COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 seed Ohio State women’s soccer team takes on No. 4 seed Notre Dame in the first NCAA semifinal in program history at 4 p.m. Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match will be broadcasted live on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com with Beth Mowins and Julie Foudy calling the game. The winner of Friday’s match takes on the winner of the other semifinal between Stanford and Boston College at Noon Sunday.
The Buckeyes defeated Georgetown, 2-0, Friday evening in the quarterfinals at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Lauren Beachy scored in the 21st minute on a penalty kick and Tiffany Cameron added an insurance tally for the Buckeyes in the 53rd minute off assists from Lauren Granberg and Paige Maxwell. Goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner recorded her fourth shutout of the season in the win over the Hoyas.
In 18 seasons of women’s soccer, this marks the sixth time overall and third time in the past four seasons the Buckeyes have reached NCAAs. Ohio State is 7-5-1 all-time in NCAA play, all under the direction of head coach Lori Walker.
BUCKS EARN BIG TEN AWARDS
Paige Maxwell earned Big Ten offensive player of the year honors while Cassie Dickerson was named defensive player of the year and Lori Walker earned coach of the year. Along with Maxwell and Dickerson, Tiffany Cameron garnered first team laurels while Danica Wu, Megan Fuller and Rachel Middleman made the all-freshman team. Lauren Beachy was Ohio State’s Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree.
– The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 38-14 and have allowed multiple goals in just three matches (Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
– Ohio State has outshot its opponents 378-201, including 165-79 on goal.
– Seventeen Buckeyes have recorded a point in 2010. Only the 2004 (19) and 2009 (18) teams have had more players contribute offensively.
– The Buckeyes took 40 shots in the win over Cleveland State. It is the most shots in a game for the Buckeyes going back through the 2003 season and 10 short of the program record of 50 set in a 14-0 win over Robert Morris in 1995. The 40 shots also mark the second-most by any Big Ten team in a game this season.
BUCKS IN THE BIG TEN
– As a team, Ohio State finished the season in the Top 3 in the Big Ten in points, (103, 3rd), goals (32, t-3rd), assists (39, 2nd), goals allowed (12, 2nd), goals-against average (0.62, 2nd), shutouts (9, t-3rd) and corner kicks (121, 2nd). The Buckeyes’ goals-against average ranks 16th nationally.
– The Buckeyes also ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 1.05 goals per game.
– Paige Maxwell tied for second in the conference with 10 goals and tied for first with five game-winning goals. She led the Big Ten with eight goals and with five game-winners in Big Ten play.
– Three Buckeyes ranked in the Top 10 in the conference in assists: Lauren Steuer (8, 2nd), Tiffany Cameron (5, t-8th) and Liz Sullivan (5, t-8th).
– Rachel Middleman ranked second in the conference with a 0.55 goals-against average and tied for third with six shutouts. Her goals-against average ranked 11th nationally.
WALKER IN CUP AS PLAYER, COACH
Ohio State coach Lori Walker, in her 14th season leading the Scarlet and Gray, is only the second coach in NCAA history to have played in the College Cup and then coached a team to the College Cup. She was a part of three College Cup-winning teams at North Carolina and she reaches the College Cup with her sixth Ohio State team to reach the NCAA tournament. Paula Wilkins was the first to accomplish the feat, playing for UMass in the 1993 College cup and then leading Penn State to the 2002 College Cup.
DOING IT ALL OVER AGAIN
The Buckeyes’ 14-4-1 regular season marked the second-best in school history. With 16 wins, the 2010 team has recorded the second-most wins in program history behind the 2004 squad’s 19 wins.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State appeared in the final regular season National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll at the 17th spot and tops in the Great Lakes region. The Buckeyes are 19th in the rankings by Soccer America, tied for 18th by SoccerTimes.com and 14th by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The only Big Ten team ranked higher in the NSCAA poll is Illinois (13th) while Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State and Michigan are receiving votes.
