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Oct. 5, 2011

Columbus, Ohio –

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Ohio State (8-4-1, 3-1-1) continues Big Ten conference play on the road this weekend. The Buckeyes play at Purdue (4-8-2, 1-3-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

IN THE RANKINGS The Buckeyes are back in the national rankings this week, ranked No. 23 by Soccer America and No. 27 by Top Drawer Soccer. Ohio State is 26th this week in the RPI.

200 BUCKEYE WINS 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 202-152-28. Some of the previous milestone wins in Buckeye history:

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)

SCOUTING PURDUE Purdue is 4-8-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the Big Ten thus far this season. The Boilermakers’ conference win came over Northwestern 2-1. Alex Hairston leads Purdue in scoring, with six goals and a pair of assists for 14 points. Mollie Kuramoto has assisted on five goals. In goal, Clara Kridler has made 75 saves, with a 1.41 goals-against average. Ohio State leads the all-time series 10-8-1.

AGAINST WISCONSIN Ohio State defeated league-leading Wisconsin 1-0 at the McClimon Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon, ending the Badgers’ nine-game Big Ten home win streak.

In the 48th minute, Tiffany Cameron, with her fifth goal of the season, finished off a corner kick with a shot that ricocheted off the right post for the only score of the match. Assists on the play were from Kristen Niederhaus and Liz Sullivan. Cameron has scored goals in three consecutive matches.

The Badgers came closest to scoring in the 59th minute, when OSU keeper Katie Baumgardner deflected a driving header from Laurie Nosbusch off a cross, and again in the 69th minute, when a Nosbusch shot sailed high over the net, and the 85th minute, when a Meghan Flannery shot was high.

Ohio State outshot Wisconsin 13-9 and led 5-4 in corner kicks. During the scoreless first half, the Buckeyes held a decisive 7-2 lead in shots and were ahead 4-3 in corner kicks.

AGAINST PENN STATE Ohio State could not hold off a second-half attack as No. 24 Penn State posted a 3-1 win in Big Ten play at PSU’s Jeffrey Field.

The Buckeyes wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as Tiffany Cameron outmaneuvered a defender on a breakaway shot from the left wing in the 8th minute. The Buckeyes, playing aggressive defense, held a 1-0 lead at halftime; Ohio State outshot the Nittany Lions 6-4 in the first half.

Penn State scored twice in the first two minutes of the second half, in the 45th minute on a Taylor Schram goal from the top of the box assisted by Maya Hayes and Erin McNulty, and again in the 46th minute when a Kori Chapic header found the net off a cross. Assisting on the Chapic goal were Hayes and Christine Nairn. Emily Hurd scored another goal for Penn State in the 53rd minute, assisted by Hayes. For the game, Ohio State led 16-11 in shots. Penn State held a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.

BAUMGARDNER PLAYER OF WEEK 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.

IN THE BIG TEN Now into its 19th season of conference play, Ohio State holds a 78-77-13 all-time record in Big Ten competition. The Buckeyes are 10-6-2 in Big Ten home openers and 8-5-1 in conference home debuts under Lori Walker.

The Buckeyes are 6-10-3 in Big Ten openers and 2-14-3 in Big Ten road openers overall; under Lori Walker, they are 6-6-3 in Big Ten openers and 2-10-3 in Big Ten road openers

Ohio State is 54-28-7 all-time in Big Ten games in Columbus, and 46-24-6 at home under Lori Walker. Ohio State is 36-59-7 all-time in Big Ten road games, and 33-44-7 on the road in Big Ten games under Lori Walker. The Buckeyes are 11-13-2 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.

IN OVERTIME Ohio State is now 1-0-1 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. All-time, Ohio State is 25-16-25 in overtime games, and 7-3-18 in double overtime contests.

NON-CONFERENCE PLAY The Buckeyes concluded non-conference play with the match versus Dayton. In 2011, Ohio State posted a 5-3 record against its non-conference opponents, with wins over Xavier, Radford, Wright State, West Virginia and Ohio, and losses to No. 1 North Carolina, No. 24 Dayton and at Missouri.

IN OCTOBER The Buckeyes are 87-62-6 all-time in matches played in October; under Lori Walker, they are 70-45-6 in October. At home, Ohio State is 57-22-3 during that month (45-15-3 under Walker). The Buckeyes are 30-40-3 away from Columbus all-time (25-30-3 under Walker).

THE COACHING STAFF Ohio State is under the direction of 15th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to six NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 166-115-25 and her career record is 179-138-26.

