Oct. 19, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With its pair of victories over the weekend against Minnesota and Iowa the Ohio State women’s soccer team improved its record to 10-2-3. With a 13-match unbeaten streak, the Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa. Friday to meet No. 3 Penn State at 7 p.m. in its final Big Ten match of the season. Following the match against the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes return home to host the Loyola Ramblers at noon Sunday.

Ohio State remained unbeaten in league play with a pair of wins at Minnesota Friday and Iowa Sunday.

Ohio State scored early and often in downing the Golden Gophers and Hawkeyes. Friday, Liz Mumley netted the first of four Buckeye goals in the eighth minute of play and teammate Danielle Dietrich tied an Ohio State record, accounting for the next three scores as the Buckeyes recorded a 4-0 blanking in Minneapolis. Lisa Grubb added a pair of assists in the match, while Lara Dickenmann and Emily Gilbert each chipped in with one scoring feed.

Sunday at Iowa, Dickenmann and Grubb combined for a 2-0 lead less than nine minutes into the game. Grubb scored the first goal in the fifth minute after taking a cross from Dickenmann. Less than three minutes later, Dickenmann gathered a Grubb rebound and buried her sixth goal of the season in the eighth minute. Freshman Carla Arbulu and Keiana Mitchell added their first goals to help finish off a 4-1 win.

The Loyola game Sunday will be aired on the Ohio State University’s student radio network KBUX. Fans can access the broadcast at Live game stats also will be provided at

The Ohio State Athletic Department announced Tuesday that the match between Ohio State and Toledo Oct. 30 will be played at 7:30 p.m., in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The class of 2004 has accomplished many firsts in Ohio State women’s soccer history. With its win Sunday at Iowa, OSU reached the 10-win plateau for the fourth-straight season, a program best stretch from 2001 – the first season for the ’04 class – to 2004. The 2001 squad finished its campaign strong with a 6-2-1 run to record a 10-9-1 mark and winning ledger in the Big Ten at 5-4-1. The 2002 Big Ten Tournament champion Buckeyes again used a late-season push to reach 10 victories at 10-11-1. Last season, the 10th anniversary of the program saw Ohio State post its best record of all-time at 13-5-3.

Lara Dickenmann became the second Buckeye in the last two weeks to share league offensive player of the week accolades after tallying a goal and three assists in Ohio State’s pair of wins at Minnesota and Iowa last weekend. OSU teammate Lisa Grubb shared the award Oct. 11.

For the season, Dickenmann has 20 points on six goals and a team-leading eight assists. Her 20 points rank third on the team behind the 21 posted by both Dietrich and Grubb and currently sits in a tie for ninth all-time in a single season. Her eight assists now stand in a tie for first all-time for a single season with Lisa Suttmiller’s (1994-1997) eight in 1996.

With its two wins last weekend, Ohio State pushed its unbeaten string to 13 matches. The Buckeyes have not dropped a decision since losing 2-1 in double overtime at then-No. 3 Washington Aug. 29. The Buckeyes only other loss is a 2-1 setback in the season opener against No. 4 Portland Aug. 27 in Seattle, Wash.

During the unbeaten stretch, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 33-9 and have registered four shutouts.

After tallying wins against Minnesota and Iowa over the weekend, head coach Lori Walker now is four wins shy of 100. She currently holds a career mark of 96-86-13 in 10 seasons of coaching. Walker’s 83-63-12 record at Ohio State is the winningest in the Buckeyes’ 11 years of soccer.

Prior to Ohio State Walker served as the head coach at the University of Kansas from 1995-1996.

Prior to 2004, 10 Buckeyes had scored 20 points or more in a single season and on just one occasion did two or more players reach 20 points in the same season (1997 – Tiffany Tisdale-21, Jodie Stranges-20). Through 15 matches, the 2004 Buckeyes have set a scoring standard as Danielle Dietrich (21), Lisa Grubb (21) and Lara Dickenmann (20) each have reached the 20-point peak with sites set on the record 29-point season turned in by Lisa Suttmiller in 1994.

