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Oct. 5, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team (4-5-2; 1-3-0 Big Ten) will continue its homestand at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium when it faces Indiana (5-6-1; 1-3-0 Big Ten) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Purdue (7-5-0; 3-1-0 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

RADIO AND GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE
Live stats via GameTracker will be available for all Ohio State home games and selected away matches at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. In addition, The Underground, OSU’s student radio station, will broadcast the Buckeyes’ match vs. Purdue Sunday. The Underground’s call can be heard live at underground.fm.

BREAK THE RECORD
Ohio State will try to set the national collegiate women’s soccer home attendance record during its match vs. Penn State Oct. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The “Break the Record” campaign aims to surpass the current national home attendance mark of 6,527 set during the North Carolina at Navy contest Sept. 26, 2003. The game, which will be played at 7 p.m., will air on CSTV Monday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 6 are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more can purchase $2 tickets in advance by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS or by visiting ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The match also is Ohio State Alumni Night. OSU Alumni can purchase tickets for $2 with a valid Alumni Association membership card. In addition, $2 tickets are available for all fans who show their Ohio State vs. Michigan State football ticket at the gate. The football Buckeyes and Spartans meet the following day for Ohio State’s homecoming.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium set an OSU women’s soccer attendance record of 3,006 when the Buckeyes played host to North Carolina Nov. 3, 2001.

Ohio State, which topped the Nittany Lions, 2-0, to capture the 2004 Big Ten Tournament title at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, will play host to Penn State for the third time in four meetings between the schools since 2003.

DEPENDABLE DEFENDER
Defender Melissa Miller is the only current Buckeye to start every game since 2003. Miller started all 21 matches following her medical redshirt season in 2002 and last year, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native was in the starting lineup for 26-consecutive games. Miller has not let up in 2005, receiving the starting nod in Ohio State’s 11 matches played thus far.

Co-captain Emily Francis has started 56 of 58 games in her two-year career at Ohio State. In 2005, Francis has started 10 of 11 matches.

DOUBLE DIPPING
Lisa Collison’s two-goal game vs. Iowa is the first of her collegiate career. Sophomore Lara Dickenmann was the last OSU freshman to tally two goals in a match, recording a pair of scores in the 2-0 shutout against Purdue last season and notching both goals in Ohio State’s 2-0 Big Ten Tournament win over Penn State in 2004.

NATIONAL PRESS
Lisa Collison was named to the Top Drawer National Team of the week. The honor comes after Collison tallied a three-goal weekend vs. Illinois and Iowa Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

NEW ADDITIONS
Ohio State added two junior walk-ons to the 2005 squad. Becky Hock and Michelle Markus joined the Buckeyes after compiling experience on the Kolping BenGals ODP team. Hock and Markus were a part of a BenGals squad that won several state cup and regional championships.

Recently, Hock played in the center midfield for the OSU club team between 2002-2004 and Markus was a member of the Buckeye varsity rowing team in 2002.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Ohio State has a 24-2-3 mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium dating back to 2003. The Buckeyes tied Kentucky, 1-1, Sept. 11 and fell to Illinois 2-1 in double overtime Sept. 30. Ohio State answered the loss with a 3-0 shutout against Iowa Sunday. The Buckeyes’ winning percentage in Columbus stands at .664. So far, Ohio State has played 122 home contests and has compiled 77 wins and eight ties.

SECOND SURGE
Ohio State has tallied a second half surge in its goals, shots and corner kicks output this season. The Buckeyes have registered six additional goals in the second half, scoring five in the first stanza and 11 in the second. The Scarlet and Gray added 22 more shots in the second half (68-90) and increased their corner kicks (18-30).

ROOKIE CAMPAIGNS
Lisa Collison scored her team leading seventh, eighth and ninth goals vs. Illinois and Iowa. Collison leads the Buckeyes in seven offensive categories. In addition to leading the squad in goals, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native heads the team in points (19), shots (42), shot percentage (.214), shots on goal (23) and shots on goal percentage (.548).

Caitlin Colfer is a top of the assist category, having tallied four. Colfer’s last assist came against Iowa on a Collison goal vs. Iowa.

HELPING HAND
Ohio State tallied two or more assists for the fifth time this season vs. Iowa. Keiana Mitchell and Caitlin Colfer were credited with assists against the Hawkeyes after Colfer recorded the Buckeyes’ fourth two-plus assist match vs. Northeastern Sept. 17. Ohio State gathered its second and third double assist game against Xavier (Lara Dickenmann tallied two) and Cincinnati (Melissa Miller and Emily Francis).

The Buckeyes opened their 2005 campaign with three assists vs. Kent State (Colfer, Dietrich and Arbulu).

TRIPLE THREAT
Three different Buckeyes have received the starting job at goalkeeper. Staci Sinkway (Furman, Kentucky, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois and Iowa) has received the starting nod for seven matches and Shannon Neely (Kent State, Xavier and Cincinnati) has started three. Courtney Cripps made her first collegiate start in the net vs. Northeastern.

Sinkway, who has compiled the most time at goalkeeper (775:37) for a 2-5-2 record, has 49 stops and yielded 11 goals. In 135 minutes of action, Neely has tallied seven saves and has allowed two goals. Cripps has given up one goal and has registered eight saves in 138:21 minutes for a 2-0 record.

EMBARKING UPON A MILESTONE
Head coach Lori Walker is just four games shy of eclipsing the OSU 100-win mark. Walker came to Ohio State in 1997 and in her first season at the helm, the North Carolina alum helped the Buckeyes compile a 9-9-1 mark. Since then, Walker has led Ohio State to above .500 records in five of the last seven seasons. Previously, Walker was the head coach of the Kansas JayHawks. While leading the KU program, Walker tallied a record of 13-23-0 and her career mark currently stands at 109-93-15.

Lori Walker’s OSU Season Records Overall Big Ten 1997 – 9-9-1 3-5-0 1998 – 13-8-1 3-5-1 1999 – 12-6-2 5-4-1 2000 – 6-13-0 1-9-0 2001 – 10-9-1 5-4-1 2002 – 10-11-1 4-5-1 2003 – 13-5-3 4-3-3 2004 – 19-4-3 6-1-3

BUCKEYES VS. BIG TEN
The Buckeyes continue their Big Ten schedule when they welcome Indiana at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Purdue at 1 p.m. Sunday. In 12 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a Big Ten mark of 48-57-11. Last season’s Big Ten tournament champions, Ohio State has finished the conference season above .500 five times, including a program-best 6-1-2 record in 2004.

CONFERENCE STATUS
Lisa Collison is second in the Big Ten in four different categories: goals (9), goals per game (0.82), points (19) and points per game (1.73). Collison also is fifth in the league in shots and shots per game, tallying 42 and averaging 3.82 a game. OSU goalkeeper, Staci Sinkway is third in the conference in saves, compiling 49 and is fourth in saves per game (4.90).

In conference games only, Ohio State is ranked in the Top 5 in five categories. The Buckeyes are second in the conference in saves with 25 in four games and are fourth in points and goals, recording 16 and 6, respectively. Ohio State rounds out the Top 5 in shots (62) and goals per game (1.50).

In league contests, Collison is tied for second in the conference in goals (4) and goals per game (1.00). Second in shots per game with an average of 5.00, Collison also is a top of the shots chart with 20. The freshman midfielder also is the top Buckeye in points and points per game, tallying eight and 2.00, respectively. Goalkeeper Staci Sinkway is tied for second in saves and saves per game in conference matches, compiling 24 for an average of six stops per game.

2005 TEAM CAPTAINS
Lisa Grubb and Emily Francis were named the 2005 team captains by their teammates. Grubb, who is out for the season because of an injury, was a 2004 NSCAA and SoccerBuzz.com Great Lakes Regional All-American and a All-Big Ten Second Team recipient.

Playing in the backfield, Francis has started 10 matches and has tallied one assist in 2005.

A LOOK AT INDIANA
Indiana is entering its match vs. Ohio State with a 5-6-1 overall record and a Big Ten ledger of 1-3. Leading the Hoosiers is Mick Lyon and so far in 2005, Lyon has coached seven different IU scorers, including Hoosier leader Kristen Zmijewski. The senior midfielder, along with Kristin Radcliffe, were a part of an IU offense that recorded two goals in its 2-1 win over then-No. 22 Michigan. Splitting time in the net for Indiana is Lauren Fabbro and Stacey Van Boxmeer. Fabbro owns a 4-1-0 record, yielding four goals and making 21 stops. Van Boxmeer, who has allowed 14 goals and has made 31 saves, owns a mark of 1-5-1.

BUCKEYES VS. HOOSIERS
The Buckeyes trail the Hoosiers 3-9-2 in the all-time series record. Last season, Ohio State tied Indiana, 1-1, in double overtime in Columbus, Ohio. The Scarlet and Gray tallied its last win over the Hoosiers in 1998 at the Big Ten Tournament in University Park, Pa.

A LOOK AT PURDUE
Purdue has won six of its last seven games, which included Big Ten wins over Minnesota (2-1), Michigan State (5-1) and then-No. 22 Michigan (1-0). The Boilermakers’ lone loss in the conference was from a 3-2 overtime decision to No. 2 Penn State.

Head coach for Purdue is Robert Klatte. In his seventh year at the helm, Klatte has guided six Boilermakers to multiple goal seasons. Jessica Okoroafo and Lauren Sesselmann lead the squad with seven and six, respectively. Lauren Mason is the keeper for Purdue and in 12 matches she has allowed 14 goals and has made 47 saves.

BUCKEYES VS. BOILERMAKERS
Ohio State holds an all-time series lead of 8-1-1 vs. Purdue, including four-consecutive wins dating back to 2002. The Buckeyes and Boilermakers last met in the Big Ten Tournament in 2004, where the Buckeyes notched a 2-0 victory.

