Oct. 25, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 25 Ohio State women’s soccer team concludes the regular season with a 7 p.m. ET matchup against Indiana Friday in Bloomington.

The Buckeyes are 12-4-1 on the season and sit third in the Big Ten with a 7-2-1 record.

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The Buckeyes topped No. 17 Michigan Thursday and Michigan State on Senior Day Sunday, both by 3-1 margins, to extend their win streak to five games. Tiffany Cameron scored a pair of goals in both games, taking over first place on the Ohio State single-season goals list with 16, and tying her for first on the Buckeyes’ career goals list with 35. Lauren Granberg and Samantha Lewis also notched goals while Megan Fuller tallied three assists on the weekend as the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 15-3 over their last five contests.

With the win over Iowa Oct. 12, the 2012 senior class of Tiffany Cameron, Lauren Granberg, Jessie Greenberg, Kendyl Reed and Aly Walker became the winningest in Ohio State women’s soccer history. A look at the other top classes in program history:

55 wins: 2012
51 wins: 2010, 2011
49 wins: 2006
48 wins: 1999, 2007

With her second goal Oct. 18 against Michigan, Tiffany Cameron moved into first place on the Ohio State single-season goals list. After adding two more against Michigan State to move her single-season total to 16, Cameron sits tied for first with Lisa Collison (2005) and Lara Dickenmann (2004) on the Buckeyes’ career goals list with 35. Cameron also sits third on the Ohio State career points list with 84, trailing only Dickenmann (89) and Lisa Grubb (95). In addition, Lauren Granberg has moved into 11th on the career goals list with 20 and a tie for 11th on the career points list with 53.

Tiffany Cameron – Offensive POW (10/22)
Lauren Granberg – Offensive POW (10/15)
Tiffany Cameron – Offensive POW (9/10)
Rachel Middleman – Defensive POW (9/10)
Kendyl Reed – Defensive POW (8/27)
Michela Pardiso – FOW (8/27)

As a team, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in most defensive categories including goals allowed (11, 2nd), goals-against average (0.63, 2nd) and shutouts (9, 3rd).

Individually, Tiffany Cameron leads the Big Ten with eight game-winning goals, is second with 16 goals overall and sits tied for second with 35 points. In addition, Jillian McVicker leads the Big Ten with a 0.52 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage while Rachel Middleman is third with a 0.72 goals-against average and tied for fifth with three shutouts.

On a national level, the Buckeyes are 24th with a .529 shutout percentage and 21st in goals-against average. Cameron is tied for first nationally with eight game-winners and tied for fourth with 16 goals.

– The Buckeyes are 12-0-0 this season when they find the back of the net.
Tiffany Cameron has scored at least one goal in each victory.
– Cameron or Lauren Granberg have combined to score or have an assist on 23 of the 29 Ohio State goals this season.
– Cameron’s eight game-winners this season is tied for fourth on Big Ten single-season list. Her 18 career game-winners put her in a tie for fifth all-time in the Big Ten.
– The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 15-3 over their last five contests.
– Ohio State has won seven of its last nine regular season finales.
– A win against Indiana Friday would tie the 2010 Buckeyes for most victories in Big Ten play with eight.
– The Buckeyes moved into the NSCAA Top 25 this week, ranked 25th in addition to a No. 2 ranking in the Great Lakes region. Ohio State also is ranked No. 17 in this week’s NCAA RPI.

Indiana enters Friday’s matchup with a 9-8-1 record, 4-6-0 in Big Ten play. Orianica Velasquez and Lisa Nouanesengsy lead the Hoosiers with seven goals while Rebecca Candler has a team-high 10 assists. Shannon Flower has seen most of the time in net, posting a 1.54 goals-against average with 46 saves.

Ohio State trails the all-time series 9-11-2 but has won four of the last five meetings.

Ohio State is under the direction of 16th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to seven NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 182-124-27 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 195-147-28.

Glen Tourville is in his fifth season as associate head coach while Jason Goodson enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes. The 2012 season is the ninth for volunteer coach Spencer Bownas.

Ohio State has received 23 of its 29 goals this season from north of the border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (16 goals) and Lauren Granberg (7) have led the charge on goal. Cameron, Granberg and Danica Wu also have combined for 13 of the Buckeyes’ 40 assists.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the sparkling home to the Buckeyes, has provided quite the home-field advantage for the women’s soccer team. Some stats about the facility:

– The home team is 99-38-12 all-time.
– Ohio State is 80-21-10 since 2003 and 55-16-6 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.

The Buckeyes return to Bloomington for the Big Ten tournament beginning Wednesday.