COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team is seeded fifth for this week’s Big Ten Conference tournament and will play No. 4 seed Indiana at 3 p.m. (EST) Thursday, Nov. 8 at the University of Minnesota’s Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The Buckeyes are making their 12th appearance in the Big Ten tournament in 15 years as an Ohio State varsity sport.

The winner of the Ohio State/Indiana match will take on either 10-time Big Ten champion Penn State, the No. 1 seed, or No. 8 Iowa in a semifinal match at 6 p.m. (EST) Friday.

The other half of the bracket pairs No. 2 seed Purdue against No. 7 Northwestern and No. 3 Illinois against No. 6 (and host) Minnesota. The championship game is set for 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday.

The Big Ten Network and CSTV will televise the 2007 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament, providing television coverage of the semifinals and finals for the first time in conference history.

  • The semifinals, Friday at 6 and 9 p.m. (EST), will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network on a tape delay basis at 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. (EST).
  • The semifinals will also re-air on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 8 and 10 a.m. (EST).
  • The championship game, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. (EST), will be televised by the Big Ten Network on either a regional basis or alternate channels. CSTV will also run the championship contest on a tape-delay basis at 6 p.m. (EST).

Although not televised, the Ohio State vs. Indiana game and all others in the tournament can be viewed via “live stats” through the University of Minnesota’s web site. Go to and click on the 2007 Women’s Soccer Championships logo in the upper right hand corner of the home page to access tournament info and live stats link.

Ohio State, under the direction of 11th-year coach Lori Walker, has an all-time Big Ten tournament record of 9-9 and won the tournament championship in 2002 and again in 2004. Ohio State and Indiana have met just once in the tournament: IU claimed a 3-1 win in the 1995 tournament. All-time, Ohio State is 5-10-2 against Indiana, including a 1-0 win at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Oct. 26.

Ohio State Year-by-Year Tournament Results
1994 L 1-3 vs. Minnesota (@UW) 2001 W 2-1 OT vs. Purdue (@Pur.) 
1995 L 1-3 at Indiana               L 0-2 vs. Penn State
1996 L 1-2 vs. Michigan (@OSU) 2002 W 1-1 vs. Purdue (@UW)
1997 L 0-3 vs. Michigan (@Mn.)      W 1-1* vs. Michigan
1998 W 1-0 vs. Wisconsin (@PSU)     W 2-1* at Wisconsin 
     W 3-2 vs. Indiana         2003 L 1-2 OT vs. Michigan (@UW)
     L 0-2 at Penn State       2004 W 2-0 vs. Purdue (@OSU)
1999 L 0-2 vs. Minnesota (@Ind.)    W 5-2 vs. Michigan
2001 W 2-1 vs. Purdue (@Pur.)       W 2-0 vs. Penn State
     L 0-2 vs. Penn State      2006 L 1-2 OT vs. Purdue (@PSU)

*Game went to penalty kicks; Bold indicates Ohio State championship years

Ohio State is 34th in the latest RPI index, released Tuesday. The Buckeyes are the fourth-highest ranked Big Ten team. Eleven wins, including a win over San Diego, No. 11 in the RPI and a 14-game winner, against a quality schedule that includes six Top 20 RPI teams has no doubt proved favorable for the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s record has come against a schedule that is loaded with nationally ranked teams and with other teams that are among the top in their respective conferences. Consider:

  • Ohio State’s 2007 opponents have won 59 percent of their games with a combined record of 189-125-54.
  • Ten teams have at least 10 wins Purdue (16), North Carolina and Penn State (15), San Diego (14), Louisville and Wright State (13), Indiana (12), Illinois (11) and Butler and St. Louis (10).
  • Four teams have at least eight wins: Minnesota and Northwestern (nine) and Duke and Iowa (eight).
  • Ohio State’s nine non-conference opponents won 63 percent of their games (93-49-30) while its Big Ten opponents won 55 percent (96-76-24).

Publicists for the eight teams in the Big Ten Conference tournament submitted information about their teams for the tournament, including the “X” Factor, or a key note for each team’s success. Here are the “X” Factors:

