May 9, 2005
Columbus, Ohio – Lori Walker, Ohio State women’s soccer head coach, announced captains for the 2005 Buckeye squad Monday. Senior and OSU all-time leading scorer Lisa Grubb and junior defender Emily Francis were assigned as captains via team vote.
“I have great confidence in the leadership that both Lisa and Emily will give to this team and the program as a whole,” Walker, who led the Buckeyes to a No. 8 ranking in the final national polls last season, said. “From the nominations of the team to the voting, it was clear the players strongly believe in both captains. I applaud the team for making such great choices on who they want to lead them into another tremendous upcoming season.”
Grubb tallied six game-winning goals in her record-breaking 2004 season, including the deciding strike in the “Sweet 16” win over Tennessee. The Portage, Mich. native completed the season with career bests in goals (12), assists (10) and points with 34. Grubb’s 12 goals helped her eclipse the career mark at Ohio State. She finished the season with 31scores for her career, besting the 30 goals posted by former Buckeye Lisa Suttmiller from 1994-97. Grubb was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree and recognized by both the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz for All-Region status in 2004. Previously, she was named Team Offensive MVP in 2001 and ’02.
Francis helped the Buckeye defense post all-time lows in goals against average in each of the last two seasons. The Ohio State backline allowed just 18 scores in 26 matches for a 0.67 goals against average. The Alliance, Ohio native also aided the Buckeyes in recording a program-best 13 shutouts in 2004. Francis has started 46 of 47 Ohio State matches the last two seasons and helped the Buckeyes hold opponents to 0.77 goals per contest in her freshman campaign of 2003.
Both captains-to-be were integral parts to Ohio State’s finest season in the 11-year existence of the program. The team 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).