Oct. 19, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team will travel to Evanston, Ill., where it will face Northwestern at 3 p.m. EDT before heading to Madison, Wis., to battle Wisconsin at 1 p.m. EDT.

The Buckeyes (6-7-2; 3-5-0 Big Ten) are coming off an upset win over then-No. 24 Minnesota Sunday, recording a weekend split after falling to top-ranked Penn State in a tough 1-0 loss.

With three matches left in the regular season schedule, the Buckeyes will return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for their final home game at 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

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Defender Melissa 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 games. Miller has not let up in 2005, receiving the starting nod in Ohio State’s 15 matches played thus far.

Co-captain Emily Francis has started 60 of 62 games in her two-year career at Ohio State. In 2005, Francis has started 14 of 15 matches.

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, half of Ohio State’s total output this year (22).

With her 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 11th in OSU single-season assists, tallying five in 15 games. Other than Dickenmann, who also holds the Buckeye single-season assist record with 12, Carleta Arbulu was the last OSU freshman to record five assists in a season from just a year ago.

With three games remaining in the regular season, senior Danielle Dietrich climbed toward the top of the Buckeye record books. In her four-year career, Dietrich is eighth all-time in goals, tied for fourth in assists and is eighth in career points (51).

Lisa Collison recorded her third game-winning goal, 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 Sunday, the Buckeyes recorded their third blanking of the season. Ohio State shut out Xavier (3-0), Iowa (3-0) and Minnesota (1-0).

Lisa Collison’s two-goal game vs. Iowa is 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. The honor came after Collison tallied a three-goal weekend vs. Illinois and Iowa Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

Ohio State added two junior walk-ons to the 2005 squad. Becky Hock and 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 to top-ranked Penn State, 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 seven in the first stanza and 14 in the second. The Scarlet and Gray added 18 more shots in the second half (98-116) and increased their corner kicks (27-35).

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 (60), shot percentage (taken at least 30 shots) (.204), shots on goal (30) and game-winning goals (3).

Caitlin Colfer is a top of the assist category, having tallied five. 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 apiece vs. Purdue, making it the second multiple-assist game for the Buckeyes over the weekend of Oct. 7 as 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 Sept. 17. 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 and Minnesota) has received the starting nod for 11 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 (1047:42) for a 3-6-2 record, has 76 stops and yielded 17 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 245:45 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 110-94-15.

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.

Through updated Big Ten statistics for the week of Oct. 17, Ohio State is ranked No. 2 in team saves. In 15 matches the Buckeyes have compiled 99 saves for an average of 6.60 saves a game, which is two stops behind league leader Iowa (101).

Freshman Lisa Collison is the top freshman in the Big Ten, holding down seven Top 5 offensive categories. The Niagara Falls, Ontario, native is third in goals (11), goals per game (0.73), points (25), points per game (1.67) and game-winning goals (3). Collison also is fourth in shots with 60 and shots per game, averaging four a match.

Teammate Lara Dickenmann is in the Top 10 in shots and shots per game, registering 46 and 3.54, respectively. In the assists category, Caitlin Colfer is just two assists (5) short of conference leader Clare Grimwood of Minnesota (7), good for a tie for eighth place. Colfer’s 0.33 assists per game also ranks her tied for eighth.

OSU goalkeeper Staci Sinkway is holding her own on the defensive side of the pitch, ranking second in saves with 76 and third in saves per game with 5.43.

In league only matches, the Buckeyes are fifth or better in five standings. Ohio State is first in the conference in saves, compiling 57 in eight games. The Scarlet and Gray are tied for fourth in shutouts, with three to their credit and are fifth and tied for fifth in shots (124), goals (12) and assists (12).

Individually, Lisa Collison holds down the top spot in shots with 38 for a third-place average of 4.75 shots per game. Collison also is the highest ranking Buckeye in points with 14, good for a tie for third place. The freshman midfielder is tied for third in goals (6) and game-winning scores (2), while ranked fourth in goals per game (0.75).

Lara Dickenmann is tied for ninth with teammate Danielle Dietrich in shots with 22 a piece. Dickenmann is tied for ninth in points with eight and is tied for eighth in goals with three in league matches.

Keeper Staci Sinkway holds down the top spots in saves and saves per game in league contests, notching 51 and 6.38 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 14 matches and has tallied one assist in 2005.

Northwestern owns a 8-7-1 overall record, including a 1-6-1 mark in the Big Ten. Recently, the Wildcats dropped a hard fought 2-1 decision to Purdue Oct. 16 and have lost six of their last eight matches. Earlier in the season, Northwestern reeled off six consecutive wins before being knocked off by Illinois in conference action.

