Oct. 22, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-8-1, 4-4-1), looks to extend its three-game winning streak as the Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa. Friday for a match with nationally-ranked Penn State (13-2-1, 8-1-0). Kickoff with the No. 10 ranked Nittany Lions is set for 7 p.m.

Ohio State sophomore goalkeeper Emily Haynam earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts in shutout wins over both Wisconsin and Minnesota on Oct. 18 and Oct. 20, respectively. Haynam, who was inserted into the starting lineup in OSU’s 2-1 win over Illinois on Oct. 13, has fueled Ohio State’s current three-game win streak allowing just one goal in the three contests since taking over the OSU net.

Hayman collected five saves in Friday’s 1-0 win at Wisconsin and two saves Sunday in another 1-0 triumph over Minnesota in double-overtime.

Ohio State claimed a pair of shutout victories at both Wisconsin and Minnesota this past weekend. The wins have moved the Buckeyes into sixth place in the Big Ten standings and even with fifth place Indiana in the win column with four.

On Friday night, OSU snapped Wisconsin’s four-game winning streak with a 1-0 triumph in Madison. Buckeye sophomore forward Lisa Grubb netted the match-winning score as she fired a shot that fell just out of the reach of the Badger keeper. OSU needed nearly 107 minutes to claim a win at Minnesota on Sunday. Despite outshooting the Golden Gophers by a 30-4 count, the Buckeyes found themselves in a 0-0 deadlock at the end of regulation. The two teams played to a scoreless first overtime period and were still knotted at 0-0 into the late stages of the second overtime stanza when Buckeye senior defender Jen Miller fired a free kick from the middle of the Minnesota zone and into the high-right side of the net for the 1-0 victory.

Ohio State women’s soccer head coach Lori Walker signed a new three-year contract on October 4th that will keep her at the helm of the Buckeye program through the 2006 season.

“The three-year contract exemplifies the commitment Ohio State has to the women’s soccer program and the trust that the athletics department has in my goals for the program and the direction we are headed,” Walker said. “That sense of trust validates our pursuit of being a national contender for years to come. The new contract will definitely help us in recruiting.”

Ohio State director of athletics Andy Geiger is pleased to extend coach Walker’s tenure at the university.

“We are delighted to have Lori continue her work in building the Ohio State women’s soccer program into a Big Ten and national contender,” Geiger said.

Now in her sixth season as head coach, Walker has amassed a 56-53-6 record (.513) with OSU, including two 12-plus win campaigns. She is 21-31-5 (.412) in Big Ten play and stands 69-76-7 (.477) overall as a collegiate coach following a two-year stint at Kansas.

Penn State, who is 8-1 in Big Ten play, has secured a tie for the regular season conference title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming 2002 Big Ten tournament.

The Nittany Lions, who lead the Big Ten in scoring at 2.56 goals per game, boast several players who have tallied 20 points or more on the season in senior and incumbent Big Ten Player of the Year Christie Welsh (25 points on 11 goals and three assists), juniors Heidi Drummond, who has won the last two Big Ten offensive player of the week awards (25 points on seven goals and 11 assists), and Joanna Lohman (20 points on six goals and eight assists), and freshman Tiffany Weimer (24 points on 10 goals and four assists). Each member of the foursome is among the top ten in at least one of the major conference statistical leaders.

Penn State head coach Paula Wilkins is in the midst of her second season as Nittany Lion head coach. She has amassed a 34-6-2 record and two Big Ten titles in her brief stint in State College. Wilkins was named Co-Big Ten Coach of the Year along with OSU’s Lori Walker in 2001.

PSU holds the all-time series edge at 7-3 over OSU and has never lost to OSU in State College, holding a 5-0 advantage versus the Buckeyes at home.

Ohio State snapped Penn State’s 29-game unbeaten streak as it scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of play and held on to the lead to upset No. 4 Penn State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the 2001 Big Ten regular season finale. The win snapped the Big Ten champion Nittany Lions’ streak that dated back to the 1999 season.

The Buckeyes came out flying high and scored quickly. Forward Emily Thorpe brought the ball down the left wing and found a cutting Lisa Grubb open in the center of the box. Grubb turned to the net, dribbled past a defender and PSU goalkeeper Emily Oleksiuk to put the ball in the empty net for the 1-0 lead at 6:20. In the 10th minute, Grubb collected a loose ball and carried it down the left side of the pitch. She then passed to a wide open Liz Mumley on the right wing. Mumley beat Oleksiuk to the goalkeeper’s right side and netted her first career goal as a Buckeye.

The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions met in the semifinals of the 2001 Big Ten tournament on Nov. 9. PSU applied pressure to the OSU defense early with seven shots in the first half and carried on for a 2-0 victory. Stephanie Pezzullo scored on a ball that hit the cross bar and trickled in for the 1-0 lead. Christie Welsh and Heidi Drummond collected assists on the goal from 15 yards away.

PSU came out in the second and added an insurance goal 1:12 into the period. Stephanie Smith chipped the ball over Buckeye goalkeeper Jen Heaney to pad the Nittany Lions’ lead.

Ohio State has been an active competitor in Big Ten women’s soccer since 1993 and has amassed an overall conference record of 32-61-5 (.352). The Buckeyes have now won three straight conference matches over Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dating back to last season, Ohio State has a 8-4-1 ledger over its last 14 regular season conference matches, including a win over then-No. 4 Penn State on Oct. 26 of last season.

Ohio State leads the Big Ten in shot attempts averaging 18.0 per contest and have continued to add to its staggering advantage in the shot attempt department this season as the Buckeyes combined to out-shoot Wisconsin and Minnesota by a combined figure of 44-16 in both of the shutout victories. This weekend’s performance has widened the margin of shots to an astounding 248-149 Buckeye edge, including a 135-76 ledger in shots on goal. The Buckeyes are averaging 16.5 shots per game compared to their counterparts at 9.7.

Friday’s match with Penn State will mark Ohio State’s sixth ranked opponent of the 2002 season. So far OSU is 0-4-1 versus the country’s elite, but has held each contest to within two goals or less.

The Buckeyes performed well against the nation’s top programs during the 2001 season, collecting a 2-2 record that featured a win over then-No. 4 Penn State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Oct. 26 of 2001. In addition, OSU pushed top-ranked North Carolina last November as the Tarheels escaped Columbus with a tightly contested 2-0 victory.

Ohio State returns home to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to conclude the 2002 regular season with matches against intrastate rivals Kent State and Cincinnati. The Buckeyes and Golden Flashes take the field Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., while OSU plays host to the 22nd-ranked Bearcats Saturday evening with kick off also set for 7:30 p.m.