The 20-point season is the second for Grubb, who reached the mark as a freshman with 25 points in 2001. The 25-point season is tied for second all-time behind Suttmiller in 1994.

The Buckeye defense has been remarkable this season, allowing just 11 goals through 15 matches for a GAA of 0.73. Over the last 13 games, the Buckeyes have only allowed seven goals, blanking six opponents – LSU, Louisville, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota – while holding Virginia Tech, Xavier, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Northwestern and Iowa to just a goal each.

The Buckeyes hold a decided edge when it comes to shots this season. Currently, Ohio State has fired 324 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who have 146. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly have tripled their opponents’ output with a advantage of 154-56.

In 2003, Ohio State fired 317 shots to their opponents 240. The 2002 season saw the Buckeyes attempt the second-most shots all-time in a season with 350 to their opponents’ 233. In 2001, Ohio State registered 273 shots vs. 245 for their opponents.

Ohio State also touts a decided edge in corner kicks with a 91-51 advantage.

Ohio State has outscored Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa by an 11-1 count over its last three matches. Fueling that decided margin has been the Buckeyes ability to strike early and often. In each of the three matches, Ohio State has combined a pair of goals within a 10-minute time frame. Against the Illini, Lara Dickenmann put the Buckeyes ahead in the 21st minute, only to be followed less than eight minutes later by a score from Lisa Grubb in minute 29.

At Minnesota, Ohio State used just a shade more than seven minutes to post a 1-0 lead on a goal by Liz Mumley. In the 18th minute, Danielle Dietrich netted the first of her three goals against the Gophers. At Iowa Sunday, the Buckeyes needed just 7:24 to run off the clock to own a 2-0 advantage over the Hawkeyes as Grubb and Dickenmann combined for both scores, with each assisting on one another’s goal.

For the season, Ohio State owns a 37-11 advantage in goals. Included in that figure is an 20-6 margin in goals scored in the second half of matches, which has served as a major contribution to the 13-match unbeaten string.

The Buckeyes, at 6-0-3 in league play, join Penn State, which is 9-0 in conference, as the only unbeatens through five weeks of Big Ten action. Ohio State sits in second place with 21 points and a winning percentage of .767, while Penn State has 21 points at the top of the Big Ten.

Several Buckeyes have climbed up the all-time charts in the early going this season. Junior Lisa Grubb now holds sole possession of fourth place in career goals with 27 after her eight so far this season. Danielle Dietrich has already established a career-best in goals this season with eight and has pushed her career total to 13, which is good for eighth place all-time.

Senior Paige Harrison has two assists this season, upping her career mark to 12, which places her at No. 5 all-time as well. Grubb’s 14 career assists is fourth best among the career leaders. Liz Mumley also continues to ascend in the all-time assists category as she now has 11 for her career, which ties for fifth in Buckeye annals.

In total points, Grubb now owns 68 to be tied for second all-time, while Colleen Hoban now is seventh at 46 points. Mumley also has moved up to ninth in Buckeye annals in scoring with 29 career points.

Grubb also sits among the OSU all-time leaders in shots with 209, which places second. Dietrich joins Grubb in the Top 10 with 137 for seventh place. Heather Miller is 11th all-time with 83 shots.

Penn State enters this weekend’s contest 13-1-1 overall, 9-0 in the Big Ten and No. 3 in the nation. Penn State claimed its seventh consecutive Big Ten regular season title with its 8-0 victory over Iowa Friday and 2-0 victory Sunday over Minnesoa this past weekend.

The Nittany Lions feature one of the Big Ten’s best in junior forward Tiffany Weimer. Weimer has 18 goals on the season and has tallied at least one goal in each of Penn State’s nine Big Ten contests. Weimer is averaging 1.28 goals per game and has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week five times.

The goalkeeper for Penn State is junior Erin McCleod. McCleod has a conference best 0.23 GAA with 32 saves, eight shutouts and a 12-0-1 record. McCleod also has logged over 1,186 minutes on the season.

The head coach for Penn State is Paula Wilkins. Wilkins is in her fourth year as head coach and has a career record of 72-12-3.

