Sept. 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road for a pair of games this weekend against Illinois and Northwestern. Ohio State, entering the weekend 6-2-0 and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play, takes on Illinois at 7 p.m. ET Friday and Northwestern at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
Fans can follow live stats on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC. Live video will be available for the Northwestern match at NUSports.com.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes came from behind to defeat Minnesota, 2-1, in overtime of their Big Ten opener Sunday. Marisa Wolf scored the equalizer in the 85th minute and Tiffany Cameron tallied her fifth game-winner of the season, finishing from inside the six-yard box off a Megan Scoliere corner in the 99th minute to defeat the Golden Gophers. With the win, the Buckeyes completed a perfect 6-0 homestand and have not lost since Aug. 19.
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 (4, t-1st), shutouts (5, 3rd) and goals-against average (0.49, 2nd).
Individually, Michela Paradiso is tied for sixth in the Big Ten with four assists while Tiffany Cameron leads the Big Ten with five game-winning goals and is tied for second with seven goals overall. In addition, Cameron is fourth with 15 points while Rachel Middleman sits fourth with a 0.68 goals-against average.
On a national level, the Buckeyes are 13th with a .625 shutout percentage and 14th in goals-against average. Cameron is tied for first nationally with five game-winners and is tied for 18th with seven goals.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING ILLINI
Illinois is 4-3-1 on the season after defeating Iowa, 2-1, last weekend in its Big Ten opener. The Fighting Illini have struggled offensively but recently returned 2011 second team All-American Vanessa DiBernardo from the U-20 Women’s World Cup. The junior finished with 17 goals and five assists last season. Defensively, Steph Panozzo has posted a 0.85 goals-against average and two shutouts so far this season.
Ohio State holds a narrow 8-7-1 lead in the all-time series. Last season, Ohio State won the regular season matchup, 2-1, but Illinois advanced on PKs in the second meeting in the Big Ten tournament.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern enters the weekend with a 4-3-2 record after dropping its Big Ten opener to Nebraska, 2-0. Kate Allen leads the Wildcats with five goals and is tied for the team lead with three assists. In goal, Rachel Bergman and Anna Cassell have split time and tallied a 1.47 goals-against average and two shutouts.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Wildcats, 11-6, after winning each of the last four meetings.
CLIMBING CAREER RANKINGS
With 26 goals and 64 points in her career, Tiffany Cameron sits eighth on both Ohio State all-time lists. In addition, Lauren Granberg has moved into 14th on the career points list with 40.
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 176-122-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 189-145-27.
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 has received 10 of its 12 goals this season from north of the border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (7 goals) and Lauren Granberg (3) have led the charge on the goal. Cameron, Granberg and Danica Wu also have combined for five of the Buckeyes’ 17 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 96-37-11 all-time.
– Ohio State is 77-20-9 since 2003 and 52-15-5 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
The Buckeyes host Penn State at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 before taking on Wisconsin at 1 p.m. Sept. 30. The Penn State game will be televised live on Big Ten Network.