Greg Miller is in his fourth season as associate head coach and 11th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2011 season marks the fourth campaign for assistant coach Glen Tourville; former team manager Spencer Bownas serves as a volunteer coach this season.

SCOLIERE, MAXWELL IN TOP DRAWER TOP 20 Top Drawer Soccer has ranked its top 20 players by conference thus far for the 2011 season. Buckeyes Paige Maxwell and Danielle Scoliere are listed among the best of the Big Ten through the midpoint of the campaign.

MAXWELL ON MAC HERMANN LIST Forward Paige Maxwell has been named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list. The senior from Medina, Ohio, is the reigning Offensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten after leading the Buckeyes and tying for second in the conference with 10 goals, including five game-winners, while adding a pair of assists. The 2010 NSCAA third team All-American has led the team in goals in each of her three seasons and ranks seventh in program history with 24 career goals. 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. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer. Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists. BUCKEYES PICKED SECOND IN BIG TEN Ohio State was picked by Big Ten head coaches to finish second in the conference this season. Penn State garnered the top spot in the preseason poll, followed by the Buckeyes, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Each team was a 2010 NCAA tournament team; it marks the ninth-consecutive season the Nittany Lions were picked to win the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes, returning eight starters from their Big Ten co-champion and NCAA College Cup team a year ago, also had 2010 NSCAA third team All-American Paige Maxwell, co-captain Danielle Scoliere and Danica Wu named Players to Watch by the Big Ten.

CANADIAN CONNECTION Ohio State has received nearly 65% of its offense (11-17 goals)this season from North of the Border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (5 goals), Kiiri Kuld (2), Danica Wu (2) and Lauren Granberg (2) have led the charge on the net, as well as contributing four assists.

CLIMBING CAREER RANKINGS Senior Paige Maxwell has moved to seventh place on the Ohio State all-time list in career points (61), and is now seventh in career goals scored (26). She ranks ninth in career shots (170). Junior Tiffany Cameron is now 12th in career goals (16) and 13th in career points scored (41). Junior Lauren Granberg ranks 14th in career goals (12), 17th in career points (30) and 15th in career shots (117). Here’s a look at the Ohio State record book:

CAREER GOALS TOTAL YEARS 1. Lisa Grubb 35 2001-06 Lisa Collison 35 2005-08 3. Lisa Suttmiller 30 1994-97 4. Tiffany Tisdale 29 1994-97 Lindsay Eckles 29 1999-02 6. Lara Dickenmann 27 2004-07 7. Paige Maxwell 26 2008-11 8. Jodie Stranges 24 1994-97 9. Colleen Hoban 23 2002-04 10. Becky Borchers 22 1995-98 11. Danielle Dietrich 19 2002-05 12. Katy Traeger 16 1996-99 Tiffany Cameron 16 2009-11 14. Lauren Granberg 12 2009-11 15. Ashley Bowyer 10 2006-09 Jill Baker 10 1994-95 Lori Helle 10 1994-96 Elizabeth Mumley 10 2001-04

CAREER ASSISTS TOTAL YEARS 1. Lara Dickenmann 35 2004-07 2. Lisa Grubb 25 2001-06 3. Lisa Suttmiller 23 1994-97 4. Lauren Steuer 18 2006-10 5. Emily Thorpe 17 1998-01 6. Ashley Bowyer 16 2006-09 7. Jen Miller 15 1999-02 Danielle Dietrich 15 2002-05 9. Colleen Hoban 14 2002-04 10. Lauren Beachy 13 2007-10 Katy Traeger 13 1996-99 Elizabeth Mumley 13 2001-04 Carla Arbulu 13 2004-07 13. Paige Harrison 12 2001-04 Melissa Miller 12 2002-06 15. Caitlin Colfer 11 2005-08 Becky Borchers 11 1995-98

