Oct. 12, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With its two victories over the weekend against Northwestern and No. 24 Illinois the No. 16 Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-2-3, 4-0-3 Big Ten) increased its unbeaten streak to 11 matches. The Buckeyes now look to raise their current string and stay undefeated in Big Ten play as they travel to meet Minnesota at 7:00 (CDT) p.m., Friday and Iowa at 1 (CDT) p.m., Sunday.

The Buckeyes remained unbeaten in their last 11 matches with a pair of wins over Northwestern and Illinois at home this weekend. Friday, the Buckeyes dropped the Wildcats, 2-1, in the 94th minute on Lisa Grubb’s second goal of the contest. Grubb helped the Buckeyes score a decisive, 3-0 win over No. 11 Illinois Sunday as well, scoring a goal and assisting on another. Lara Dickenmann accounted for the match-winning score in the 21st minute and also helped on Grubb’s third score of the weekend in the 29th minute. Liz Mumley sealed the win in the 89th minute with her third goal of the season.

The wins upped Ohio State’s record to 6-0-1 at home as the Buckeyes remained undefeated in conference action.

Lisa Grubb was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten office Monday. Grubb accounted for three goals and an assist this weekend 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 two wins last weekend, Ohio State pushed its unbeaten string to 11 matches. The Buckeyes have not dropped a decision since losing 2-1 in double overtime at No. 3/4 Washington Aug. 29. The Buckeyes only other loss is a, 2-1, setback in the season opener against No. 6 Portland Aug. 27 in Seattle, Wash.

During the unbeaten stretch, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 26-6 and have registered four shutouts.

Their is a tight race at the top of the Ohio State offensive statistics with three Buckeyes with at least 15 points this season. Lisa Grubb currently is the team leader with 16 points and seven goals. Lara Dickenmann and Danielle Dietrich follow closely with 15 points and share the team lead with five assists.

Overall, 14 Buckeyes have scored at least one point with Megan Stickler the newest to join the scoring column with an assist Sunday vs. Illinois. Nine different Buckeyes have at least one goal this season.

The Buckeye defense has been remarkable this season, allowing just 10 goals through 13 matches for a GAA of 0.72. Over the last 11 games, the Buckeyes have only allowed six goals, blanking five opponents – LSU, Louisville, Wisconsin, Purdue and Illinois – while holding Virginia Tech, Xavier, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan and Northwestern to just a goal each.

The Buckeyes hold a decided edge when it comes to shots this season. Currently, Ohio State has fired 275 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who have 131. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly have tripled their opponents’ output with a advantage of 132-49.

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 68-40 advantage.

For the season, Ohio State owns a 29-10 advantage in goals. Included in that figure is an 18-5 margin in goals scored in the second half of matches, which has served as a major contribution to the 11-match unbeaten string.

For the season, Ohio State boast an impressive 0.72 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 10 matches, Haynam owns a 0.67 GAA, while Heaney has a 0.65 GAA in six contests. Haynam, 5-1-2 on the season, is credited with three of Ohio State’s five shutouts this season, with Heaney, 3-1-1 this year, accounting for one.

The Buckeyes at 4-0-3 in league play join Penn State, which is 7-0 in conference, as the only unbeatens through four weeks of Big Ten action. Ohio State sits in third place with 15 points and a winning percentage of .786, while Penn State has 21 points at the top of the Big Ten.

Michigan, which OSU tied 1-1 Oct. 3 is 6-1-1 and in second place.

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 26 after her seven so far this season. Danielle Dietrich has already established a career-best in goals this season with five and has pushed her career total to 10, which is good for ninth 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. 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. Grubb’s 10 career assists ties for sixth.

In total points, Grubb now owns 56 to take fifth all-time, while Colleen Hoban now is seventh at 46 points. Mumley also has moved into the Top 10 in scoring with 27 career points.

Grubb also sits among the OSU all-time leaders in shots with 192, which places fourth. Dietrich joins Grubb in the Top 10 with 119 for 10th place. Heather Miller is 12th all-time with 84 shots.

After scoring two victories over Wisconsin Green-Bay and Wisconsin over the weekend, Minnesota is 5-8 on the year and 1-6 in the Big Ten.

Leading the way for the Gophers is junior forward Kaitlin Neary and sophomore Haley Lentsch. Both Lentsch and Neary are tied for the lead in total points with seven. Both have three goals and one assist on the season.

The goalkeeper for the Gophers is junior Molly Scheinder. Scheinder has logged 1,189:56 minutes and posted a 5-8 record. She has a GAA of 1.36 and four shutouts.

The head coach for Minnesota is Mikki Denney Wright. This is Wright’s first season with the Gophers.

