Oct. 26, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team will conclude the 2005 regular season with a home match vs. Morehead State at 5 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game is a doubleheader with the men’s soccer squad, played at 7:30 p.m.

The Buckeyes (6-9-2; 3-7-0 Big Ten) are sixth in the Big Ten standings. With one week of regular season action remaining, Ohio State looks to join the field of eight at the 2005 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 3-6 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Seniors Danielle Dietrich, Becky Hock and Megan Stickler will be honored with a pregame ceremony in their final match with the Ohio State women’s soccer team.

In four years Dietrich has compiled 19 goals and 15 assists for 53 points, which places her eighth, tied for fourth and eighth, respectively, in the all-time OSU career record books. Throughout her time with the Buckeyes, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native has garnered several postseason accolades, including being named to the 2004 Great Lakes Region Third Team.

Hock played in the center midfield for the OSU club team between 2002-04 before joining the Buckeyes. Hock saw action in the Iowa match. Stickler, who transferred from East Carolina in 2002, has seen considerable action as a Buckeye. Because of an injury suffered earlier in the season, Stickler has been unable to play for Ohio State in 2005, but was a valuable asset to the OSU squad last season, playing in 25 of 26 matches. In that same year, Stickler was named the Most Improved Player by the OSU coaching staff.

Ohio State’s record in regular season home finales is 8-4. Its overall record is 9-3 in final regular-season match ups.

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Ohio State is sixth in the Big Ten standings and is one point ahead of Indiana and Michigan, who are tied for seventh.

Indiana will meet Purdue, while Michigan will take on Michigan State, as all three teams look to round out the eight-team tournament field.

Defender Melissa Miller continues to be a constant force on the Buckeye squad. Miller is the only current Buckeye to start every game since 2003. Miller started all 21 matches following her medical redshirt season in 2002 and last year, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native was in the starting lineup for 26-consecutive matches. Miller has not let up in 2005, receiving the starting nod in Ohio State’s 17 games played thus far.

Co-captain Emily Francis has started 62 of 64 games in her two-year career at Ohio State. In 2005, Francis has started 15 of 16 matches.

With just one match remaining in the regular season, freshman Lisa Collison is just two goals shy of eclipsing teammate’s Lara Dickenmann’s OSU all-time season goals record. Collison’s 11 goals also makes her the top freshman scorer in the Big Ten. Dickenmann, who was named to several postseason all-freshman teams and earned Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Freshman of the Year laurels, accounted for 13 of the Buckeyes’ 62 goals in 2004. So far in 2005, Collison has compiled 11 scores, nearly half of Ohio State’s total output this year (24).

With 11 goals, Collison currently stands tied for third with Danielle Dietrich, Tiffany Tisdale and Lisa Suttmiller in OSU all-time single-season scores.

Fellow freshman Caitlin Colfer is tied for eighth in OSU single-season assists, tallying six helpers in 17 games. Colfer surpassed teammate Carleta Arbulu in the standings, as Arbulu notched five assists from her rookie campaign from a season ago. Dickenmann holds the Buckeye single-season assist record with 12.

Lisa Collison recorded her third game-winning goal vs. Minnesota Oct. 16, which leads the Buckeyes. The duo of Lara Dickenmann and Danielle Dietrich each have one game-winning score to their credit.

With Ohio State’s 1-0 shutout against Minnesota, the Buckeyes recorded their third blanking of the season. Ohio State shut out Xavier (3-0) and Iowa (3-0).

Lisa Collison’s two-goal game vs. Iowa was the first of her collegiate career. Sophomore Lara Dickenmann was the last OSU freshman to tally two goals in a match, recording a pair of scores in the 2-0 shutout against Purdue last season and notching both goals in Ohio State’s 2-0 Big Ten tournament win over Penn State in 2004.

Lisa Collison was named to the Top Drawer National Team of the week for the week of Oct. 3. The honor came after Collison tallied a three-goal weekend vs. Illinois and Iowa Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

Ohio State added two walk-ons to the 2005 squad. Senior Becky Hock and junior Michelle Markus joined the Buckeyes after compiling experience on the Kolping BenGals ODP team. Hock and Markus were a part of a BenGals squad that won several state cup and regional championships.

Recently, Hock played in the center midfield for the OSU club team between 2002-2004 and Markus was a member of the Buckeye varsity rowing team in 2002.

Ohio State has a 25-4-3 mark at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium dating back to 2003. The Buckeyes tied Kentucky, 1-1, Sept. 11 and fell to Illinois 2-1 in double overtime Sept. 30. Ohio State answered the loss with a 3-0 shutout against Iowa and a 3-2 win over Indiana before losing 4-2 to Purdue Oct. 9. The Buckeyes’ final Big Ten home match came against Penn State Oct. 14, where they fell, 1-0.