No. 1 Penn State “X” Offensive production must out-weigh any defensive miscues. Team also must focus through 90 minutes.
No. 2 Purdue “X” The ability to respond to adversity. The Boilermakers have only trailed in five matches this season, but came back to win three of those games after being down 1-0.
No. 3 Illinois “X” Senior forward Ella Masar could be the determining factor. Illinois was 8-1 when Masar scored this season and 3-4-1 in games where she didn’t.
No. 4 Indiana “X” Conversions. Recent conference struggles have come from not converting its chances into goals. In a 1-0 loss to OSU on Oct. 26, the Hoosiers put two balls off the crossbar.
No. 5 Ohio State “X” Buckeyes are 18-3 the last two seasons in games where Lara Dickenmann scores a point.
No. 6 Minnesota “X” Getting off on the right foot. Minnesota has been a strong second half team this season, outscoring their opponents 21-9 and going 6-2-0 on Sundays. But the Gophers must play well out of the gate if they hope to make a run in the tournament.
No. 7 Northwestern “X” Need to have great team defending and get big games from goal-scorers.
No. 8 Iowa “X”   All eyes will be on who is in goal for the Hawkeyes, as three goalkeepers have been used throughout the season. Freshman Stephanie Swanson could get thrown into the mix with injuries to Boldt and Feiereisel.

Ohio State enters the Big Ten Conference Tournament as the fifth seed with an 11-8-0 overall record and a 5-5-0 mark in the Big Ten. The team lost to Top 10 teams Purdue and Penn State in its final two matches, both played at home. They were the first two losses at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the team after it reeled off 10 consecutive wins at home, a school record. Ohio State won 11 games this season against opponents that combined to win 59 percent of their games with 10 opponents winning at least 10 games. Some highlights:

  • Ohio State went 4-2 at home in the Big Ten with wins over Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana.
  • One could argue that the best win at home was over Illinois, 2-1, in overtime. Junior Lisa Collison scored the game winner 107 minutes into the match off an assist from Lara Dickenmann. Freshman Alex Burzynski, from Naperville, Ill, also scored.
  • The 2-0 win over San Diego has grown in importance as San Diego has gone 14-2-3 this year and has an RPI ranking of No. 11.
  • The best win on the road was the only win on the road, a 2-1 overtime win over Minnesota. Amanda Ball tied the score in the 84th minute and Dickenmann and Ashley Bowyer assisted on freshman Courtney Jenkins’ OT game-winner.
  • Ohio State went 4-1 in overtime games this season and, remarkably, Dickenmann scored points in overtime in each of the wins. She scored overtime game winners vs. St. Louis and Ohio and she assisted on the extra session tallies against Illinois and Minnesota.
  • Ohio State defeated 12-game winner Indiana, 1-0, Oct. 26 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Alex Burzynski scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season off assists from Emily Esbrook and Amanda Ball. 

The Buckeyes are led in scoring by senior tri-captain Lara Dickenmann (4-5-13) with freshman Alex Burzynski (5-2-12) second in scoring and first in goals. Junior Lisa Collison (4-3-11) and sophomore Ashley Bowyer (2-4-8) are third and fourth in scoring, respectively, giving Ohio State a senior, junior, sophomore and freshman among its top four scorers. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Robertson has played every minute in goal and has posted seven shutouts. She led the Big Ten in saves per game (4.74).

Here’s how Ohio State has started most often this season, and five freshmen have started in virtually every game: the goalkeeper is sophomore Lauren Robertson…defenders are senior Keiana Mitchell and freshmen Lauren Hallauer, Lauren Steuer and Lauren Beachy…midfielders are led by senior Lara Dickenmann with senior Amanda Ball and freshman Courtney Jenkins…the forwards are junior Lisa Collison, sophomore Ashley Bowyer and freshman Alex Burzynski. Bowyer has spent considerable time at midfield as well. Carla Arbulu is an 11-game starter at defender. Freshman Laura Roberts has made six starts at forward.
Ohio State is averaging 13.5 shots (7th in the Big Ten), 1.32 goals (7th) and 1.58 assists (3rd) this season. Defensively, the Buckeyes are eighth in the conference allowing 1.16 goals per game and first in saves (4.84).

Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Robertson leads the Big Ten with 4.74 saves per game. She is third in shutouts with seven and sixth in goals against average (1.12). Lara Dickenmann is third in the conference in shots (60; 3.16 average) and tied for 10th in assists (five). A few more notes, quotes and facts on the team:

