Nov. 11, 2003

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Columbus, Ohio – In a season where the Ohio State women’s soccer team (12-4-3, 4-3-3) celebrates its 10th anniversary as a competitor in Division I women’s soccer, it fittingly begins its second trip to the NCAA tournament matched with the opponent the Buckeyes faced in the first match ever played at Ohio State a decade ago in 1993.

The Buckeyes, ranked No. 23 in the nation by the, are set for an opening round match with the University of Dayton Friday at 5 p.m. in Morgantown, W.Va. The bid is Ohio State’s second in two seasons as the Buckeyes face the Flyers for the seventh time in program history, including a 1-0 win Sept. 5, 1993 in Ohio State’s first collegiate contest.

Ohio State and Michigan met in the first round of the Big Ten tournament for the second-straight season and extended to double-overtime for the third time in as many meetings as the Wolverines emerged with a 2-1 win with a goal in the 106th minute to advance to round two.

Ohio state forward Colleen Hoban netted her fourth goal in her last three matches to knot the score at 1-1 in the 67th minute.

The score remained tied through regulation and the first period of overtime before UM denied the Buckeyes in their attempt to defend the 2002 tournament title in the second extra session.

Ohio State has celebrated its 10th anniversary season in grand fashion as the Buckeyes posted their best regular season mark in program history at 12-3-3, a .750 winning percentage.

The previous best campaign came in 1996 when OSU won 14 of 20 regular season matches, which served as a .700 win percentage.

Ohio State dropped out of this week’s poll following the a double-overtime loss to Michigan last Friday. The Buckeyes also fell in the NSCAA/addidas poll to No.25. lists OSU at No. 23.

The Buckeyes fell from their No. 3 regional ranking from last week to No. 6 in SoccerBuzz for Nov. 10, while dropping to No. 4 in the NSCAA/addidas polls.

Ohio State claimed its first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament last season as the automatic qualifier representing the Big Ten conference as its 2002 postseason tournament winner.

The Buckeyes traveled to South Bend, Ind. to face perennial national power Notre Dame in the first round.

Ohio State entered with a 10-10-1 record and pushed the 19th-ranked Fighting Irish (12-7) to a tight 2-1 contest until the 78th minute when UND sealed the match with a score to set the final tally at 3-1.

Colleen Hoban accounted for the lone OSU goal, pulling the Buckeyes to within one score at the 61:28 mark of the second half.

Ohio State makes the short trip to neighboring West Virginia for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Morgantown field includes the Buckeyes and host Mountaineers, both at-large selections, while also featuring Atlantic 10 champion Dayton and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crownee Loyola (Md.).

The four squads are familiar with each other as the Buckeyes and Flyers have met on six previous occasions, with OSU claiming wins in five of the six meetings, while Loyola faced West Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last season also in Morgantown. The Mountaineers advanced with a 3-0 victory.

All four squads earned bids to the tournament last season, including Dayton who has earned a bid in each of the last three season, while WVU serves as host of the first and second rounds for the third successive season. Loyola joins Ohio State as a qualifier in each of the last two campaigns.

Not only does Dayton serve as the first-ever opponent for Ohio State women’s soccer, but the Buckeyes also participated in Dayton’s Flyer Classic a year ago, facing Marquette and Georgetown. The Buckeyes and Flyers did not meet in the tournament.

Dayton enters its meeting with the Buckeyes on a six-match win streak, which includes a three-game run to the Atlantic 10 championship. The Flyers are not strangers to the NCAA tourney field as they have qualified for a berth in each of the last three seasons.

Dayton, ranked as high as third in the Great Lakes regional rankings, boasts a 14-5-2 overall mark on the season, including an 8-2-1 ledger in A-10 regular season competition. The Flyers earned the automatic bid with a 3-0 blanking of Richmond in the final of the conference tournament.

The Flyer offense features a balanced scoring attack that has seen four players reach double figures in points, led by Reba Sedlacek with 19 points on seven goals and five assists in just eight games started. Shannon Kuhl shares the team lead in goals with Sedlacek with seven.

Piloting the UD defense is keeper Sarah West, who boasts an impressive 10-2-2 record and a 0.73 goals against average and 48 saves.

Mike Tucker is the head coach of the Dayton Fliers. Tucker holds a 134-52-5 career record at Dayton over eight seasons. Tucker has led UD to five Atlantic 10 regular season conference championships and three trips to the NCAA tournament. In 2001, Tucker’s squad reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament before being downed by then No. 3 UCLA 3-1.

