COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team is seeded fifth for this week’s Big Ten Conference tournament and will play No. 4 seed Indiana at 3 p.m. (EST) Thursday, Nov. 8 at the University of Minnesota’s Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The Buckeyes are making their 12th appearance in the Big Ten tournament in 15 years as an Ohio State varsity sport.
The winner of the Ohio State/Indiana match will take on either 10-time Big Ten champion Penn State, the No. 1 seed, or No. 8 Iowa in a semifinal match at 6 p.m. (EST) Friday.
The other half of the bracket pairs No. 2 seed Purdue against No. 7 Northwestern and No. 3 Illinois against No. 6 (and host) Minnesota. The championship game is set for 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday.
The Big Ten Network and CSTV will televise the 2007 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament, providing television coverage of the semifinals and finals for the first time in conference history.
Although not televised, the Ohio State vs. Indiana game and all others in the tournament can be viewed via “live stats” through the University of Minnesota’s web site. Go to www.gophersports.com and click on the 2007 Women’s Soccer Championships logo in the upper right hand corner of the home page to access tournament info and live stats link.
OHIO STATE BIG TEN TOURNEY HISTORY
Ohio State, under the direction of 11th-year coach Lori Walker, has an all-time Big Ten tournament record of 9-9 and won the tournament championship in 2002 and again in 2004. Ohio State and Indiana have met just once in the tournament: IU claimed a 3-1 win in the 1995 tournament. All-time, Ohio State is 5-10-2 against Indiana, including a 1-0 win at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Oct. 26.
Ohio State Year-by-Year Tournament Results
1994 L 1-3 vs. Minnesota (@UW) 2001 W 2-1 OT vs. Purdue (@Pur.)
1995 L 1-3 at Indiana L 0-2 vs. Penn State
1996 L 1-2 vs. Michigan (@OSU) 2002 W 1-1 vs. Purdue (@UW)
1997 L 0-3 vs. Michigan (@Mn.) W 1-1* vs. Michigan
1998 W 1-0 vs. Wisconsin (@PSU) W 2-1* at Wisconsin
W 3-2 vs. Indiana 2003 L 1-2 OT vs. Michigan (@UW)
L 0-2 at Penn State 2004 W 2-0 vs. Purdue (@OSU)
1999 L 0-2 vs. Minnesota (@Ind.) W 5-2 vs. Michigan
2001 W 2-1 vs. Purdue (@Pur.) W 2-0 vs. Penn State
L 0-2 vs. Penn State 2006 L 1-2 OT vs. Purdue (@PSU)
*Game went to penalty kicks; Bold indicates Ohio State championship years
OHIO STATE 34TH IN LATEST RPI
Ohio State is 34th in the latest RPI index, released Tuesday. The Buckeyes are the fourth-highest ranked Big Ten team. Eleven wins, including a win over San Diego, No. 11 in the RPI and a 14-game winner, against a quality schedule that includes six Top 20 RPI teams has no doubt proved favorable for the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s record has come against a schedule that is loaded with nationally ranked teams and with other teams that are among the top in their respective conferences. Consider:
Publicists for the eight teams in the Big Ten Conference tournament submitted information about their teams for the tournament, including the “X” Factor, or a key note for each team’s success. Here are the “X” Factors:
No. 1 Penn State “X” Offensive production must out-weigh any defensive miscues. Team also must focus through 90 minutes.
No. 2 Purdue “X” The ability to respond to adversity. The Boilermakers have only trailed in five matches this season, but came back to win three of those games after being down 1-0.
No. 3 Illinois “X” Senior forward Ella Masar could be the determining factor. Illinois was 8-1 when Masar scored this season and 3-4-1 in games where she didn’t.
No. 4 Indiana “X” Conversions. Recent conference struggles have come from not converting its chances into goals. In a 1-0 loss to OSU on Oct. 26, the Hoosiers put two balls off the crossbar.
No. 5 Ohio State “X” Buckeyes are 18-3 the last two seasons in games where Lara Dickenmann scores a point.
No. 6 Minnesota “X” Getting off on the right foot. Minnesota has been a strong second half team this season, outscoring their opponents 21-9 and going 6-2-0 on Sundays. But the Gophers must play well out of the gate if they hope to make a run in the tournament.
No. 7 Northwestern “X” Need to have great team defending and get big games from goal-scorers.
No. 8 Iowa “X” All eyes will be on who is in goal for the Hawkeyes, as three goalkeepers have been used throughout the season. Freshman Stephanie Swanson could get thrown into the mix with injuries to Boldt and Feiereisel.
BUCKS’ SEASON REWIND
Ohio State enters the Big Ten Conference Tournament as the fifth seed with an 11-8-0 overall record and a 5-5-0 mark in the Big Ten. The team lost to Top 10 teams Purdue and Penn State in its final two matches, both played at home. They were the first two losses at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the team after it reeled off 10 consecutive wins at home, a school record. Ohio State won 11 games this season against opponents that combined to win 59 percent of their games with 10 opponents winning at least 10 games. Some highlights:
LEADING THE WAY ON GAME DAY
The Buckeyes are led in scoring by senior tri-captain Lara Dickenmann (4-5-13) with freshman Alex Burzynski (5-2-12) second in scoring and first in goals. Junior Lisa Collison (4-3-11) and sophomore Ashley Bowyer (2-4-8) are third and fourth in scoring, respectively, giving Ohio State a senior, junior, sophomore and freshman among its top four scorers. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Robertson has played every minute in goal and has posted seven shutouts. She led the Big Ten in saves per game (4.74).
