Aug. 29, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team continues its homestand when it hosts Syracuse at 6 p.m. Sunday on Parents’ Day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes opened their home slate with a pair of wins last weekend, 3-0 over Northeastern and a 1-0 victory against No. 17 Maryland.
Tiffany Cameron tallied the game-winning goal in both matches while Michela Paradiso added three assists, two coming on game-winners. Lauren Granberg also added a spark offensively with a goal and an assist while the Buckeyes didn’t allow a goal over 180 minutes of play.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
As a team, Ohio State ranks in the top half of the Big Ten in most defensive categories including goals allowed (3, t-4th), shutouts (2, t-4th) and goals-against average (0.73, 5th).
Individually, Michela Paradiso is tied for first in the Big Ten with three assists while Rachel Middleman is sixth with a 1.01 goals-against average. Tiffany Cameron is tied for first with two game-winning goals.
SCOUTING THE ORANGE
Syracuse is 1-1-1 entering the week after falling to Washington, 2-1, Sunday. Sophomore Alexis Koval leads the Orange with three goals while senior Jenna Rickan has added a pair of assists.
Ohio State has won both meetings against Syracuse, including a 3-2 overtime victory in Columbus in 2000.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Aug. 14. Seniors Tiffany Cameron and Lauren Granberg and junior Danica Wu were named the Buckeyes’ players to watch.
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 172-122-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 185-145-27.
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 received almost half of its offense (15 of 31 goals) last season from North of the Border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (8 goals), Lauren Granberg (3), Kiiri Kuld (2) and Danica Wu (2) led the charge on the goal, as well as contributing 11 assists.
11 AT HOME…AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 16 against Minnesota. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
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 92-37-11 all-time.
– Ohio State is 73-20-9 since 2003 and 48-15-5 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
The Buckeyes host Missouri at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and Duquesne at 6 p.m. Sept. 9.