Ohio State defeated Dayton 1-0 Sept. 15, 2000 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as forward Lindsay Eckles netted the lone Buckeye goal in the 65th minute after receiving the ball from an OSU throw-in.

Buckeye goalkeeper Amber Barnes anchored the OSU defense with her first shutout of the season. Barnes recorded five saves, including a leaping save on a Dayton free kick.

The Buckeyes and Flyers share a pair of common opponents this season, including Top 15 squad Virginia. The Cavaliers visited central Ohio for a weekend series with Ohio State Friday, Sept. 5 and Dayton the following Sunday, Sept. 7.

The Buckeyes topped then No. 6-ranked UVA 1-0 before the Cavaliers and Flyers played to a 1-1 draw two days later.

Ohio State and Dayton also faced Wright State this season as the Buckeyes claimed a 4-0 win at WSU, while the Flyers opened their season with an exhibition vs. the Raiders and posted a 3-1 win.

The Buckeyes own a 5-1 advantage in the series against Dayton, which includes wins in each of the last two meetings.

Ohio State owns a 3-0 mark at home vs. Dayton and a 2-1 edge at UD. The Buckeyes and Flyers meet on neutral turf for the first time Friday , while marking the first meeting past September.

Six Ohio State opponents in the 2003 season earned bids to the NCAA Tournament, including three squads that earned one of the Top 16 seeds.

Penn State,Virginia and Illinois lead the way with No. 5, No. 7 and No. 16 seeds, respectively, while Michigan and Purdue round out the five-team Big Ten contingent. Non-conference foe Loyola – Chicago prevailed in the Horizon League championship match to earn an automatic berth.

Overall, the Buckeyes hold a 3-3-1 mark against the six teams that made the NCAA’s with wins coming at Purdue (2-1), at Loyola (4-0) and over Virginia by a 1-0 count. The Buckeyes dropped a tight one-goal contest to Penn State (1-0) at home, the only home loss suffered by the Buckeyes this season. Michigan defeated OSU 2-1 in the Big Ten tournament, while Illinois handed the Buckeyes as 2-0 loss Oct. 10. Ohio State and Michigan tied 1-1 in the regular season at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Despite tight losses to No. 5 Penn State Oct. 24 and No. 23 Illinois Oct. 10, the Buckeyes have had success in matches with ranked opponents so far in 2003. The Buckeyes downed then-No. 6 Virginia Sept. 5 by a 1-0 score at home and conquered Purdue for the fifth straight meeting by a 2-1 count in West Lafayette, Ind.

Overall, the Buckeyes boast a 4-3 record in their last seven meetings with ranked teams.

The Buckeyes have enjoyed marked success when stepping outside the Big Ten conference in 2003 as they have posted an unblemished 8-0 mark against non-conference foes.

Included in the eight victories are five shutouts, featuring a 1-0 win over then-No. 6 Virginia in Columbus and a 2-0 victory at perennial Conference USA power Cincinnati.

Most recently, Ohio State traveled to Loyola-Chicago and blanked the Ramblers by a 4-0 count and edged Bowling Green 3-2, which upped the OSU scoring advantage in non-conference matches to 28-4.

Should the Buckeyes advance to the second round with a win over Dayton Friday, they will face the winner of the Loyola (Md.) – West Virginia match, which kicks off after the Buckeyes and Flyers Friday night.

Ohio State and WVU have met on four previous occasions, splitting the series at two wins a piece. Two of the matches have been played in Columbus, with the other pair in Morgantown. Ohio State claimed the last meeting in 1999 by a 3-1 count in Columbus on Oct. 29.

The Mountaineers won the middle games of the series with victories coming in Morgantown on Sept. 16, 1997 (1-0) and in Columbus on Oct. 7, 1998 also by a 1-0 score. The Buckeyes claimed the first meeting 1-0 at WVU Sept. 15, 1996.

Ohio State a Loyola (Md.) have never met. The Buckeyes defeated Loyola (Chicago) Oct. 27 this season 4-0 in Chicago.


Freshman Melissa Miller was honored on two occasions at the Big Ten women’s soccer banquet as she received both All-Big Ten Freshman Team and Second Team All-Conference awards.

Miller has combined with Erica Nollen to solidify the middle of an OSU backline that has held opponents to just 0.70 goals per contest and an all-time season low 14 goals.

Miller earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 20 after scoring the game-winning goal vs. Wisconsin and later assisting on another score in the same match.

Junior midfield Liz Mumley was selected as a member of the 2003 Big Ten All-Tournament Team for her play against Michigan in a tight 2-1 double-overtime loss to Michigan in the opening round of the tournament Thursday night.

