Oct. 16, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts No. 17 Michigan at 8 p.m. Thursday before taking on Michigan State on Senior Day at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Thursday game against the Wolverines will be televised live on BTN. Dan Kelly (play-by-play) and Danielle Slaton (color) will be on the call.
The Buckeyes are 10-4-1 on the season and sit third in the Big Ten with a 5-2-1 record.
Fans can follow live stats and watch streaming video of the Michigan State game on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes won at Iowa, 4-1, Friday before shutting out Nebraska, 4-0, Sunday in Lincoln. Aly Walker tallied a pair of goals in the win at Iowa before Lauren Granberg notched the Buckeyes’ first hat trick since 2009 in the victory at Nebraska. Goalkeepers Rachel Middleman and Jillian McVicker combined to tally the Buckeyes’ ninth shutout of the season against the Cornhuskers.
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:
53 wins: 2012
51 wins: 2010, 2011
49 wins: 2006
48 wins: 1999, 2007
BUCKS PICK UP B1G AWARDS
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 (9, 2nd), goals-against average (0.58, 2nd) and shutouts (9, 3rd).
Individually, Tiffany Cameron leads the Big Ten with seven game-winning goals, is tied for second with 12 goals overall and sits fourth with 27 points. In addition, Jillian McVicker sits second with a 0.55 goals-against average while Rachel Middleman is third with a 0.60 goals-against average and tied for fifth with three shutouts.
On a national level, the Buckeyes are 12th with a .600 shutout percentage and 13th in goals-against average. Cameron is tied for second nationally with seven game-winners and tied for 14th with 12 goals.
SOME MORE NOTES…
– The Buckeyes are 10-0-0 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 19 of the 23 Ohio State goals this season.
– The Buckeyes are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll this week.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Michigan is 13-2-1 on the season, 9-0-1 in the Big Ten and No. 17 in the NSCAA poll this week. Nkem Ezurike leads the Wolverines with eight goals and 17 points this season while Meghan Toohey and Tori McCombs are tied for the team lead with four assists. Haley Kopmeyer has posted a Big Ten-best 0.37 goals-against average as the Wolverines have outscored their opponents 29-6 on the season.
Ohio State trails the all-time series 12-9-2 but has won the last three meetings.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State enters the week with an 8-6-2 record, 2-5-1 in conference play. Olivia Standers leads the Spartans with five goals and eight assists while Courtney Clem has recorded a 0.89 goals-against average with four clean sheets.
The all-time series between the two schools is knotted at 9-9-0.
CLIMBING OHIO STATE RANKINGS
After scoring a pair of goals last weekend, Tiffany Cameron has moved into a tie for third on the Ohio State single-season list with 12, one behind Lisa Collison (2005) and Lara Dickenmann (2004). With 31 goals and 76 points in her career, Cameron sits third and fifth, respectively, on both Ohio State all-time lists. In addition, Lauren Granberg has moved into a tie for 11th on the career goals list with 19 and a tie for 13th on the career points list with 49.
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 180-124-27 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 193-147-28.
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 18 of its 23 goals this season from north of the border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (12 goals) and Lauren Granberg (6) have led the charge on goal. Cameron, Granberg and Danica Wu also have combined for 11 of the Buckeyes’ 31 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 97-38-12 all-time.
– Ohio State is 78-21-10 since 2003 and 53-16-6 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
The Buckeyes travel to Indiana for a 7 p.m. matchup in the season finale Oct. 26 in Bloomington.