Dec. 6, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team closed out its 2004 season with a 1-0 loss to UCLA in the NCAA quarterfinal round. Despite the loss, the Buckeyes finished the season with a program-best 19 wins, a Big Ten tournament title and a third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament.

The 2004 Buckeyes completed the season with a record of 19-4-3 (.788) en route to shattering many single-season school records. All-time numbers posted included goals (62), assists (63) and shutouts (13).

Individual records fell this season as well. Lara Dickenmann set a single-season marks with 13 goals and 12 assists for a program-best 38 points. The 2004 season also saw Lisa Grubb set the Ohio State record for career goals. Grubb scored a personal-best 12 goals in 2004 to up her career total to 31, moving her past the previous mark of 30 held by Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97).

Despite the NCAA quarterfinal loss to UCLA, Ohio State completed its season with a record of 19-4-3, which stands as an all-time program best. The 19 wins topped the 14 victories recorded by the 1996 team that went 14-7 overall.

The Buckeyes’ winning percentage of .788 also served as an all-time best, topping the .690 clip recorded by the 2003 squad that went 13-5-3.

Ohio State set several team season highs in 2004. Not only did the Buckeyes set a single-season best with 19 wins, they set the single-season record for goals with 62. The Buckeyes scored those goals on a record 557 shot attempts, breaking the former record of 385 set in 1996. OSU also tallied 63 assists in 2004, topping the standard of 44 set in 2003.

Defensively, Ohio State set a shutout mark with 13 and bested the all-time low for goals against average, allowing 0.67 GAA. The 2003 team owned the previous low at 0.77 GAA.

With her game-winning goal in the win over Tennessee Nov. 21, Lisa Grubb moved past the OSU all-time goals mark held by Lisa Suttmiller (30 goals from 1994-97) with her 31st career scoring strike.

Grubb scored a career-high 12 goals this season, good for second on the squad behind the 13 scored by teammate Lara Dickenmann.

Grubb scored two goals in an injury-shortened campaign last year, which followed seven goals in 2002 and 10 as the Big Ten freshman of the Year in 2001.

The Portage, Mich. native also gained the No. 1 spot at Ohio State in career shots, reaching 261 on a record 113 strikes this season.

With her goal and two assists in wins over Bowling Green and Detroit in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, Lara Dickenmann increased Ohio State’s single-season points mark, reaching 38 for the 2004 season. With 13 goals and 12 assists this season, Dickenmann snapped Lisa Suttmiller’s (1994-97) record of 29 points set in 1994. The 13 scores also stands as a Buckeye record, surpassing the 11 by Tiffany Tisdale (1994-97) in 1996. Dickenmann also established the season assist mark with 12, topping the eight posted by Suttmiller in 1996.

The 2004 season saw the Buckeyes put together a pair of impressive streaks. After dropping its first two matches of the season, Ohio State went on a 13-match unbeaten streak before suffering a defeat at Penn State Oct. 26.

Following the loss at State College, the Buckeyes reeled off nine straight wins, including three consecutive victories to give the Buckeyes their second Big Ten tourney title in the last three years.

The win streak came to a halt with the season-ending defeat to UCLA in the NCAA quarters. Previously, OSU won five straight to start the 2003 season.

The class of 2004 accomplished many firsts in Ohio State women’s soccer history. With its win at Iowa Oct.17, OSU reached the 10-win plateau for the fourth-straight season, a program best stretch from 2001 – the first season for the ’04 class – to 2004. The 2001 squad finished its campaign strong with a 6-2-1 run to record a 10-9-1 mark and winning ledger in the Big Ten at 5-4-1. The 2002 Big Ten Tournament champion Buckeyes again used a late-season push to reach 10 victories at 10-11-1. Last season, the 10th anniversary of the program saw Ohio State post its best record of all-time at 13-5-3.

Ohio State finished 15-1-1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in 2004, suffering its first loss at home to UCLA in the NCAA quarters.

