COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State Buckeyes have swept the Big Ten Conference’s weekly awards as Lisa Collison was named Offensive Player of the Week and Lauren “Taz” Robertson was named Defensive Player of the Week. The duo was honored for their efforts in Ohio State’s 1-0 win over Penn State Friday in State College.
Robertson, in her first game back from a four-game injury leave, recorded a career-high 11 saves in the Buckeyes’ win over the nation’s 21st-ranked team. She faced 30 total shots, including 18 in the second half, in preserving her 17th career shutout (second all-time at Ohio State) and fifth this season. A junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., Robertson has now been honored with a Big Ten weekly award five times.
Robertson, for her efforts, was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com team of the week this week. Three Buckeyes Collison, Paige Maxwell and now Robertson have been honored on the TopDrawer national team this year.
Collison netted the Ohio State/Penn State game’s only goal. She poked in the game-winner, with assists to Courtney Jenkins and Ashley Bowyer, in the 22nd minute. The win snapped Penn State’s 61-game unbeaten streak against Big Ten Conference teams, which dated back to 1995. With the tally, Collison tied a school record for career goals with 35 and she tied Paige Maxwell for the 2008 Ohio team lead with seven goals and 16 points. Collison ranks fourth on OSU’s all-time career points list with 80. The senior forward from Niagara Falls, Ontario collects her second Big Ten weekly award of the season.
The individual honors increased Ohio State’s Big Ten weekly awards total this year to five. The honorees: