Dec. 5, 2001
%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-Two Ohio State women’s soccer players earned spots on the 2001 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Regional Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced. Jen Miller (Jr., Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Lisa Grubb (Fr., Portage, Mich./Portage Central), both second team selections, became the first Buckeyes named to the all-region team since 1998, when Becky Borchers was so honored.%^$
%^$Miller led an impressive Buckeye backfield in 2001, playing in all 18 matches and recording a goal and two assists. She was the Big Ten’s first defensive player of the week honoree (Sept. 10) for her performance in Ohio State’s 2-1 upset of then-No. 9 Connecticut Sept. 7. The junior defender became the first OSU women’s soccer player named to the all-tournament team in program history after helping the Buckeyes to their first win in the Big Ten tournament since 1998. Ohio State defeated Purdue, 2-1, in overtime Nov. 8 and advanced to the semifinal round.%^$
%^$Grubb, the 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, led Ohio State in every offensive category this season, including goals (10), assists (5), points (25), shots (61) and game-winning goals (3). The rookie forward was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree (Sept. 3 and Oct. 29), earning her first conference award for scoring three goals in the Buckeyes’ first two regular season matches, against Wright State and Kent State. Her outstanding performance in Ohio State’s 2-1 upset of then-No. 4 Penn State Oct. 26-she scored the first goal and assisted in the gamewinner-earned her offensive player of the week honors for the second time. Most recently, Grubb capped off a phenomenal regular season when she scored the game-tying goal and assisted in the overtime gamewinner against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament.%^$
%^$The Buckeyes’ season came to an abrupt end when the field of 64 for the 2001 NCAA Championship was announced. OSU, after posting a 10-9-1 overall record and finishing fourth in the conference with a 5-4-1 record, did not earn an at-large berth into the national tournament. The Buckeyes’ final match this year was a 2-0 decision to Penn State Nov. 9 in the Big Ten tournament semifinal.