tournament was held at the par 71 Meadows Golf Course atSunriver Resort (6,312 yards), site of the 2005 NCAA Championships.

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The softball team went 3-2 at the Kent State Fall Invitationalin Kent, Ohio, last weekend. The Buckeyes beat Ashland, ClevelandState and Northern Kentucky and losses came vs. host Kent State andYoungstown State. Notably, sophomore pitcher Jamee Juarez was 2-0from the mound and tallied 25 total strikeouts in the twovictories. This weekend, the Buckeyes are participating in thefourth-annual 2004 Ohio Charity Classic at Fred Beekman Park inColumbus, Ohio. Eighteen teams from the state of Ohio will competein the fourth-annual tournament benefiting the Stefanie SpielmanFund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James CancerHospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The teamsinclude: Akron, Ashland, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Dayton,Findlay, Kent State, Kenyon, Ohio Dominican, Ohio University, OhioState, Ohio Wesleyan, Rio Grande, Shawnee State, Tiffin, Toledo,Wright State and Youngstown State. Last year, the event raised justunder $10,000. For a complete schedule of events and additionalinformation, please log onto ohiostatebuckeyes.com and go to thesoftball page. Women’s volleyball extended its winning streak to 12matches with a 3-1 win at Wisconsin and a 3-0 win at Northwestern.OSU, ranked 16th, will host top-ranked Minnesota (13-1, 2-0 BigTen) Friday and Iowa (9-4, 1-1) Saturday in 7 p.m. matches in St.John Arena. Against Wisconsin, Stacey Gordon had 27 kills (.339)and added 20 digs in the win over the Badgers. Ami Stevens added 12kills (.233) and 14 digs while Danielle Meyer had a match-highseven assist blocks. At Northwestern, Gordon had 20 kills (.341)and 12 digs while Meyer added nine kills and a career-high eightassist blocks. The women’s soccer team (5-2-2, 1-0-2 Big Ten)extended its unbeaten streak to seven matches with a 1-0 win overPurdue Friday and a 1-1, double-overtime tie with Indiana Sunday.Both matches were played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. SeniorHeather Miller netted a game-winning penalty kick to down theBoilermakers, while junior Colleen Hoban was responsible for theOSU goal in the draw vs. Indiana. Freshman Lara Dickenmann led theBuckeyes with 11 shots on the weekend and added an assist onHoban’s tally.

The Buckeyes have not dropped a match since a 2-1, overtime loss at No. 3/4 Washington Aug. 29.

Ohio State continues league play this weekend with a trip to Michigan State at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by a match at Michigan at noon Sunday.

The women’s ice hockey team opens the 2004-05 season Sunday asthe Buckeyes face Etobicoke in exhibition action at 1:05 p.m. inthe newly renovated OSU Ice Rink. OSU enters the season with 14returning players, including seven forwards, five defensemen andtwo goaltenders to lead the charge. Nine newcomers join the squadand will be looked upon to make an immediate impact in the sixthyear of program at OSU. The Buckeyes begin conference action vs.St. Cloud State at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 8-9 in the OSU Ice Rink. Thefield hockey team fell in its Big Ten opener to No. 17 Penn State,3-1, Saturday at North Turf Field. Sophomore Lauren Kruse scoredfor the Buckeyes late in the second half but it was not enough tolate in the second half but it was not enough to take over thelead. Ohio State travels to face the Louisville Cardinals at 5 p.m.Tuesday in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes led the Cardinals 10-3 inthe all-time series, including victories in six of the last 10meetings. OSU returns home as it faces Michigan State at 1 p.m.Friday and Central Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday at North Turf Field.The men’s soccer team opens Big Ten play this weekend as theBuckeyes (3-4-1) host Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse OwensMemorial Stadium. Sunday will mark the beginning of a three matchhome stand for Ohio State that also includes matches againstMichigan State Oct. 10 and Louisville Oct. 13. The Buckeyes are3-2-1 in their last six matches and are coming off an eight-goalweekend that included a Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record sevengoals scored in a 7-4 win over Bowling Green Friday night. OSU fellat Kentucky, 2-1, Sunday. Senior Justin Cook has four goals and twoassists in his last three games and leads the Buckeyes with 10points on the season. Freshman Xavier Balc and sophomore TaylorKorpieski each have eight points (3 goals, 2 assists). The men’sand women’s cross country teams competed in the 2004 Roy GriakInvitational, Saturday and placed seventh and 24th respectively.The University of Minnesota played host the event, which featured25 teams in the Men’s race and 29 teams in the women’s race at theLes Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. The Buckeyesopened competition with the men’s 8-kilometer race where juniorBrian Olinger paced the team as he finished 13th. Olinger finishedthe race in a time of 24:44. On the women’s side the Buckeyes wereled by Chelsea Poling. Poling paced the women’s squad finishing the5-kilometer race in a time of 22:52 to place 73rd. The Ohio Statemen’s and women’s cross country teams return to Ohio, Friday Oct.9th and compete next in the 2004 All-Ohio Invitational in Delaware,Ohio. The 12th-ranked women’s golf team shot 293 (+9) lastWednesday in the final round of the 2004 NCAA Preview in Sunriver,Ore. The Buckeyes finished in ninth place with a score of 887 (+35)in the event Senior Kristen White tied for fifth individually witha mark of 214 (+1). Teammate Lindsay Knowlton led the Buckeyes onthe final day with a round of 70 (-1) to finish in a tie for 14thplace at 217 (+4). Jennifer Selfinger and Dana Je tied for 66thplace with a final score of 228 (+15). Freshman Carling Coffingfinished 84th with a mark of 232 (+19). The Buckeyes return toaction Oct. 8-10 at the Mercedes-Benz Championships in Knoxville,Tenn. The men’s hockey team was ranked 12th in the USCHO.comPreseason Poll and 13th in the USA Today/USA Hockey MagazinePreseason Poll in rankings released Monday. The Buckeyes were 26-16last season and finished fourth in the CCHA with a 16-12 ledger.After winning three games in three nights to win the CCHA Super Sixtournament title and the league’s automatic berth into the NCAAtournament, the squad finished the year sixth in the USCHO.com polland ninth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. Ohio Stateopens the season against No. 10/10 New Hampshire Oct. 9 in the IceBreaker Tournament in Durham, N.H. The squad opens its homeschedule against Miami at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 21 in Value City Arena inColumbus, Ohio.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 28-Monday, Oct. 4
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Sept. 28
Field Hockey at Louisville, 5 p.m.
Louisville, Ky.

Friday, Oct. 1
Women’s Soccer at Michigan State 4 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Kentucky Fall Invitational
Lexington, Ky.

Pistol – Buckeye Cup
Hugh Wylie Rifle Range, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at All-American Tournament
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Saturday, Oct. 2
Field Hockey vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Volleyball vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Football at Northwestern, 9 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Tennis at Kentucky Fall Invitational
Lexington, Ky.

Pistol – Buckeye Cup
Hugh Wylie Rifle Range, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at All-American Tournament
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sunday, Oct. 3
Women’s Soccer at Michigan, Noon
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Etobicoke, 1:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Field Hockey vs. Central Michigan, 2 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Kentucky Fall Invitational
Lexington, Ky.

Men’s Tennis at All-American Tournament
Chattanooga, Tenn.