Oct. 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road to take on Iowa at 8 p.m. ET Friday and Nebraska at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The Buckeyes are 8-4-1 on the season and sit fifth in the Big Ten with a 3-2-1 record.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes defeated Purdue, 1-0, Sunday in Columbus. Tiffany Cameron scored the game-winner, her seventh of the season, on a breakaway in the 41st minute. Goalkeepers Rachel Middleman and Jillian McVicker combined to tally the Buckeyes’ eighth shutout of the season in the victory.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
As a team, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in most defensive categories including goals allowed (8, 3rd), shutouts (8, 3rd) and goals-against average (0.60, 3rd).
Individually, Tiffany Cameron leads the Big Ten with seven game-winning goals and is fifth with 10 goals overall and 21 points. In addition, Jillian McVicker sits third with a 0.40 goals-against average while Rachel Middleman is fifth with a 0.71 goals-against average and tied for sixth with two shutouts.
On a national level, the Buckeyes are 14th with a .615 shutout percentage and 15th in goals-against average. Cameron is tied for first nationally with seven game-winners and tied for 19th with nine goals.
SOME MORE NOTES…
– The Buckeyes are 8-0-0 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 14 of the 15 Ohio State goals this season.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa is 11-1-3 on the season and fourth in the Big Ten with a 2-1-3 conference record. The Hawkeyes, who rank second in the conference in goals scored and goals allowed, are led offensively by Cloe Lacasse (11g, 6a) and Ashley Catrell (7g, 3a). Hannah Clark and Meg Goodson have split time in goal as the Hawkeyes have posted a 0.45 goals-against average.
Ohio State holds a 9-5-1 lead in the all-time series after suffering a 1-0 loss last season in Columbus.
SCOUTING THE HUSKERS
Nebraska enters the weekend with a 6-7-1 record, 3-3-0 in Big Ten conference play after a 3-2 overtime win at Wisconsin last weekend. Mayme Conroy leads the Huskers and is tied for second in the Big Ten with 11 goals while Emma Stevens has seen the majority of the time in goal, posting a 1.33 goals-against average with a pair of shutouts.
The Huskers won the only other meeting between the two schools, 3-2, last season in Columbus.
CLIMBING CAREER RANKINGS
With 29 goals and 70 points in her career, Tiffany Cameron sits tied for fourth and tied for fifth, respectively, on both Ohio State all-time lists. In addition, Lauren Granberg has moved into 15th on the career points list with 42.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Aug. 14. Seniors Tiffany Cameron and Lauren Granberg and junior Danica Wu were named the Buckeyes’ players to watch.
THE COACHING STAFF
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 178-124-27 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 191-147-28.
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 13 of its 15 goals this season from north of the border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (10 goals) and Lauren Granberg (3) have led the charge on the goal. Cameron, Granberg and Danica Wu also have combined for seven of the Buckeyes’ 22 assists.
JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM
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 97-38-12 all-time.
– Ohio State is 78-21-10 since 2003 and 53-16-6 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
Ohio State hosts Michigan at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 on BTN and Michigan State on Senior Day at 1 p.m. Oct. 21.