The Buckeyes’ winning percentage in Columbus stands at .624. So far, Ohio State has played 125 home contests and has compiled 78 wins and eight ties.

Ohio State has tallied a second half surge in its goals, shots and corner kicks output this season. The Buckeyes have registered seven additional goals in the second half, scoring eight in the first stanza and 15 in the second. The Scarlet and Gray added 11 more shots in the second half (112-123) and increased their corner kicks (73-101).

Lisa Collison scored her team-leading 11th goal vs. Minnesota. Collison leads the Buckeyes in six offensive categories. In addition to leading the squad in goals, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native heads the team in points (25), shots (67), shot percentage (taken at least 30 shots) (.164), shots on goal (33) and game-winning goals (3).

Caitlin Colfer is a top of the assist category, having tallied six. Colfer’s last assist came against Purdue on a first-half goal by Melissa Miller.

Ohio State tallied two or more assists for the eighth time this season vs. Minnesota when Lara Dickenmann and Carleta Arbulu fed Lisa Collison a pass off a throw in that found its way past the Golden Gopher keeper. Collison, Caitlin Colfer and Arbulu notched an assist a piece vs. Purdue, making it the second multiple-assist game for the Buckeyes over the weekend of Oct. 7. Earlier in the weekend, Dickenmann assisted on a goal by Collison before Collison and Taylor Smith assisted on a goal by Dickenmann against Indiana. Keiana Mitchell and Colfer were credited with assists against the Hawkeyes after Colfer recorded the Buckeyes’ fourth two-plus assist match vs. Northeastern. Ohio State gathered its second and third double assist game against Xavier (Dickenmann tallied two) and Cincinnati (Melissa Miller and Emily Francis).

The Buckeyes opened their 2005 campaign with three assists vs. Kent State (Colfer, Dietrich and Arbulu).

Three different Buckeyes have received the starting job at goalkeeper. Staci Sinkway (Furman, Kentucky, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin) has received the starting nod for 12 matches and Shannon Neely (Kent State, Xavier and Cincinnati) has started three. Courtney Cripps made her first collegiate start in the net vs. Northeastern.

Sinkway, who has compiled the most time at goalkeeper (1236:54) for a 3-8-2 record, has 85 stops and yielded 22 goals. In 135 minutes of action, Neely has tallied seven saves and has allowed two goals. Cripps has given up two goals and has registered 11 saves in 248:56 minutes for a 3-1 record.

Head coach Lori Walker is just two victories shy of reaching the OSU 100-win mark. Walker came to Ohio State in 1997 and in her first season at the helm, the North Carolina alum helped the Buckeyes compile a 9-9-1 mark. Since then, Walker has led Ohio State to above .500 records in five of the last seven seasons. Previously, Walker was the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. While leading the KU program, Walker tallied a record of 13-23-0 and her career mark currently stands at 111-97-15.

Lori Walker’s OSU Season Records Overall Big Ten 1997 – 9-9-1 3-5-0 1998 – 13-8-1 3-5-1 1999 – 12-6-2 5-4-1 2000 – 6-13-0 1-9-0 2001 – 10-9-1 5-4-1 2002 – 10-11-1 4-5-1 2003 – 13-5-3 4-3-3 2004 – 19-4-3 6-1-3

In 12 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a Big Ten mark of 50-59-11. Ohio State has finished the conference season above .500 five times, including a program-best 6-1-2 record in 2004.

In 2005, the Buckeyes own a 3-7-0 mark in the league. Ohio State has wins over Iowa (3-0), Indiana (3-2) and Minnesota (1-0, 2 OT).

Through updated Big Ten statistics for the week of Oct. 24, Ohio State is ranked No. 2 in team saves. In 17 matches the Buckeyes have compiled 108 saves for an average of 6.35 saves a game, which is two stops behind league leader Iowa (118).

Freshman Lisa Collison is the top freshman in the Big Ten, holding down seven Top 5 offensive categories. Collison is tied for second in goals (11), goals per game (0.65) and is third in points (25) and points per game (1.47). Collison is fourth in the league in shots with 67, shots per game (3.94) and game-winning goals (3).

In the assists category, Caitlin Colfer is just two assists (6) short of conference leaders Melissa Dobbyn (Michigan) and Allison Preiss (Wisconsin), which is good for a tie for sixth place. Colfer’s 0.35 assists per game also ranks her tied for sixth.

OSU goalkeeper Staci Sinkway is holding her own on the defensive side of the pitch, ranking third in saves (85) and saves per game (5.31).

In league only matches, the Buckeyes are fifth or better in four standings. Ohio State is first in the conference in saves, compiling 66 in 10 games. The Scarlet and Gray are tied for fourth in shutouts and shots, tallying two and 145, respectively. The Scarlet and Gray are fifth in goals with 14. Individually, Lisa Collison holds down the top spot in shots with 45 for a second-place average of 4.50 shots per game. Collison also is the highest ranking Buckeye in points with 14, good for fifth place. The freshman midfielder is tied for fourth in goals (6) and game-winning scores (2).