Leading the Wildcats in scoring is Kelsey Hans. In 15 contests, Hans has compiled six goals and three assists for 15 points. Second in the goals category is Tabitha Lowey. The senior midfielder has recorded five goals for 10 points in 16 matches. Splitting time in the net for Northwestern is Whitney Jones and Leslie Gittings. Jones has seen the most action, playing in all 16 games for an 8-7-1 ledger. Gittings saw time in one NU game, but did not receive the decision.

Leading Northwestern is Jenny Haigh. The Wisconsin alum is in her fifth season as the NU head coach.

Ohio State holds a 7-3-1 series lead over Northwestern, including a four-game unbeaten streak dating back to 2001. Last season, the Buckeyes topped the Wildcats, 2-1, in Columbus, Ohio, en route to a 9-0-1 regular season home mark.

Wisconsin comes into its match against Ohio State with an overall mark of 6-8-2 and a league record of 1-6-1. Leading the Badgers is Kara Kabellis. The junior midfielder heads the Badgers in goals with two and has three assists for seven points.

In the net for Wisconsin is Lynn Murray and Stefani Szczechowski. Murray has started 11 matches for a 4-2-1 record, including one shutout. Szczechowski has received the starting nod in three contests, recording a 0-2-0 mark.

Dean Duerst is in his 12th season heading the Badgers. Duerst, who came to the Badger program as an assistant in 1987, helped lead Wisconsin to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season with an overall record of 16-6-1.

Prior to the 2001 season, the Buckeyes had a 2-6-1 ledger vs. the Badgers since the inception of the OSU program in 1993. However, Ohio State has been able to make up ground in the all-time series, winning three of the last five matches and recording a five-game unbeaten streak since 2001. In 2004, Ohio State and Wisconsin played to a 0-0 double overtime tie in Madison, Wis.

Freshman midfielder Lisa Collison scored the game’s only goal with 31 seconds to play in the second overtime to propel Ohio State to a 1-0 victory Sunday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Minneapolis. The win snapped Minnesota’s five-game conference win streak.

The Buckeyes threw the ball in on the sideline at the feet of Lara Dickenmann, who served the ball to Carleta Arbulu. From about 12 yards out, Arbulu flicked the ball to Collison, who charged in, knocking it in from 6 yards out. The goal was the 11th goal of the season for Collison, the top freshman scorer in the Big Ten. It was her third game-winning goal of the season.

Ohio State out shot Minnesota 24-12, though each team fired six shots on goal. Staci Sinkway made four saves in the first half before Courtney Cripps played the second half and both overtime periods. Cripps made two saves, perhaps none bigger than her save with one minute and thirty seconds left in the first overtime, when she stopped Minnesota’s Kaitlin Neary’s breakaway.

Ohio State had a scoring chance early in the game. Taylor Smith had a header hit the post with 6:10 to play in the first half. Ohio State fired 11 shots in the first half, seven shots in the second half and three shots in each overtime period.

Minnesota took one more corner kick in the game than did Ohio State, 7-6, and was whistled for three more fouls, 28-25.

Ohio State dropped a tight 1-0 decision to No. 1 Penn State Oct. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After an early Penn State goal in the sixth minute, the Buckeyes played the undefeated Nittany Lions evenly through the remainder of the first half and held Penn State scoreless in the second stanza.

Tiffany Weimer wasted little time to put Penn State on the scoreboard, 1-0. She took a pass from Natalie Jacobs and chipped it from just outside the 18-yard line and over the head of a charging Staci Sinkway and into the goal 5:38 into the game. The score was Weimer’s 22nd goal this season and tied Brandi Chastain’s record for consecutive games with at least one goal.

Ohio State’s Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann headed several Buckeye scoring chances in the second half, but were unable to tie the match and extend Penn State to overtime. The pair accounted for six of Ohio State’s 13 shots in the game.

For the match, Penn State recorded 22 shots and fired 11 on goal, leading to 10 saves by Ohio State goalkeeper Sinkway. In corner kicks, Penn State finished the game with a 4-1 advantage.

In the first half, Penn State outshot the Buckeyes 9-6 and had five shots on goal to three by Ohio State. Each team took just one corner kick before the half and was whistled for 10 fouls. Sinkway made four saves for the Buckeyes, while Nittany Lion keeper Erin McLeod saved all three OSU shots.

The Buckeyes drew a season-high 2,301 fans Friday for the game against the top-ranked Nittany Lions. Ohio State had been trying to set an NCAA attendance record, but fell short of the goal. The attendance figure more than doubled Ohio State’s previous season high of 944.

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).

The Buckeyes return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 to close the regular season in a non-conference game against Morehead State. The Big Ten tournament will be up next, played Nov. 3-6 in Ann Arbor, Mich.