Oct. 12, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team will play host to No. 1 Penn State at 7 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Against the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes will try to break the NCAA attendance record of 6,527. The Ohio State athletic band will perform Script Ohio during halftime with children in the eighth grade and younger. The Scarlet and Gray then will travel to No. 24 Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. (EDT) in Minneapolis for their first road game in five games.

The Buckeyes (5-6-2; 2-4-0 Big Ten) and the Nittany Lions (14-0-0; 6-0-0 Big Ten) will meet for the first time since last season’s 2-0 Ohio State victory in the Big Ten tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. On Sunday, the Buckeyes will catch Minnesota (8-4-2; 5-1 Big Ten) as a winner of five straight games.

The Buckeyes’ match vs. the Nittany Lions will air on tape delay on College Sports Television (CSTV) at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Live stats via GameTracker will be available for all Ohio State home games and selected away matches at In addition, The Underground, OSU’s student radio station, will broadcast the Buckeyes’ home game vs. the Nittany Lions. The Underground’s call can be heard live at

Ohio State will try to set the national collegiate women’s soccer home attendance record Friday vs. Penn State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The “Break the Record” campaign aims to surpass the current national home attendance mark of 6,527 set during the North Carolina at Navy contest Sept. 26, 2003. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 6 are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more can purchase $2 tickets in advance by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS or by visiting The match also is Ohio State Alumni Night. OSU Alumni can purchase tickets for $2 with a valid Alumni Association membership card. In addition, $2 tickets are available for all fans who show their Ohio State vs. Michigan State football ticket at the gate. The football Buckeyes and Spartans meet the following day for Ohio State’s homecoming.

The attendance record at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is 3,006, set Nov. 3, 2001 when the Buckeyes played host to North Carolina.

Ohio State, which topped the Nittany Lions, 2-0, to capture the 2004 Big Ten Tournament title at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, will play host to Penn State for the third time in four meetings between the schools since 2003.

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 13 matches played thus far.

Co-captain Emily Francis has started 58 of 60 games in her two-year career at Ohio State. In 2005, Francis has started 12 of 13 matches.

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 comes 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 25-3-3 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 on Sunday. The Buckeyes’ winning percentage in Columbus stands at .661. So far, Ohio State has played 124 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 eight additional goals in the second half, scoring seven in the first stanza and 13 in the second. The Scarlet and Gray added 18 more shots in the second half (81-102) and increased their corner kicks (22-34).

Lisa Collison scored her team leading 10th goal vs. Indiana. Collison leads the Buckeyes in seven offensive categories. In addition to leading the squad in goals, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native heads the team in points (23), shots (49), shot percentage (.204), shots on goal (28) and shots on goal percentage (.571).

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 seventh time this season vs. Purdue. Lisa Collison, Caitlin Colfer, Carletta Arbulu notched an assist apiece vs. the Boilermakers. It was the second multiple-assist game for the Buckeyes of the weekend as Lara 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 and Purdue) has received the starting nod for eight 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 (912:42) for a 3-5-2 record, has 62 stops and yielded 16 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 nine saves in 181:16 minutes for a 2-1 record.

Head coach Lori Walker is just three 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
Year – 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

After the Penn State game, Ohio State will play at Minesota Sunday at 2 p.m., EDT. In 12 seasons, Ohio State has compiled a Big Ten mark of 49-58-11. Ohio State has finished the conference season above .500 five times, including a program-best 6-1-2 record in 2004.

Lisa Collison is second in the Big Ten in four different categories: goals (10), goals per game (0.77), points (23) and points per game (1.77). Collison also is fifth in the league in shots and shots per game, tallying 49 and averaging 3.77 a game. OSU goalkeeper, Staci Sinkway is third in the conference in saves, compiling 62 and is fourth in saves per game (5.17).

In conference games only, Ohio State is ranked in the Top 5 in five categories. The Buckeyes lead the conference in saves with 41 in six games and are third in points and goals, recording 32 and 11, respectively. Ohio State rounds out the Top 5 in shots (87) and goals per game (1.83).

In league contests, Collison leads the conference in shots (27), ranks third in points (12) and is tied for fourth in points per game (2.00). Goalkeeper Staci Sinkway leads the Big Ten in saves and saves per game in conference matches, compiling 37 for an average of 6.17 stops per game.

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 10 matches and has tallied one assist in 2005.

Penn State enters the match with a No. 1 ranking in three national polls. Guided by head coach Paula Wilkins, the Nittany Lions have a 14-0 overall record and are 6-0 in the Big Ten. Penn State remained undefeated with an 8-0 win over Iowa and a 3-1 defeat of Illinois last weekend.

Tiffany Weimer, a player of the year candidate, has led the team offensively with 21 goals. The senior is one game away from tying Brandi Chastain’s NCAA record of 15-consecutive games with at least one goal.

Penn State leads the series against Ohio State, winning 10 of the 14 games the two teams have played against each other since 1993. Last season, the Buckeyes lost to the Nittany Lions during the regular season (3-0), but defeated the then-No. 3 team during the championship match of the Big Ten tournament (2-0). The two Buckeye tallies were scored by sophomore Lara Dickenmann.

Minnesota, which does not play again until Sunday against Ohio State, boasts a five-game winning streak and is ranked 24th in the nation by Soccer America. The Golden Gophers are 8-4-2 overall and 5-1-0 in the Big Ten, with their one loss in the conference coming from Purdue (2-1). Head coach Mikki Denney Wright has guided the team to its best conference record in three years. The five wins this season equal the total number of conference wins for the last three years combined.

Freshman Lindsey Schwartz leads the teams in goals, tallying her sixth of the season against Illinois. Molly Schneider has given up only one goal in four games in front of the net. Schneider boasts a 0.63 goals against average following the team’s 2-1 win over Illinois.

The Golden Gophers lead the all-time series against Ohio State with eight wins in the teams 14 meetings. Ohio State tallied its third straight and fifth overall win over Minnesota last season, winning 4-0 during the regular season. The teams recorded a 1-1 tie in 1994.

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 take to the road Sunday at Minnesota for a 2 p.m., EDT, game. It is the first road contest for Ohio State since Sept. 25 at Michigan State. The Penn State game closes out a five-game homestand for the Buckeyes.

Following the game in Minneapolis, Ohio State will go to Northwestern Oct. 21 and Wisconsin Oct. 23 before returning to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Oct. 28 to close the regular season in a non-conference game against Morehead State. The Big Ten tournament w