Aug. 30, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 18th-ranked Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to West Virginia for a 7 p.m. match against the 25th-ranked Mountaineers Thursday before returning home to host top-ranked North Carolina at 6 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes fell 1-0 at Missouri Friday before bouncing back to top Wright State Sunday evening in Columbus.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked 18th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and 16th by Top Drawer Soccer.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 15th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to six NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller is in his fourth season as associate head coach and 11th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2011 season marks the fourth campaign for assistant coach Glen Tourville; former team manager Spencer Bownas serves as a volunteer coach this season.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
The West Virginia Mountaineers (2-2) have already faced one Big Ten foe, losing to Penn State by a score of 5-0. Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and West Virginia are coming off a groundbreaking season, winning their second Big East conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16. The team is led in scoring by Mallory Smith and Drea Barklage, each of whom have a goal and an assist this season. Ohio State is tied with West Virginia in the all-time series 3-3-1.
The Mountaineers are ranked 24th this week by Top Drawer Soccer and 25th in the NSCAA poll.
SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
The Tar Heels are undefeated this season (3-0) and have two players on the Hermann Trophy watch list in midfielder Crystal Dunn and forward Kealia Ohai. The UNC offense led the nation last year with 3.04 goals per game. The Tar Heels defeated Notre Dame in overtime 2-1, and also have wins over Nebraska (2-1) and Houston (6-1).
Ohio State coach Lori Walker was a three-year letterwinner in goal for North Carolina from 1989-91. Ohio State is 0-3 all time vs. North Carolina.
The Tar Heels are ranked first in the nation this week in the NSCAA poll and by Soccer America, and second this week by Top Drawer Soccer.
Scoliere will be a captain for the second consecutive season after appearing in 61 games, making 34 starts, over her first three seasons. The Dublin, Ohio, native has primarily been an outside back for the Buckeyes but has been able to move up and provide an offensive spark because of her speed and work rate. She is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Sullivan, from Powell, Ohio, played in all 24 games as an outside back as a junior last season, scoring a pair of goals and adding five assists. A quick and talented defender who can also move up to the midfield, Sullivan scored her first career goal, a game-winner, last season in a 2-0 win over Pitt. Sullivan is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Granberg, from Edmonton, Alberta, was third on the team in scoring last season, tallying four goals and five assists while appearing in all 24 games. She is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
A “NEW” HOME FIELD
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is sporting a new playing surface this season. Now a 100% Kentucky Bluegrass surface, the sod from the Tuckahoe Sod Farm was put down in July after work to the drainage, sprinkler and conduit systems underneath.
Some more “stats” about the home of the Buckeyes:
– The home team is 86-33-11 all-time.
– Ohio State is 67-16-9 since 2003 and 42-11-5 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009 and were 9-2-2 in 2010.
THREE GAMES ON BTN
Three Ohio State women’s soccer contests will be televised live this fall as part of the Big Ten Network (BTN) autumn schedule. The Buckeyes’ road games at Minnesota and Wisconsin will be shown live on national television, as will Senior Day activities from Columbus when Ohio State hosts Indiana. The Sept. 18 contest at Minnesota is a 2 p.m. Eastern start, as is the game at Wisconsin on Oct. 2. The Buckeyes’ regular-season home finale against Indiana on Oct. 30 will begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The complete BTN broadcast schedule can be found at www.BigTenNetwork.com.
MAXWELL CLIMBING CAREER RANKS
Senior Paige Maxwell has moved to eighth place on the Ohio State all-time list in career points (56), and is now seventh in career goals scored (25). Here’s a look at the Ohio State record book:
MAXWELL ON MAC HERMANN LIST
Ohio State women’s soccer forward Paige Maxwell has been named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, the Missouri Athletic Club announced Aug. 15.
The senior from Medina, Ohio, is the reigning Offensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten after leading the Buckeyes and tying for second in the conference with 10 goals, including five game-winners, while adding a pair of assists. The 2010 NSCAA third team All-American has led the team in goals in each of her three seasons and ranks seventh in program history with 24 career goals heading into 2011.
It marks the third time in program history that a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007 and Cassie Dickerson was chosen last season. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer.
Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.
OSU PICKED SECOND IN BIG TEN
Ohio State was picked by Big Ten head coaches to finish second in the conference this season. Penn State garnered the top spot in the preseason poll, followed by the Buckeyes, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Each team was a 2010 NCAA tournament team; it marks the ninth-consecutive season the Nittany Lions were picked to win the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes, returning eight starters from their Big Ten co-champion and NCAA College Cup team a year ago, also had 2010 NSCAA third team All-American Paige Maxwell, co-captain Danielle Scoliere and Danica Wu named Players to Watch by the Big Ten.
Ohio State hosts Ohio University Sunday, Sept. 11, in a 6 p.m. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.