Sept. 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team enters a crucial stretch of Big Ten home contests, hosting No. 8 Penn State at 8 p.m. Thursday and Wisconsin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Thursday match against the Nittany Lions will be televised live on Big Ten Network while Sunday’s game will be streamed on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans can follow live stats on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC. Also, fans are encouraged to wear scarlet to Thursday’s game to Scarlet Out the Nittany Lions.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
After dropping a tight 1-0 decision at Illinois Friday, the Buckeyes bounced back to pick up a 2-0 win at Northwestern Sunday. Tiffany Cameron scored both goals to move her total to nine on the season. Lauren Granberg tallied a pair of assists in the win while goalkeepers Rachel Middleman and Jillian McVicker combined to record the Buckeyes’ sixth clean sheet of the season.
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 (5, 2nd), shutouts (6, 3rd) and goals-against average (0.49, 2nd).
Individually, Lauren Granberg and Michela Paradiso are tied for ninth in the Big Ten with four assists while Tiffany Cameron leads the Big Ten with six game-winning goals and is tied for third with nine goals overall. In addition, Cameron is fourth with 19 points while Rachel Middleman sits third with a 0.58 goals-against average.
On a national level, the Buckeyes are 17th with a .600 shutout percentage and eighth in goals-against average. Cameron leads the country with six game-winners and is tied for eighth with nine goals.
SOME MORE NOTES…
– The Buckeyes are 7-0-0 this season when they find the back of the net.
– Tiffany Cameron has scored at least one goal in each victory.
– The Buckeyes have allowed one goal en route to a 6-0 start this season at home at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
– Cameron or Lauren Granberg have combined to score or have an assist on 13 of the 14 Ohio State goals this season.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
No. 8 Penn State comes to Columbus with an 8-2-0 record, 3-0-0 in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions, 4th nationally in scoring offense at 3.1 goals per game, are led by Christine Nairn with nine goals and five assists. Mallory Weber has added six goals while Erin McNulty has spent most of the time in goal, posting a 1.16 goals-against average.
Ohio State trails the all-time series, 15-6-1, after Penn State defeated the Buckeyes, 3-1, last year in University Park.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
Wisconsin enters the week with a 7-3-0 record, 1-2-0 in conference action. Paige Adams leads the Badgers with four goals and two assists while Lauren Gunderson has tallied two shutouts and a 1.07 goals-against average.
Ohio State holds a slight 9-8-4 lead in the all-time series with the Badgers after taking last year’s contest, 1-0, in Madison.
CLIMBING CAREER RANKINGS
With 28 goals and 68 points in her career, Tiffany Cameron sits seventh and tied for sixth, respectively, on both Ohio State all-time lists. In addition, Lauren Granberg has moved into 15th on the career points list with 42.
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 177-123-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 190-146-27.
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 has received 12 of its 14 goals this season from north of the border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (9 goals) and Lauren Granberg (3) have led the charge on the goal. Cameron, Granberg and Danica Wu also have combined for seven of the Buckeyes’ 21 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 96-37-11 all-time.
– Ohio State is 77-20-9 since 2003 and 52-15-5 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
The Buckeyes host Purdue at 3 p.m. Oct. 7.