COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State senior midfielder Lara Dickenmann has been named to the 2007 All-Big Ten Conference women’s soccer team by vote of the 11 conference head coaches. Dickenmann was one of only two players Parrissa Eyorokon of Purdue was the other to be a unanimous selection to the first team. This is Dickenmann’s third first-team all-conference honor and fourth overall. She was a second-team choice in 2005.
Freshman Courtney Jenkins, from Dublin, Ohio, was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team and senior tri-captain Amanda Ball, from Centerville, Ohio, was one of 11 players honored with the Sportsmanship Award.
Dickenmann, from Kriens, Switzerland, leads the Buckeyes with 13 points this season off four goals and five assists. The Swiss National Team member has been instrumental in Ohio State’s success as the team has gone 18-3 the past two seasons in games in which she scores a point. This year she became the first Buckeye to be named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. The holder of Ohio State single season records for goals, assists and points, and the career leader with 32 assists, Dickenmann joins Jodi Stranges (1995-97) as the only Buckeye to be named first-team All-Big Ten three times.
Jenkins, one of five freshmen in coach Lori Walker’s starting lineup this season, has three goals and six points. She has started 16 of the 17 games she has played in. She scored game-winning goals against Wright State and Minnesota. The goal against Minnesota came in overtime and enabled the Buckeyes to secure a huge win on the road.
Ball has had a career-best year. She scored her first goal as a Buckeye against Minnesota this year, a game-tying score in the 84th minute that put the Buckeyes in position to win in overtime. Ball also assisted on a game-winning goal by Alex Burzynski against Indiana. This Sportsmanship Award is Ball’s second from the Big Ten. She earned the honor last year, as well. The 11 student-athletes named are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
The Buckeyes are seeded fifth for this week’s Big Ten Conference tournament and will play No. 4 seed Indiana at 3 p.m. (EST) Thursday, Nov. 8 at the University of Minnesota’s Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The winner of the Ohio State/Indiana match will take on either 10-time Big Ten champion Penn State, the No. 1 seed, or No. 8 Iowa in a semifinal match at 6 p.m. (EST) Friday.