Mumley, who missed parts of last season because of injury, has rebounded nicely in 2003, scoring career highs in points (10), goals (3) and assists with four.

Junior defender Erica Nollen was selected as a member of the 2003 Academic All-America Second Team in District IV, while Jackie Shirer, the lone senior on the Ohio State squad in 2003, earned recognition as a member of the Academic All-America Third Team.

Nollen, an Academic All-Big Ten recipient in 2002, is one of 11 second-team selections set to represent District IV as candidates for the All-America Team.

Shirer has provided leadership as the lone senior on the Ohio State squad, while accounting for one goal in the Buckeyes’ win over Youngstown State earlier this season. A two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Shirer has accumulated a 3.20 overall grade point average in psychology.

Sophomore Colleen Hoban, responsible for the game-winning goals in each of the Buckeyes’ two victories over Loyola (Chicago) and Bowling Green, was named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week Thursday. For the week, Hoban netted three goals and one assist to boost her team-leading totals to 22 points this season on nine goals and four assists.

Hoban began the week striking the first goal of Ohio State’s 4-0 win at Loyola-Chicago Oct. 27 and helped the Buckeyes complete an undefeated out-of-conference season as she had a hand on all three of Ohio State’s goals, assisting on the first, while striking for the game-tying score with 25 seconds remaining in regulation before netting the match-winner in the second period of overtime.

For the season, Hoban has 24 points, which ranks third-best in team-history for a single season and nine goals, also good for third place in Ohio State annals.

So far this season the Buckeye defense has posted the best goals against average by an Ohio State team in program history. OSU boasts an impressive 0.70 GAA, which bests the previous mark set by the 1998 team that allowed just 0.86 goals per game in 22 contests that season.

The Buckeyes are on pace to shatter the old mark of 19 goals allowed in a season by the 1996 and 1998 teams, as the Buckeyes have allowed just 14 goals in 19 matches.

Overall, the Ohio State defense has allowed just three of 19 opponents to score more than one goal in a match this season.

Ohio State posted its eighth shutout this season in the 4-0 win at Loyola-Chicago Oct. 27. The eight shutouts are just one blanking shy of the program’s all-time mark of nine shutouts set in 1998.

The Ohio State attack has been a balanced affair this season as 17 Buckeyes have posted at least one point in 2003, which includes five individuals – Colleen Hoban (24), Kathy Fulk (12), Heather Miller (11), Emily Gilbert (11), Danielle Dietrich (10) and Liz Mumley (10) – who all have notched double figures in points.

Additionally, two Buckeyes stand on the door step of double figure points as assists leader Paige Harrision completed the regular season with nine points, while freshman Jackie Lafond is just one goal shy of 10 points on the season with eight.

Also worthy of note is the distribution of shots across the Buckeye attack as Miller leads the squad with 39 and is followed closely by Hoban with 38, Dietrich with 35 and Fulk with 33 strikes. Mumley and Gilbert are not far off with 29 and 27 shots.

This season Ohio State owns an 12-0-1 record when scoring the first goal of a match. The only blemish occurred when Iowa tied the Buckeyes late in the second half Sept. 19 for a 1-1 stalemate. Last season, the Buckeyes boasted a perfect 10-0 mark when scoring first. Over the last two seasons, Ohio State has won 22 of 23 games when scoring first.

The Buckeyes have enjoyed a lead at halftime in nine of the 18 contests this season and have walked away with a win on eight occasions. The Iowa contest once again serves as the only flaw on Ohio State’s 8-0-1 ledger when leading at the half.

Ohio State’s 12-4-3 mark serves as the sixth time in 10 seasons the Buckeyes have recorded double digits in victories, which includes four of the last five seasons and the fifth in head coach Lori Walker’s seven-year tenure at Ohio State.

The previous OSU squads to post at least 10 wins came first in 1996 (14-7) and was followed in 1998 (13-8-1), 1999 (12-6-2), 2001 (10-9-1) and last season with a 10-11-1 mark. Ohio State has narrowly missed 10-win seasons on three occasion, collecting nine wins in each of the 1994, 1996 and 1997 campaigns.

Six separate Buckeyes have netted two goals in a match this season. The latest occurred Oct. 31 as sophomore Colleen Hoban accounted for the game-tying and match-winning scores in Ohio State’s 3-2 win at Bowling Green.

Danielle Dietrich led the Buckeyes to a 2-1 win over Purdue with a two-goal effort Sept. 28.

In addition to Dietrich’s, freshman Jackie Lafond set a career-high with two goals in the Youngstown State win.