A TYPICAL OHIO STATE LINEUP…
Here’s how Ohio State has started most often this season, and five freshmen have started in virtually every game: the goalkeeper is sophomore Lauren Robertson…defenders are senior Keiana Mitchell and freshmen Lauren Hallauer, Lauren Steuer and Lauren Beachy…midfielders are led by senior Lara Dickenmann with senior Amanda Ball and freshman Courtney Jenkins…the forwards are junior Lisa Collison, sophomore Ashley Bowyer and freshman Alex Burzynski. Bowyer has spent considerable time at midfield as well. Carla Arbulu is an 11-game starter at defender. Freshman Laura Roberts has made six starts at forward.
Ohio State is averaging 13.5 shots (7th in the Big Ten), 1.32 goals (7th) and 1.58 assists (3rd) this season. Defensively, the Buckeyes are eighth in the conference allowing 1.16 goals per game and first in saves (4.84).
NEWS, NOTES AND OHIO STATE GOOD STUFF
Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Robertson leads the Big Ten with 4.74 saves per game. She is third in shutouts with seven and sixth in goals against average (1.12). Lara Dickenmann is third in the conference in shots (60; 3.16 average) and tied for 10th in assists (five). A few more notes, quotes and facts on the team:
BUCKEYES 4-1 IN OVERTIME
Ohio State has reversed its fortune in overtime contests. Heading into this season, Ohio State had not won an overtime game since the 2003 season, going 0-6-6 and with losses in its last three overtime contests. No one on this team had even been part of an OSU overtime win, but that changed this year. Here’s how:
HEAD COACH LORI WALKER
Ohio State’s Lori Walker is in her 11th season as head coach of the Buckeyes. She started with the program in 1996 and has coached the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Tournament championships 2002 and 2004 and into the NCAA Championship field three times (consecutively between 2002-04). In 2004 she guided the Buckeyes to their finest season ever: a 19-4-3 record, champion of the Big Ten Tournament and three NCAA tournament wins before losing to UCLA in the elite eight, 1-0. Walker is 119-89-15 at Ohio State and 132-112-16 all-time. She was head coach at Kansas for two seasons prior to coming to Ohio State.
GK ROBERTSON EARNS SECOND BIG TEN HONOR
Lauren Robertson was named the Big Ten Conference women’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 15 for the second time this season. Robertson, from Mission Viejo, Calif., helped posted shutouts in wins over Michigan, 1-0, and Michigan State, 3-0. She totaled eight saves in the two games.
ROBERTSON AMONG TOP 5 IN SHUTOUTS
Lauren Robertson, known as “Taz” by her teammates, has moved into the Top 5 for single season shutouts by an Ohio State goalkeeper with seven. The record is nine, by Emily Haynam (2004) and Amber Barnes (1998).
BOWYER AND DICKENMANN MAKE DUKE ALL-CLASSIC TEAM
Ashley Bowyer, a sophomore midfielder, and Lara Dickenmann were each selected to the 11-player Duke adidas Classic all-tournament team. Dickenmann had the Buckeyes’ only goal of the tournament, a bender that tied the score with Duke in the second half. Amanda Ball set Dickenmann up for the score. Bowyer’s play was terrific. Head coach Lori Walker: “Ashley Bowyer played extremely well in the midfield and made a difference.”
DICKENMANN NAMED TO HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
Senior tri-captain Lara Dickenmann has been named to the preseason watch list for the Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer. Dickenmann also has been named to MajorLeagueSoccer Magazine’s preseason All-America team. MLS is a new soccer publication that debuted in July.
ROBERTSON NAMED BIG TEN’S BEST; SOCCER BUZZ ELITE TEAM MEMBER
Three shutout victories, 13 saves made plus an assist netted sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Robertson the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week award Sept. 10 and also a spot on Soccer Buzz Magazine’s Elite Team of the Week. The Buckeyes defeated Wright State, Pepperdine and San Diego. Robertson’s week included a sterling, seven-save performance in Ohio State’s win over 24th-ranked San Diego.
ARBULU NAMED TO ELITE TEAM OF THE WEEK
Carla Arbulu was named to Soccer Buzz Magazine’s first Elite Team of the Week for 2007 (Sept. 3). The forward/defender from Grover Beach, Calif., recorded five points in OSU wins over Butler and St. Louis. Arbulu notched two assists in the season-opening win over Butler and then tallied a goal and an assist on Lara Dickenmann’s game winner in the second overtime in the 3-2, victory over St. Louis.
COLLISON, DICKENMANN AND BOWYER ARE NATIONAL TEAM MEMBERS
Lisa Collison was a member Team Canada’s U-20 national team and Lara Dickenmann is a member of the Swiss National Team. In addition, Ashley Bowyer has played three games with the U.S. U-20 squad.
OHIO STATE PROGRAM HISTORY
Ohio State has had a women’s soccer program since 1993, making this season the 15th in school history. The program’s all-time record is 154-124-18.