Ohio State is 4-8-1 against Minnesota going into the weekend. At home the Buckeyes hold a 2-2-1 record and are 2-4 in Minnesota. The Gophers hold a 2-0 record against the Buckeyes on neutral turf.

Ohio State needed overtime to edge Minnesota 1-0 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Oct. 19, 2003.

The game-winning goal came off the foot of Kathy Fulk in the 96th minute as she received a pass from Colleen Hoban from the right side and deposited the lone goal of the match into the center of the Minnesota net from five yards out. Sophomore Danielle Dietrich assisted on the play.

Iowa is 0-10-2 on the season after falling twice over the weekend, first to Loyola on Friday and Wisconsin on Sunday. Iowa also is 0-6-1 in the Big Ten.

Iowa is led by sophomore forward Lindsay Phillips. On the year Phillips has five points with two goals and one assist. Phillips also has taken 10 shots, four of which on goal.

Goalkeeping duties belong to Britta Vogele. Vogela is 0-9-2 on the year with 90 saves, a 1.76 GAA and has logged over 1,075 minutes.

Carla Baker is in her third year as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Since her arrival in 2002, Baker has tallied 15-29-4 career record.

The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes have met seven times with both teams holding a 3-3-1 record. Ohio State has the series lead in Columbus with a 2-1-1 record, while the Hawkeyes hold a two games to one edge in Iowa City.

Ohio State failed to hold onto a late one-goal advantage, as the Buckeyes settled for a 1-1 tie against Iowa Sept. 19, 2003, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Buckeyes out shot Iowa, as OSU held a 19-14 edge in strikes, which included an 8-4 ledger in a first half dominated by the Ohio State attack. Paige Harrison and Colleen Hoban, hooked up for the Buckeyes’ lone goal as Harrison fired a corner kick from the right side that Hoban collected and deposited into the left side of the net in the 24th minute.

Ohio State carried the one-goal advantage deep into the second half, as the Buckeyes controlled play with a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks. However, the lead failed to hold true as Hawkeye forward Katelyn Quinn escaped on a breakaway past the OSU backline and beat an extended Ohio State goalkeeper Emily Haynam to knot the score at 1-1 in the 88th minute of play.

Ohio State owns a 44-56-11 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.

Illinois, ranked 11th last week, served as Ohio State’s fifth ranked foe in 12 matches this season.

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.

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

Ohio State has extended to extra sessions in four of its last five games, gaining two wins and two ties. For the season, the Buckeyes have played past 90 minutes in six matches with a 2-1-3 record.

In its eight wins this season, Ohio State has had five separate players account for the match-winning score. Lisa Grubb leads the Buckeyes with three game-winners, while Lara Dickenmann, Danielle Dietrich, Heather Miller and Melissa Miller 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. 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. Dickenmann, who netted the tying goal at Michigan Oct. 3, scored the winner against Virginia Tech at JOMS Sept. 12.

With the win Sunday over Illinois, when Ohio State owned a 2-0 edge at halftime, the Buckeyes improved to 5-0 when leading at the break. Ohio State also has won 6-of-7 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 275 and in shots per game with 21.15. The Buckeyes’ 2.23 goals per game is ranked second in the league and their 86 total points is third best among Big Ten teams. Ohio State also is third in assists per game (2.00), total goals (29), total assists (28) and corner kicks with 84.

Defensively the Buckeyes’ 0.72 team GAA is second in the conference.

Four Buckeyes are rated in the Top 10 of the Big Ten Statistical categories this week. Lara Dickenmann is ranked first in shots per game with 5.27 and third in total shots with 58. Dickenmann also is fourth in both points per game with 1.36 and assists per game with 0.45. Lisa Grubb ranks third in game-winning goals with three and fifth in both total goals (7) and shots per game with an average of 4.00. Grubb’s 16 points are good for sixth in the conference while her 1.23 points per game are ranked seventh. Danielle Dietrich also is ranked among the Big Ten’s best. The junior is rated sixth in total shots with 49, eighth in points per game (1.15), ninth in points (15) and 10th in goals (5)

Goalkeeper Emily Haynam’s GAA of 0.67 is second best in the conference. She also is seventh in total shutouts with three and 10th in saves with 29.

Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen has started every match of her career. Sunday marked her 76th straight start in the game against Illinois. Nollen started all 20 matches in her freshman year and has not missed a contest since.

With its 2-1 victory against Northwestern on Friday, Ohio State has now 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 11 games, tallied five goals and five assists for 15 points. Keiana Mitchell and Carla Arbulu have posted points as well. Arbulu has four assists while Mitchell has tallied one.

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 will travel to State College, Pa., meet the Penn State Nittany Lions at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 and then return home to host the Loyola Ramblers at noon, Oct. 24 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.