Sept. 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team opens Big Ten play against Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes outlasted No. 13 Missouri, 1-0, on a goal by Tiffany Cameron 24 seconds into overtime last Thursday and came back to win their fifth consecutive match, a 3-0 decision, behind a pair of Cameron goals against Duquesne Sunday. Rachel Middleman tallied shutouts in both contests as Ohio State extended its win streak to five games.
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 (3, t-1st), shutouts (5, t-1st) and goals-against average (0.42, 1st).
Individually, Michela Paradiso is tied for third in the Big Ten with four assists while Tiffany Cameron is tied for first with four game-winning goals and tied for fourth with six goals overall. In addition, Cameron is fifth with 13 points while Rachel Middleman sits third with a 0.55 goals-against average.
On a national level, the Buckeyes sit eighth with a .714 shutout percentage and 14th in goals-against average. Cameron is tied for second nationally with four game-winners.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
Minnesota is 5-3 on the season, after splitting a pair of matches last weekend against San Diego St. and DePaul. Sophomore Taylor Uhl leads the country with 11 goals to go along with three assists while senior Allie Phillips has added two goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Cat Parkhill has tallied two shutouts and a 1.11 goals-against average.
Ohio State holds a narrow 10-9-2 lead in the all-time series and has gone 2-0-1 in the last three matchups.
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 175-122-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 188-145-27.
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 received almost half of its offense (15 of 31 goals) last season from North of the Border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (8 goals), Lauren Granberg (3), Kiiri Kuld (2) and Danica Wu (2) led the charge on the goal, as well as contributing 11 assists.
11 AT HOME…AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sunday against Minnesota. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
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 95-37-11 all-time.
– Ohio State is 76-20-9 since 2003 and 51-15-5 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
The Buckeyes hit the road to take on Illinois Sept. 21 and Northwestern Sept. 23.