July 16, 2003

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer program will hold its “A Celebration of 10” reunion Aug. 29 and 30 to recognize the 10-year anniversary of the sport. Festivities will kick off Friday, Aug. 29 as the Buckeyes play host to Indiana State in the 2003 home opener in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

The game will commence a two-day celebration of the tradition and excellence exhibited by the program over the past decade. Former players in attendance will be recognized at halftime, while notable players from each of the 10 seasons will be honored at a brunch-style banquet Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. in the Longaberger Alumni Center.

Former players also will have the opportunity to attend the season opening football game between Washington and Ohio State Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.

Former Buckeye goalkeeper Amber Barnes (1997-2000), a reunion committee co-chair, looks forward to sharing the tradition of Ohio State women’s soccer with former and current players.

“The reunion will be a very exciting time for women’s soccer at Ohio State,” Barnes, the OSU leader in career shutouts with 22.5, said. “The tradition aspect of the 10-year anniversary is a special opportunity to send a message to the current players. It will be an exciting and unique opportunity to have members of the first team here to enjoy the celebration with current players.”

Since it’s first game September 5, 1993 – a 1-0 triumph over Dayton – Ohio State women’s soccer has competed in the top levels of the Big Ten Conference and the national scene. In nine seasons Ohio State has posted 14, 13 and 12-win campaigns and has culminated its rise to the top of the Big Ten with appearances in the conference tournament championship match in 1998 and 2002, winning the 2002 tournament title to earn the program’s first NCAA tournament bid.

Notable Buckeyes from those squads who have helped build the Ohio State tradition will be honored at both halftime of the Indiana State match and at the ensuing banquet Saturday. Amongst the group are 1994 All-Big Ten performers Jody Stranges (1994-1997), a 2003 Ohio State Varsity “O” Hall of Fame Inductee and four-time all-conference honoree, Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97), OSU’s career points leader, and Bree Blakely (1993-96), the first Buckeye to earn First Team All-Big Ten status. 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jennifer Plante (1995-1998) also will be honored, while 1998 All-Big Ten and Great Lakes Region selection Becky Borchers (1995-1998) will be on hand as well.

Ohio State head coach Lori Walker envisions the celebration as an opportunity for her current players to gain an appreciation for those who preceded them in Ohio State women’s soccer.

“Tradition is a foundation of any successful program,” Walker, who has been at the helm of the Buckeye program since 1996, said. “A 10-year anniversary marks an establishment of that tradition and is certainly worthy of celebration. I am excited to be able to gather those outstanding players from the past that we constantly use as examples and give our current players the chance to know them by face rather than by name.”

Further details on the “A Celebration of 10” reunion events and ticket packages may be view at this link

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