VS. THE HOOSIER STATE
Ohio State owns a 20-15-3 mark vs. teams from the state of Indiana. The Scarlet and Gray lead the all-time series record against Butler (1-0), Evansville (2-0), Indiana State (1-0), Purdue (8-1-1) and Valparaiso (5-0).

The Buckeyes trail Indiana (1-0) and Notre Dame (0-5).

ILLINOIS GAME
Ohio State dropped a 2-1 double overtime contest to Illinois Sept. 30 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Lisa Collison recorded her team leading seventh goal for the Buckeyes.

Although Ohio State was outshot 12-5 in the first half, the Buckeyes had several opportunities to take the lead, including a Collison breakaway at 29:40 that caused Illinois goalkeeper Lindsey Carstens to come out of the six-yard box. Collison fired the shot toward the goal, but Carstens was able to register the block. Staci Sinkway, who received her third-consecutive start for Ohio State tallied three saves to Carstens’ two at the end of the half.

The Buckeyes missed a scoring opportunity at the 57:32 mark in the second half when a shot by Collison just cleared the crossbar. However, Collison turned another shot attempt into a score after Danielle Dietrich found the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native near the 18-yard box. Collison drew Carstens out of the goalkeeper box and knocked in a slow roller just over the goal line. Illinois answered with the tying score at 76:38 when Eva Strickland headed a shot from the left side of the 18 yard line. With the score even at 1-1 at the end of regulation, the Buckeyes and Fighting Illini were forced into overtime.

Neither team was able to score the golden goal in the first overtime. With time winding down in the extra period, the game went into a second overtime, where Illinois’ Charlotte Cooke shot a ball that rolled into the right corner of the OSU goal with a little more than one minute (1:02) remaining in the match.

For the game, Ohio State had 14 shots compared to Illinois’ 23. Sinkway ended the night with nine saves to Carstens’ four and the Fighting Illini held the corner kicks advantage, 6-1.

IOWA GAME
Ohio State shut out Iowa, 3-0, Oct. 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Lisa Collison scored her eighth and ninth goal for her first two-goal collegiate match. Lara Dickenmann added a third score to help give the Buckeyes their first shutout of the season since defeating Kent State, 3-0, Aug. 28.

The Buckeyes scored early in the second half, taking the 1-0 lead at 46:23 when Collison received a Caitlin Colfer cross from the left side of the 18-yard box. Seven minutes later (53:51), defender Keiana Mitchell guided Collison to the top of the box, where she fired a shot past the Iowa goalkeeper. Dickenmann, who scored her second goal of the season, rounded out the Buckeye scoring at the 57:38 mark when she sent a sailing shot into the corner of the net from beyond the right side of the 18-yard spot.

Although the Buckeyes were unable to get on the board in the first half, Ohio State came close to taking the lead 23:38 minutes into the match before the goal was disallowed because of an offside. Collison nearly recorded her eighth goal of the season when Carleta Arbulu fed her a shot in the 18-yard box that was kicked into the lower right corner of the net. With Ohio State controlling the offensive pace, the Buckeyes held the shots advantage, 12-2, at the break.

For the game, Ohio State out shot Iowa, 27-3, and had five corner kicks to the Hawkeyes’ two. Courtney Cripps and Staci Sinkway split time in the net, recording one save a piece, while Iowa goalkeeper Erin MacIsaac made seven stops.

INJURY UPDATE
Seniors Lisa Grubb and Megan Stickler will not return for the 2005 season because of injury. Grubb, a native of Portage, Mich., was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her lumbar spine. Stickler, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, suffered a fibular fracture and had surgery to repair it.

M.A.C. HERMANN CUP WATCH LIST
Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller are on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy watch list. The honor, awarded to the top female student-athlete who represents the highest level of individual achievement in collegiate soccer, will be presented by the Missouri Athletic Club Jan. 6, 2006 in St. Louis.

The 25-player watch list will be narrowed down to 15 semifinalists by representatives from each Division I conference in early November and three finalists will be announced in December by Division I coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR
A postgame autograph session will take place after all home contests and fans have a chance to win a team autographed jersey in a season-long register to win contest.

The Indiana match is Ohio State faculty and staff appreciation night. Faculty and staff with a valid BuckID can purchase tickets for $2. In addition, the game will feature Columbus Metropolitan Library Card night. Tickets priced at $2 are available for library cardholders.

Ohio State’s contest vs. Purdue is Girl Scout and Family Four Pack Day. Members of the Girl Scouts who wear their uniform can purchase tickets for $2. For $26, a Family Four Pack consisting of four tickets, four hot dogs, four drinks and four popcorns can be purchased. Following the game, children in the eighth grade and under can participate in a soccer kick on the field.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes conclude their five-game homestand at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium vs. Penn State at 7 p.m. Oct. 14. The contest, to be televised on CSTV, is a re-match of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament championship game played in Columbus, Ohio, at JOMS. Ohio State defeated Penn State, 2-0, to capture the conference tournament title.

Ohio State then will meet Minnesota at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 in Minneapolis, Minn.