Overall, The Buckeyes outscored their opponents 48-8 in home contests and improved their record to 22-3-3 at JOMS in the last two seasons, including a 66-12 scoring margin during that span.

With her game-winning goal against Bowling Green Nov. 14, Danielle Dietrich joined Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb as the only 30-point scorers in Ohio State history in a single season.

Dietrich’s goal helped her reach the 30-point mark (11g, 8a), while Dickenmann added a goal and an assist against Bowling Green and an assist against Detroit to boost her season total to 38 points (13g, 12a), an all-time best at Ohio State. Grubb had 34 points (12g, 10a) on the season after scoring the game-winner over Tennessee.

The 2004 campaign, marks the first time three players have scored more than 20 points in a season. Prior to 2004, 10 Buckeyes had scored 20 points or more in a season and on just one occasion did two or more players reach 20 points in the same season (1997 – Tiffany Tisdale-21, Jodie Stranges-20).

Lara Dickenmann, a native of Kreins, Switzerland, had a pair of seven-match scoring streaks in 2004. She had at least one point in matches spanning from Indiana (Sept. 26) through Iowa (Oct. 17) and again from Kent State (Oct. 27) through Detroit Nov. 14.

For the season, Ohio State won 14-of-15 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.

The Buckeyes also finished the season 11-0 when leading at intermission.

The Buckeyes had a pair of come-from-behind triumphs this season, the last coming at Michigan State and vs. Northwestern.

The Buckeye defense was stingy this season, allowing just 18 goals through 26 matches for a goals against average of 0.67, an all-time best for a single season.

Ohio State finished the 2003 season with a 0.77 GAA, which set a then all-time best.

The Buckeyes limited teams to less than 10 shots (9.46) per contest and less than five strikes on goal per match at 4.07.

Ohio State senior and two-time co-captain Erica Nollen started every match of her career. The UCLA match marked her 89th straight start. Nollen started all 20 matches her freshman year and, from that point, did not miss a contest.

After tallying a 2-0 victory against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal Nov. 4, head coach Lori Walker notched her 100th career win. Including Ohio State’s current six-match win streak, Walker holds an overall mark of 105-88-13 in 10 seasons. Walker’s 92-64-12 record at Ohio State is the winningest in the Buckeyes’ 11 years of soccer. She spent two seasons as head coach at Kansas.

Walker now is 9-5 in Big Ten tournament play and 13-7 overall in the postseason, including a 4-3 mark in NCAA tournament play.

With her eight points and pair of game-winning goals, Lara Dickenmann was named outstanding offensive player of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament. She netted four goals total, with two coming in each of the 2-0 wins over Purdue and Penn State, while adding a pair of assists in the 5-2 triumph over Michigan.

Defensively, Erica Nollen was deemed outstanding defender of the tournament. She helped the Buckeyes record two shutouts, including a blanking of Penn State, which led the conference in most offensive statistics. The shutout served as just the second for PSU this season. Nollen was part of a Buckeye backline that also held Mac Herrman finalist and 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year Tiffany Weimer to just one shot in the final..

Rounding out the tournament accolades was senior midfielder Liz Mumley, who was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight season.

Several members of the Ohio State women’s soccer team were awarded postseason honors by the Big Ten Nov. 3 at its annual banquet in the Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium. Freshman standout Lara Dickenmann was named 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while teammate Melissa Miller joined her with first team all-conference distinction. Lisa Grubb, Ohio State’s last freshman of the year winner in 2001, was named second team at forward. Senior co-captain Erica Nollen was nominated for the Big Ten sportsmanship award.

The 2004 season marked the third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the Buckeyes. With the three NCAA wins this season and the loss to UCLA last weekend, the Buckeyes improved their record from 1-2 to 4-3 in national tournament play. In the Buckeyes’ first appearance in 2002, they fell to Notre Dame, 3-1, in the first round. In 2003, Ohio State defeated Dayton, 3-0, in round one for the team’s first-ever NCAA tournament win before falling, 3-0, to West Virginia in the second round.