Ohio State is 3-9 against Penn State going into the weekend. At home the Buckeyes hold a 3-2 record and are 0-6 in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions hold a 1-0 record against the Buckeyes on neutral turf.

Ohio State faced Penn State Oct. 24, 2003 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium falling 1-0 after allowing a goal in the 86th minute of play.

Ohio State held the Nittany Lion offense scoreless in the first half despite allowing 13 shots, seven of which were aimed at the OSU net. The Buckeyes fended off the next nine PSU shots before Nittany Lion forward Joanna Lohman connected from 6 yards, boosting Penn State to a 1-0 advantage. Lohman received a corner kick from Heidi Drummond and fired a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that glanced off the crossbar and fell into the OSU net. The corner kick followed a spectacular blocked shot by Erica Nollen as she deflected a Penn State threat past the end line.

After defeating Wright State 1-0 Sunday and falling to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3-0, Friday, Loyola is 6-6-2 on the season.

Leading the way for the Ramblers is freshman forward Stephanie Pauli. Pauli has tallied 11 points in the season with five goals and one assist.

Goalkeeping duties belong to sophomore Emily Peick. Peick is 3-5-1 on the season with a 1.12 GAA, 51 saves and four shutouts.

Brendan Eitz is in 10th season as head coach for the Ramblers. Eitz has a career of 63-119-10.

The Buckeyes and Ramblers have met only once with Ohio State claiming a 4-0 victory on Oct. 27, 2003 in Chicago.

Ohio State blanked Loyola by a 4-0 count Oct. 27, 2003 in Chicago, Ill.

Ohio State struck first in at the 28:30 mark of the first half when Colleen Hoban fired a scoring shot from between the 6-yard and 18-yard boxes from just to the left of the Loyola net.

Liz Mumley added to the OSU attack just a shade more than 16 minutes later as she advanced into the Rambler zone and blasted a shot from just outside the 18-yard box for an unassisted goal to put OSU on top 2-0 heading into halftime.

The Buckeyes wasted no time continuing the onslaught in the second half as Jen Heaney stepped into the frontline and attacked the Loyola goal, where she fired her first shot of the season, but was turned away by the Loyola defense. Sophomore Nicole Braman collected the rebound and redirected the ball into the Loyola net at the 40:09 mark of the second half.

Ohio State owns a 46-56-11 record against Big Ten squads. The Buckeyes also have appeared in the Big Ten Tournament nine times and carry a 6-8 record in those contests. The Buckeyes won the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship.

No.3 Penn State will serve as Ohio State’s sixth ranked opponent and second Top 5 foe this year.

Ohio State is 1-2-2 so far this season against ranked opponents. The Buckeyes dropped a pair of games to No. 7 Washington and No. 4 Portland to start the season. OSU’s lone victory against a Top 25 squad came Oct. 11, in a 3-0 victory over then No. 11 Illinois.

Currently, Ohio State’s schedule features five ranked opponents and three teams in the Top 10.

For the season, Ohio State boasts an impressive 0.73 goals allowed average. Behind that figure are a pair of keepers – Emily Haynam and Jen Heaney – who have allowed less than 0.70 goals per contest. In 12 matches, Haynam owns a 0.59 GAA, while Heaney has a 0.74 GAA in six contests. Haynam, 7-1-2 on the season, is credited with three of Ohio State’s six shutouts this season, with Heaney, 3-1-1 this year, accounting for one.

In its 10 wins this season, Ohio State has had five separate players account for the match-winning score. Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb lead the Buckeyes with three game-winners, followed by Danielle Dietrich, Heather Miller , Melissa Miller and Liz Mumley, who each have registered one game-winning goal. Grubb’s three game-winners came at home in triumphs over Xavier Sept. 2, LSU Sept. 10 and this past Friday against Northwestern. Dickenmann scored hers against Virginia Tech, Sept. 12 and Iowa last Sunday. Dietrich recorded her score at Louisville Sept. 4. The “Millers” have match-winners against Purdue Sept. 24 – Heather on a penalty kick – and at Michigan State Oct. 1 – Melissa via overtime corner kick.