  • Amanda Ball’s game-tying, 84th-minute goal vs. Minnesota was her first collegiate goal.
  • Ball also has three assists and a career-best five points this season.
  • Ball is the 11th Buckeye to score a goal this season.
  • Members of Ohio State’s freshmen class, judged No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 13 nationally by Soccer Buzz Magazine, have combined to score 32 of the team’s 80 points. Seniors have scored 26 points, juniors 13 and sophomores nine.
  • Collison’s 28 career goals rank fifth all-time at Ohio State.
  • Collison’s three assists this season tie her single season best of three in 2005.
  • Ohio State is 18-3 the past two seasons when Dickenmann scores a point.
  • Dickenmann has 86 career points and trails only Lisa Grubb (95 from 2001-06).
  • Dickenmann is No. 1 at Ohio State with 32 career assists.
  • Collison is sixth at Ohio State with 63 career points.
  • Carla Arbulu is tied for 8th place at Ohio State with 13 career assists.
  • A total of 16 players have scored at least one point for the Buckeyes.
  • Dickenmann has scored three game-winning goals this season (vs. St. Louis, San Diego and Ohio).
  • Bowyer (Butler and Pepperdine), Collison (Illinois and Michigan State) and Courtney Jenkins (Wright State and Minnesota) have two game-winners with Laura Roberts (Michigan) and Alex Burzynski (Indiana) scoring one apiece.
  • Six players have scored at least two goals, including three freshmen: Burzynski (5), Courtney Jenkins (3) and Genna Brand (2).

Ohio State has reversed its fortune in overtime contests. Heading into this season, Ohio State had not won an overtime game since the 2003 season, going 0-6-6 and with losses in its last three overtime contests. No one on this team had even been part of an OSU overtime win, but that changed this year. Here’s how:

  • MAC Hermann Trophy and All-America candidate Lara Dickenmann scored the game winner with 6:20 play in the second overtime for a 3-2 win over St. Louis in the second game of the season. Senior Carla Arbulu assisted on the play.
  • Dickenmann scored another game winner, this time against Ohio, scoring unassisted in the 104th minute to give OSU a 2-1 win.
  • In the Big Ten opener against Illinois, Lisa Collison received a lovely against-the-flow pass from Dickenmann and drove home the game-winner in the 108th minute for a 2-1 Ohio State win.
  • Against Minnesota, Dickenmann set freshmen Jenkins and Burzynski up on a 2-on-1 situation. Jenkins sent a shot on goal that Dare rejected, but the ball went back to Jenkins who scored on her second try.

Ohio State’s Lori Walker is in her 11th season as head coach of the Buckeyes. She started with the program in 1996 and has coached the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Tournament championships 2002 and 2004 and into the NCAA Championship field three times (consecutively between 2002-04). In 2004 she guided the Buckeyes to their finest season ever: a 19-4-3 record, champion of the Big Ten Tournament and three NCAA tournament wins before losing to UCLA in the elite eight, 1-0. Walker is 119-89-15 at Ohio State and 132-112-16 all-time. She was head coach at Kansas for two seasons prior to coming to Ohio State.

Lauren Robertson was named the Big Ten Conference women’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 15 for the second time this season. Robertson, from Mission Viejo, Calif., helped posted shutouts in wins over Michigan, 1-0, and Michigan State, 3-0. She totaled eight saves in the two games.

Lauren Robertson, known as “Taz” by her teammates, has moved into the Top 5 for single season shutouts by an Ohio State goalkeeper with seven. The record is nine, by Emily Haynam (2004) and Amber Barnes (1998).

Ashley Bowyer, a sophomore midfielder, and Lara Dickenmann were each selected to the 11-player Duke adidas Classic all-tournament team. Dickenmann had the Buckeyes’ only goal of the tournament, a bender that tied the score with Duke in the second half. Amanda Ball set Dickenmann up for the score. Bowyer’s play was terrific. Head coach Lori Walker: “Ashley Bowyer played extremely well in the midfield and made a difference.”

Senior tri-captain Lara Dickenmann has been named to the preseason watch list for the Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer. Dickenmann also has been named to MajorLeagueSoccer Magazine’s preseason All-America team. MLS is a new soccer publication that debuted in July.

Three shutout victories, 13 saves made plus an assist netted sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Robertson the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week award Sept. 10 and also a spot on Soccer Buzz Magazine’s Elite Team of the Week. The Buckeyes defeated Wright State, Pepperdine and San Diego. Robertson’s week included a sterling, seven-save performance in Ohio State’s win over 24th-ranked San Diego.

Carla Arbulu was named to Soccer Buzz Magazine’s first Elite Team of the Week for 2007 (Sept. 3). The forward/defender from Grover Beach, Calif., recorded five points in OSU wins over Butler and St. Louis. Arbulu notched two assists in the season-opening win over Butler and then tallied a goal and an assist on Lara Dickenmann’s game winner in the second overtime in the 3-2, victory over St. Louis.

Lisa Collison was a member Team Canada’s U-20 national team and Lara Dickenmann is a member of the Swiss National Team. In addition, Ashley Bowyer has played three games with the U.S. U-20 squad.
Ohio State has had a women’s soccer program since 1993, making this season the 15th in school history. The program’s all-time record is 154-124-18.