Junior midfielder Emily Gilbert fueled Ohio State’s 3-1 win over Coastal Carolina with her first two-goal performance of her career, as the Cincinnati native netted a header in both the first and second halves the contest. Gilbert also set a career-best in assists in one game, as she played a hand on three scores in the 4-1 triumph at Wright State.

Fellow junior Liz Mumley also established a career-high when she netted two goals in the Buckeye win over Wright State on August 31.

In the first match of the season, Ohio State junior Lisa Grubb posted two goals in Ohio State’s 4-1 win over Indiana State en route to being named Big Ten offensive player of the week for Sept. 1.

Ohio State stands near the top of many Big Ten statistical categories. The Buckeyes are fourth in the Big Ten in goals allowed (eight) and fourth in goals against average (0.80) in 10 conference games and are currently second in corner kicks with 118 in all games. They also are third in the Big Ten in shots with 272.

Junior Paige Harrison is third in the conference in assists per game with 0.33, while sophomore Danielle Dietrich’s three assists is good enough for third among the Big Ten in conference play only.

On the season, the Buckeyes hold a 38-14 advantage in goals. The 24-goal margin is OSU’s largest this season. Previously, OSU held an 25-goal advantage through 18 games.

Included in Ohio State’s offensive dominance is an 44-15 advantage in assists.

With its 44 assists as a team in 2003, the Buckeyes eclipsed the former Ohio State all-time season high for assist (38) in 1996.

The Buckeyes opened the 2003 season with wins in each of its first five matches, equalling OSU’s longest all-time win streak set by the 1996 and 1998 squads.

Ohio State owns an astounding 124-65 ledger in corner kicks through 19 games this season, highlighted by three matches – Iowa, Youngstown State and Minnesota – where the Buckeyes shutout the Hawkeyes, Penguins and Golden Gophers in the corner kick department. In those three matches, the Buckeyes held a 30-0 advantage.

Ohio State’s goal box has been occupied by a trio of solid keepers in 2003. Juniors Jen Heaney and Emily Haynam and freshman Staci Sinkway all have shared the net in a majority of the matches this season.

Leading the way is Sinkway, who has logged over 771 minutes and has posted a 5-3-1 record, including a pair of shutouts. Sinkway has posted a sparkling GAA of 0.58 with 43 saves. She also leads her teammates with a save percentage of .896.

Haynam has started 13 of the 19 contests played this season and posts a 0.89 GAA with 43 saves and an .843 save percentage, while collecting four wins vs. one loss and two ties in a team-high 807minutes.

Heaney, who has started two games in goal this season, has claimed three victories and has allowed zero goals and posts a stellar 0.00 GAA. Heaney also has seen action in the Buckeye frontline, starting the Big Ten tourney match against Michigan.

This season the Buckeyes have enjoyed a decided advantage inside the confines of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the latest wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota the Buckeyes remained unbeaten, claiming wins No. 6 and 7 at home against two ties heading into a match with No. 5 Penn State Oct. 24.

The Buckeyes dropped their first home contest to the Nittany Lions 1-0, setting the final home record at program best 7-1-2 for the season.

The Buckeyes have dominated the Jesse Owens Stadium scoreboard, holding a 21-5 advantage in goals, while also dominating the corner kick department by an astounding 107-43 ledger. Included in the corner kick advantage are three contests – Youngstown State, Iowa and Minnesota – where the Buckeyes have held their opponents to zero corner kick opportunities.

The OSU defense has thrived when protecting its goal at JOMS as the unit boasts an 0.50 goals against average in leading Ohio State to a 3-1-2 mark in conference home games.

The Buckeyes have played into overtime on six occasions this season. Most recently, Ohio State and Michigan extended to extra sessions in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament, where the Buckeyes dropped their first overtime match of the season 2-1 in the 106th minute to the Wolverines.

For the season, Ohio State is 2-1-3 in overtime matches, prevailing over BGSU in two extra sessions and Minnesota in single overtime, while matching Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern to double-overtime draws. The six extra session matches are the most in a single season for Ohio State since the 1994 campaign when the Buckeyes extended five matches into extra frames.

The 1994 team posted a 1-2-2 mark in those matches. Thus far in 2003, Ohio State is 2-0-3, upping its all-time record in overtime matches to 14-8-12.

Ohio State’s noted academic success reaches deep into head coach Lori Walker’s tenure, as she has mentored 36 student-athletes to Academic All-Big Ten selections, including a program-best 11 honorees in 2002. The program also boasts 62 OSU Scholar-Athlete selections and the collegiate academic award in 2002.