Lara Dickenmann, a native a Kreins, Switzerland, has made quite an impact in her initial season, scoring 20 points on six goals and eight assists. In fact, her eight scoring feeds tie the all-time mark for assists in a season at Ohio State. Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97) shares that ranking with eight assists in 1996.

With the wins over Minnesota and Iowa, the Buckeyes improved to 7-0 when leading at the break. Ohio State also has won 8-of-9 matches when scoring the first goal of the contest. The Buckeyes’ only loss when scoring first was in the season opener vs. 2002 NCAA Champion Portland, which turned out to be a 2-1 loss in Seattle, Wash.

The Buckeyes also have a pair of come-from-behind victories this season, coming in the last two weeks at Michigan State and vs. Northwestern last Friday.

Ohio State is ranked as one of the top teams statistically in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State is ranked first in total shots with 324, shots per game with 21.60, points (112), points per game (7.47), goals (37) and goals per game (2.47). The Buckeyes also are first in assists with 38 and assists per game with 2.53.

Defensively, the Buckeyes are second in both goals allowed with 11 and goals per game (0.73). Ohio State’s six shutouts is ranked third best in the conference.

Four Buckeyes are rated in the Top 10 of the Big Ten Statistical categories this week. Lara Dickenmann is ranked ranked first in assists (8) and assists per game (0.62). She is second in shots per game with 5.31 and third in total shots with 69, points per game (1.54) and game-winning goals with 3. Dickenmann’s six goals are good for fourth while her 20 points are rated seventh.

Lisa Grubb ranks third in game-winning goals with three and fourth in total goals (8), shots per game (4.00) and goals per game (0.53). Grubb also is fourth in points with 21, while her 1.40 points per game is fifth.

Danielle Dietrich also is ranked among the Big Ten’s best. The junior is tied with Grubb in points (21), goals (8) and goals per game (0.53). Dietrich’s 1.40 points per game also is tied with Grubb for fifth in the conference, while her 57 shots are ranked sixth. Dietrich is seventh in the conference assists with five.

Goalkeeper Emily Haynam’s GAA of 0.59 is second best in the conference. She also is seventh in total shutouts with three and 10th in both saves with 32 and saves per game with 2.67

Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Sunday marked her 78th straight start in the game against Iowa. Nollen started all 20 matches in her freshman year and has not missed a contest since.

Lisa Grubb was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten office Oct. 11. Grubb accounted for three goals and an assist to help the Buckeyes extended their unbeaten stretch to 11 matches with wins over Northwestern and Illinois. She shared the honor with Tiffany Weimer of Penn State, who also led the Nittany Lions to victories over the Wildcats and Illini.

With its 2-1 victory against Northwestern Oct. 8, Ohio State has played in 21 matches decided by a margin of one goal since 2001 and carries a 14-7 mark in those contests. The Buckeyes have excelled in close matches the last three seasons as OSU posted a 4-2 record in 2002 and a 6-3 ledger in 2003.

Ohio State’s highest ranked recruiting class – rated in the Top 10 by many publications – is making its presence felt this season. Lara Dickenmann, rated the No. 1 field player in the country, has started 13 games, tallied six goals and eight assists for 20 points. Keiana Mitchell and Carla Arbulu have posted points as well. Arbulu has four assists and one goal while Mitchell has tallied one goal and one assist.

Heather Young scored OSU’s first goal of the year in a 2-1 loss to No.6 Portland Aug, 27.

Lindsay Mays and Amanda Ball also have seen their share of playing time, Mays has played in five games while Ball has played in two.

Lori Walker assisted NBC in covering the 2004 Olympic Games Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Walker, who served the last three seasons as an analyst for the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), provided color commentary for women’s soccer, including the victorious United States gold medal match.

The Ohio State women’s soccer team participated in the eighth annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament (KABC) April 4, 2004 in Germantown, Md. The Buckeyes set a record for the largest charitable collegiate contribution received by KABC with over $13,000, smashing the previous mark of $8,000. In its eight years, the event has raised over $275,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia, Md.

Ohio State concludes its 2004 regular season with a pair of home matches against Kent State at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 vs. Toledo.