Keeper Staci Sinkway is first in saves and saves per game in league contests, notching 60 and 6.00 stops per game, respectively.

Lisa Grubb and Emily Francis were named the 2005 team captains by their teammates. Grubb, who is out for the season because of an injury, was a 2004 NSCAA and Great Lakes Regional All-American and a All-Big Ten Second Team recipient.

Playing in the backfield, Francis has started 15 matches and has tallied one assist in 2005.

In Ohio State’s first meeting with Morehead State, the Eagles are led by head coach Erin Aubry.

On the pitch, Kelly Busch heads the team in goals with six and is tied for first in assists with two for a squad-leading 14 points. In goal for the Eagles is Leslie King. In 18 games, King has made 121 stops and has allowed 25 goals for an average of 1.33. Her mark stands at 6-10-2 and she has accounted for five of the team’s six shutouts.

Ohio state owns a 6-3-1 record vs. schools from the state of Kentucky. The Buckeyes have a perfect mark against Louisville (6-0), but are winless vs. Kentucky (0-3-1).

Morehead State is the first school Ohio State will face from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Ohio State lost a close 2-1 double overtime match to Northwestern Oct. 21 at the Thomas Athletic Complex in Evanston, Ill.

All scoring in regulation occurred in the first half with Northwestern’s Jenny Dunn taking advantage of a corner kick at the 11:56 mark. Teammates Shannon Cusick and Katie Wright were credited with the assists. The Buckeyes evened the scored when Carleta Arbulu tallied her second goal of the season at the 39:33 mark. Arbulu’s score came directly from the corner of the sideline, finding its way past Wildcat keeper Whitney Jones. Both teams were equal in shots in the half with 10 a piece. Staci Sinkway, who played the entire 102:23 minutes, made four stops compared to Jones’ five. Northwestern had one more corner kick than Ohio State (3-2).

There was no scoring in the second half, but the Wildcats were carded three times, accumulating yellow cards in the 68th and 83rd minutes. In the waning minutes of regulation, Northwestern received a red card before the match went into the first overtime. Playing out like much of the second half, the first extra period had little offensive action with Ohio State tallying zero saves to Northwestern’s three.

It was with a little over two minutes remaining in the second overtime Northwestern was able to score the golden goal. Tabitha Lowey recorded the gamewinner with Kelsey Hans on the assist.

For the game Ohio State compiled 12 shots, while Northwestern had 21. The Buckeyes had four corner kicks to the Wildcats’ five and Sinkway had six saves and Jones made five stops.

Ohio State concluded its Big Ten regular season schedule with a 3-1 loss to Wisconsin Sunday at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wis. It was the first OSU loss to the Badgers in five meetings, as the Buckeyes won three matches and tied two dating back to 2001.

Ohio State’s only goal of the game came in the second half at 82:47 after Jennifer Greenwood found the back of the net from a Caitlin Colfer pass. The goal is Greenwood’s second of the season and fourth of her career. The Westerville, Ohio, native got on the board earlier this season vs. Cincinnati in a 2-2 tie. Colfer recorded her sixth helper of the season and the mark moves her to a tie for eighth in the OSU all-time record books for yearly assists.

Wisconsin scored its first goal in the beginning stanza at 22:11 when Allison Preiss tallied her first of two assists on a pass to Amy Vermeulen. Preiss garnered another assist in the second half on a Katy Lindenmuth score at 55:59 before Lindenmuth notched a helper on a score by Taylor Walsh at 61:05.

Staci Sinkway saw most of the action in the box, playing 86:49 minutes before Courtney Cripps relieved her with 3:11 remaining in the game. Sinkway made three stops, bringing her season save total to 85. Cripps recorded no saves and the Badgers’ Lynn Murray had four stops.

In the match, Wisconsin out shot Ohio State 16-9 and held the corner kicks advantage, 8-1. The Buckeyes tallied three saves compared to the Badgers’ four.

Seniors Lisa Grubb and Megan Stickler will not return for the 2005 season because of injury. Grubb, a native of Portage, Mich., was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her lumbar spine. Stickler, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, suffered a fibular fracture and had surgery to repair it.

Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller are on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy watch list. The honor, awarded to the top female student-athlete who represents the highest level of individual achievement in collegiate soccer, will be presented by the Missouri Athletic Club Jan. 6, 2006 in St. Louis.

The 25-player watch list will be narrowed down to 15 semifinalists by representatives from each Division I conference in early November and three finalists will be announced in December by Division I coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Children in the eighth grade and under will be admitted free for the Buckeyes’ final home match vs. Morehead State when they wear a Halloween costume.

Up next is the Big Ten tournament at the U-M Soccer Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich. Nov. 3-6.