UCLA, Ohio State’s quarterfinal-round opponent finished the season ranked in the Top 15 in all major polls. With the 1-0 loss to the Bruins, Ohio State finished 3-4-1 against ranked teams in 2004.

In the NCAA tournament, Ohio State defeated Tennessee, 1-0, Nov. 21. Tennessee was ranked in the Top 15 throughout the season.

In the Big Ten tournament championship match, the Buckeyes downed No. 3 Penn State, 2-0.

Ohio State dropped a pair of games to No. 7 Washington and No. 4 Portland to start the season. OSU’s other victory over a Top 25 squad came Oct. 11, in a 3-0 victory over then-No. 11 Illinois.

Ohio State’s highest ranked recruiting class – rated in the Top 10 by many publications – is making its presence felt this season. In addition to Dickenmann, Keiana Mitchell and Carla Arbulu posted considerable minutes as well. Arbulu had five assists and one goal, while Mitchell tallied two goals and one assist and played stellar defensively in 25 matches, including 12 starts. Heather Young scored OSU’s first goal of the year in a 2-1 loss to No.6 Portland Aug. 27 before suffering an injury.

The Buckeyes outshot their opponents by a decided edge this season. Ohio State finished the year with 557 shots, more than twice as many as its opponents, who had 246. In the shots on goal department, the Buckeyes nearly tripled their opponents’ output with an advantage of 256-106.

Ohio State owned a 62-18 advantage in goals this season. The Buckeyes outscored their opponents by a 36-10 margin in the second half.

Several Buckeyes climbed up the all-time charts during the 2004 season. Danielle Dietrich established a career-best in goals this season with 11 ( tied for third all-time) and pushed her career total to 16, which is good for seventh place all-time. Dietrich also ranks eighth all-time in career points with 46.

Senior Paige Harrison’s two assists this season, upped her career mark to 12, which places her at No. 5 all-time. Lisa Grubb’s 19 career assists stands second best among the career leaders. Liz Mumley also ascended in the all-time assists category as she finished with 13 for her career, which ties for sixth in Buckeye annals.

In total points, Colleen Hoban moved to sixth all-time with 56 points. Mumley also finished her career 12th in Buckeye annals in scoring with 31 career points.

Emily Haynam now ranks second all-time in career GAA with 0.76 and is third in career shutouts with 13. Haynam is fourth in career saves at 169.

A complete listing of Ohio State records can be found on page 6.

In its 19 wins this season, Ohio State has had seven separate players account for the match-winning score. Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb lead the Buckeyes with six game-winners. Melissa Miller and Danielle Dietrich are next with a pair of match-winning scores, while, Heather Miller, Keiana Mitchell and Liz Mumley each have registered one game-winning goal.

Grubb’s six game-winners all came at home in triumphs over Xavier Sept. 2, LSU Sept. 10, Northwestern Oct. 8, Loyola Oct. 24, Oct. 30 against Toledo and Nov. 21 against Tennessee. Dickenmann scored her’s against Virginia Tech, Sept. 12, Iowa, Oct. 17, Kent State, Oct. 27 and against Purdue and Penn State in the Big Ten tournament. Dietrich recorded her deciding 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 and Michigan in the Big Ten tournament – Melissa via overtime corner kick and free kick. Mumley’s game-winner came on Oct. 10 in Ohio State’s 3-0 win over Illinois. Mitchell netted a game-winner over Detroit.

Ohio State Emily Haynam posted one of the finest seasons in the goalbox at Ohio State in 2004. She recorded a program best 16 victories this season and, following shutouts in five of six postseason matches, owns the lowest goals against average for a single season at 0.57. For the year, Haynam is credited with nine of Ohio State’s 13 shutouts, which ties the single season mark held by Amber Barnes in 1998. Haynam has 13 shutouts for her career, which stands third all-time at Ohio State.