SCOUTING THE IRISH
Under seventh-year head coach Randy Waldrum, Notre Dame has posted a 19-2-2 record, 9-0-2 in the Big East. The Irish have outscored their four NCAA tournament opponents (New Mexico, No. 22 USC, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 6 Oklahoma State) by a combined score of 13-1, knocking off North Carolina and Oklahoma State on the road. Junior forward Melissa Henderson (17g, 10a) and senior midfielder Rose Augustin (11g, 10a) spearhead the offensive attack for Notre Dame while senior goalkeeper Nikki Weiss (0.53 GAA, eight shutouts).
Ohio State trails the all-time series, 0-5-0, but has not played Notre Dame since 1996.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 14th-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). Greg Miller is in his third season as associate head coach and 10th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2010 season marks the third season for assistant coach Glen Tourville and the first for student assistant coach Lauren Robertson.
BUCKEYES IN THE RPI
In the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings published by the NCAA Nov. 7, Ohio State sits 12th nationally and tops in the Big Ten ahead of 22nd-ranked Wisconsin, 35th-ranked Illinois, and 38th-ranked Minnesota.
BAUMGARDNER EARNS FIRST POW
Ohio State junior goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following a 1-0 shutout victory over Michigan State Nov. 5, clinching a share of the first Big Ten championship in program history. The award is the first of Baumgardner’s career as she made three saves to lower her season goals-against average to 0.81 and recorded the first shutout of her career.
MIDDLEMAN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Goalkeeper Rachel Middleman was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Oct. 18 after the Buckeyes knocked off Wisconsin and No. 15 Minnesota. The Mars, Pa., native recorded her sixth shutout of the season and fourth in Big Ten play, making three saves in the Buckeyes’ 1-0 victory over Wisconsin Oct. 15. Middleman came back Sunday to record the win in a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime victory over No. 15 Minnesota Oct. 17.
MAXWELL PICKS UP POW #2 OF 2010
Junior forward Paige Maxwell was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in the Buckeyes’ 3-1 victory at Iowa Oct. 8. She came back and scored the game-winner in the 99th minute of a 1-0 overtime win at Northwestern Oct. 10. The Medina, Ohio, native also was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com team of the week.
MAXWELL EARNS POW HONOR
Junior forward Paige Maxwell was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 27 after scoring the game-winner in the 85th minute of the Buckeyes’ 2-0 win over Michigan Sept. 26.
MARTIN BIG TEN OFFENSIVE POW
Junior forward Caitlyn Martin was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 13 after scoring both Ohio State goals in a 2-0 win over Cleveland State Sept. 8.
MIDDLEMAN NAMED TOP FRESHMAN
Goalkeeper Rachel Middleman was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Sept. 6 after 165 scoreless minutes in goal in a pair of shutout victories over Dayton and Akron.
GRANBERG NAMED BIG TEN POW
Sophomore Lauren Granberg was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Aug. 30 after her two-goal effort against West Virginia. She scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals just over a minute apart against the Mountaineers. The Edmonton, Alberta, native also was named a collegesoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week for her efforts.
Head coach Lori Walker picked up her 150th win at Ohio State in the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win at Iowa Oct. 8.
A CANADIAN INFLUENCE
The three Canadians on the Ohio State roster have played a huge role in 2010. Tiffany Cameron (7g, 5a) and Lauren Granberg (4g, 5a) are joined by a third Canadian, freshman Danica Wu (2g, 2a), has played in all 23 games and started 20 in the midfield.
DICKERSON ON M.A.C. HERMANN LIST
Defender Cassie Dickerson was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list, the Missouri Athletic Club announced.
Cassie Dickerson was named a team captain for the third-consecutive season and is joined by defenders Lauren Beachy and Danielle Scoliere. The trio has combined for 164 career starts.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 11 years of existence. Consider:
– The home team is 83-33-11 all-time.
– Ohio State is 64-16-9 since 2003 and 39-11-5 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009 and are 9-2-2 in 2010.