CAREER POINTS TOTAL (G-A) YEARS 1. Lisa Grubb 95 (35-25) 2001-06 2. Lara Dickenmann 89 (27-35) 2004-07 3. Lisa Suttmiller 83 (30-23) 1994-97 4. Lisa Collison 80 (35-10) 2005-08 5. Lindsay Eckles 68 (29-10) 1999-02 6. Tiffany Tisdale 67 (29-9) 1994-97 7. Paige Maxwell 61 (26-9) 2008-11 8. Jodie Stranges 58 (24-10) 1994-97 9. Colleen Hoban 56 (21-14) 2002-04 10. Becky Borchers 55 (22-11) 1995-98 11. Danielle Dietrich 53 (19-15) 2002-05 12. Katy Traeger 45 (16-13) 1996-99 13. Tiffany Cameron 41 (16-9) 2009-11 14. Emily Thorpe 37 (10-17) 1998-01 15. Ashley Bowyer 36 (10-16) 2006-09 16. Elizabeth Mumley 31 (10-11) 2001-04 17. Lauren Granberg 30 (12-6) 2009-11 18. Lauren Steuer 28 (5-18) 2006-10 19. Melissa Miller 26 (7-12) 2003-06 20. Katie Martorella 25 (9-7) 1996-99 Heather Miller 25 (9-7) 2001-04

CAREER SHOTS TOTAL YEARS 1. Lisa Grubb 325 2001-06 2. Lindsay Eckles 250 1999-02 3. Lara Dickenmann 294 2004-07 4. Danielle Dietrich 214 2002-05 5. Lisa Suttmiller 204 1994-97 Lisa Collison 204 2005-08 7. Tiffany Tisdale 202 1994-97 8. Jodie Stranges 179 1994-97 9. Paige Maxwell 170 2008-11 10. Becky Borchers 168 1995-98 11. Ashley Bowyer 149 2006-09 12. Emily Thorpe 136 1998-01 13. Katie Martorella 122 1996-99 14. Katy Traeger 120 1996-99 15. Lauren Granberg 117 2009-11

WINNINGEST SENIOR CLASS The 2011 senior class is trying to make its mark as the winningest four-year group in Buckeye history. The current seniors have 47 career wins since the beginning of the 2008 campaign. The senior classes with the most career victories in Ohio State history:

51 wins: 2010 49 wins: 2006 48 wins: 1999, 2007

THE BUCKEYE CAPTAINS Danielle Scoliere and Liz Sullivan have been named captains of the 2011 squad and Lauren Granberg has been named assistant captain.

Scoliere is a captain for the second consecutive season after appearing in 61 games, making 34 starts, over her first three seasons. The Dublin, Ohio, native has primarily been an outside back for the Buckeyes but has been able to move up and provide an offensive spark because of her speed and work rate. She is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Sullivan, from Powell, Ohio, played in all 24 games as an outside back as a junior last season, scoring a pair of goals and adding five assists. A quick and talented defender who can also move up to the midfield, Sullivan scored her first career goal, a game-winner, last season in a 2-0 win over Pitt. Sullivan is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Granberg, from Edmonton, Alberta, was third on the team in scoring last season, tallying four goals and five assists while appearing in all 24 games. She is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

A LOOK BACK AT 2010 Ohio State advanced to its first-ever College Cup in 2010, reaching the NCAA semifinals after winning the Big Ten regular-season championship. With its record of 17-5-2, the 2010 team has recorded the second-most wins in program history behind the 2004 squad’s 19 wins. The Buckeyes’ 14-4-1 regular season was also the second best in school history.

A “NEW” HOME FIELD 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 89-35-11 all-time. – Ohio State is 70-18-9 since 2003 and 45-13-5 since 2006. – The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009 and were 9-2-2 in 2010.

IN THE PINK As part of the women’s soccer team’s participation in building awareness for the fight against breast cancer, Ohio State fans attending the Oct. 14 match with Iowa will have a chance to win a spot on the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer in February, courtesy of Travel Partners. Fans will also receive special pom-poms that evening.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT Eight teams will qualify for the 2011 Big Ten women’s soccer championship tournament, to be held November 2-6 at Northwestern. Matches will be played in a single-elimination format on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; the winner receives the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA championship field.

THREE GAMES TELEVISED ON BTN Three Ohio State women’s soccer contests will be televised live this fall as part of the Big Ten Network (BTN) autumn schedule. The Buckeyes’ road games at Minnesota and Wisconsin will be shown live on national television, as will Senior Day activities from Columbus when Ohio State hosts Indiana. BTN.com will also be live streaming the Sept. 29 match from Penn State, as well as the home matches with Iowa (Oct. 14) and Nebraska (Oct. 16). The complete BTN broadcast schedule can be found at www.BigTenNetwork.com.

UPCOMING The Buckeyes return home to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium next weekend for Big Ten contests against Iowa and Nebraska. The Buckeyes host Iowa at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, in a match that will be streamed live on BTN.com. On Sunday, October 16, Ohio State entertains Nebraska in a 1 p.m. match.