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Aug. 23, 2011

Weekly Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to Missouri for a 7:30 p.m. ET matchup with the Tigers Friday before returning home to take on Wright State at 6 p.m. ET Sunday.

The Buckeyes defeated Xavier (1-0) and Radford (4-0) on the opening weekend of play, outshooting the opponents by a combined total of 50-3 over the two contests.

BARK IN THE PARK
Ohio State soccer hosts Bark in the Park Sunday for Wright State. Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs out to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and enjoy pregame festivities starting at 5 p.m. including dog adoption information, education, training, grooming, and an exercise course! The dogs are welcome to stay in the stands with their owners for the 6 p.m. match as well and “bark” on the Buckeyes.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked seventh in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. The Buckeyes are listed ninth by Soccer America and 10th by Top Drawer Soccer.

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). 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.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Missouri Tigers are 1-1 this season with a home win versus Eastern Illinois (4-1) and a road loss at San Diego (2-1). The Tigers, Big 12 champions two of the last three seasons, are led in scoring by Kelsey Blincow and Danielle Nottingham, each with a goal and an assist. The all-time series between Ohio State and Missouri is tied 1-1.

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Wright State is off to a 2-0 start in 2011, with victories over Ohio University (1-0) and Canisius (8-1). Liz Soto and Jen Agueci are Wright’s leading scorers with two goals each this season; Brittany Persaud has a goal and two assists to her credit. Goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy has recorded nine saves in her two wins. The Raiders are 1-0 on the road thus far. Ohio State leads the all-time series 10-2.

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 will be 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 “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 85-33-11 all-time.
– Ohio State is 66-16-9 since 2003 and 41-11-5 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009 and were 9-2-2 in 2010.

THREE GAMES 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. The Sept. 18 contest at Minnesota is a 2 p.m. Eastern start, as is the game at Wisconsin on Oct. 2. The Buckeyes’ regular-season home finale against Indiana on Oct. 30 will begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The complete BTN broadcast schedule can be found at www.BigTenNetwork.com.

MAXWELL CLIMBING CAREER RANKS
Senior Paige Maxwell has moved to eighth place on the Ohio State all-time list in career points (56), and is now seventh in career goals scored (25). She ranks 12th in career shots (129).

MAXWELL ON MAC HERMANN LIST
Ohio State women’s soccer forward Paige Maxwell has been named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, the Missouri Athletic Club announced Aug. 15.

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 heading into 2011.

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 last season. 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.

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. The Sept. 18 contest at Minnesota is a 2 p.m. Eastern start, as is the game at Wisconsin on Oct. 2. The Buckeyes’ regular-season home finale against Indiana on Oct. 30 will begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

BTN.com will also be live streaming the Sept. 29 match from Penn State. The complete BTN broadcast schedule can be found at www.BigTenNetwork.com.

UP NEXT
Ohio State plays at Top 25 West Virginia at 7 p.m. Sept. 1. The Buckeyes are home Sept. 4, hosting top-ranked North Carolina in a 6 p.m. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.