Oct. 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 21st-ranked and second-seeded Ohio State women’s soccer team enters Big Ten Tournament play with a 4:30 p.m. ET match against seventh-seeded Nebraska Wednesday in Bloomington, Ind. A win Wednesday would pit the Buckeyes against No. 3 seed Michigan or No. 6 seed Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The Buckeyes are 13-4-1 on the season and finished second in the Big Ten regular season with a 8-2-1 record.
Fans can follow live stats at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, a live video stream at BTN.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC. A Big Ten Tournament Central page is located at http://go.osu.edu/12B1GTourneyCentral.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes defeated Indiana, 5-0, in the regular season finale last Friday in Bloomington. Tiffany Cameron broke the Ohio State career goals record with her goal in the 38th minute before adding another in the 55th. The senior also tallied a pair of assists while Aly Walker, Lauren Granberg and Marisa Wolf also scored goals in the victory. Goalkeepers Jillian McVicker and Rachel Middleman each tallied two saves as the Buckeyes earned their 10th shutout of the season.
SENIOR CLASS TOPS IN OSU HISTORY
With the win over Iowa Oct. 12, the 2012 senior class of Tiffany Cameron, Lauren Granberg, Jessie Greenberg, Kendyl Reed and Aly Walker became the winningest in Ohio State women’s soccer history. A look at the other top classes in program history:
56 wins: 2012
51 wins: 2010, 2011
49 wins: 2006
48 wins: 1999, 2007
CLIMBING OHIO STATE RANKINGS
With her second goal Oct. 18 against Michigan, Tiffany Cameron moved into first place on the Ohio State single-season goals list and, with her first goal Oct. 26 at Indiana, became the Buckeyes’ all-time leading goal scorer. After adding another against the Hoosiers, Cameron sits at 37 for her career, two ahead of Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann. Cameron is also second on the Ohio State career points list with 90, trailing only Lisa Grubb (95). In addition, Lauren Granberg has moved into 11th on the career goals list with 21 and a tie for 10th on the career points list with 56. With 41 points this season, Cameron ranks first on the Ohio State single-season list, while Granberg sits tied for ninth with 24.
BUCKS PICK UP B1G AWARDS
Tiffany Cameron – Offensive POW (10/29)
Tiffany Cameron – Offensive POW (10/22)
Lauren Granberg – Offensive POW (10/15)
Tiffany Cameron – Offensive POW (9/10)
Rachel Middleman – Defensive POW (9/10)
Kendyl Reed – Defensive POW (8/27)
Michela Pardiso – FOW (8/27)
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
As a team, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in most defensive categories including goals allowed (11, 1st), goals-against average (0.60, 1st) and shutouts (10, t-2nd).
Individually, Tiffany Cameron leads the Big Ten with eight game-winning goals, is second with 18 goals overall and sits second with 41 points. In addition, Jillian McVicker leads the Big Ten with a 0.49 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage while Rachel Middleman is third with a 0.69 goals-against average and fifth with an .844 save percentage.
On a national level, the Buckeyes are 19th with a .556 shutout percentage, 13th in goals-against average and 12th with an .864 save percentage. Cameron is tied for first nationally with eight game-winners and fourth with 18 goals.
SOME MORE NOTES…
– The Buckeyes are 13-0-0 this season when they find the back of the net.
– Tiffany Cameron has scored at least one goal in each victory.
– Cameron or Lauren Granberg have combined to score or have an assist on 27 of the 34 Ohio State goals this season.
– Cameron’s eight game-winners this season is tied for fourth on Big Ten single-season list. Her 18 career game-winners puts her in a tie for fifth all-time in the Big Ten.
– Ohio State is 29-1-1 all-time when Cameron scores a goal.
– The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 20-3 over their last six contests.
– The win against Indiana Friday tied the 2010 Buckeyes for most victories in Big Ten play with eight.
– The Buckeyes are ranked 21st in this week’s NSCAA Top 25 in addition to a No. 2 ranking in the Great Lakes region. Ohio State also is ranked No. 16 in this week’s NCAA RPI.
SCOUTING THE HUSKERS
Nebraska enters the week 7-11-1 overall, 4-7-0 in conference play. Mayme Conroy leads Nebraska with 14 goals while Caroline Gray has added a team-high six assists. Emma Stevens has seen the majority of the time in goal, tallying a 1.90 goals-against average with a pair of shutouts.
Ohio State and Nebraska have split two meetings all-time, with the Buckeyes winning 4-0 earlier this season in Lincoln.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 16th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to seven NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 183-124-27 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 196-147-28.
Glen Tourville is in his fifth season as associate head coach while Jason Goodson enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes. The 2012 season is the ninth for volunteer coach Spencer Bownas.
Ohio State has received 26 of its 34 goals this season from north of the border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (18 goals) and Lauren Granberg (8) have led the charge on goal. Cameron, Granberg and Danica Wu also have combined for 16 of the Buckeyes’ 46 assists.
JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the sparkling home to the Buckeyes, has provided quite the home-field advantage for the women’s soccer team. Some stats about the facility:
– The home team is 99-38-12 all-time.
– Ohio State is 80-21-10 since 2003 and 55-16-6 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.