Oct. 7, 1999

Game No. 13 vs. Illinois
Ohio State enters its match against Illinois on the heels of a three game winning streak. In their last three games, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponent by one or more goals and have amassed 53 shots.

Scouting the Fighting Illini
The Illini battled weather conditions and a two goal deficit against Northwestern last weekend. This was the second time that the Illinois team rallied from down 2-0, the first was against Missouri. The Illini scored with just 1:02 left to force overtime, only to lose 3-2.

Sophomore Lindsay Johnson dazzled the drenched fans along Lake Michigan. Johnson took on two defenders and nailed the tying goal just over the head of Northwestern’s Erin Ekeberg with just 2:53 left in the match. Both teams had opportunities in the extra session, but neither team was able to score. That marked the first tie in Illinois soccer history.

This season, the Illini are led by sophomore Emily Brown. Brown leads the Illini with 10 goals (2 assists) for a total of 22 points. Lisa Baldwin is second in team scoring with 12 pints (6 goals).

Series History
The all-time series is tied at 1-1 between the teams. OSU won the first contest against the Illini in Champaign, Ill., 3-1 in 1997. In 1998, Illinois smothered the Buckeyes 5-1 in the Big Ten opener. Baldwin scored three goals, Julie Schueller netted the fourth and former Illini Sarah Aberle fired a shot into the net, securing the win for UI.

Game No. 14 vs. Iowa
OSU enters its match against Iowa looking to improve on its all-time series with the program. Iowa, 7-4-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the Big Ten, won both of its conference games last weekend, defeating Northwestern, 3-1, on Friday and Michigan State, 1-0, Sunday.

Iowa goals scored against Northwestern were tallied by Jenny Sturm, Sarah Lynch and Laren Kriner.

Sophomore Missy Wickart stopped six shots in the victory. On Sunday, the lone Hawkeye goal was scored by Lynch during the 31st minute. Wickart registered her second complete shut out of the season.

Scouting the Hawkeyes
The Hawkeyes are entering their third season as a varsity sport and are counting on experience and talent to be a contender in the Big Ten. With 22 letterwinners and eight fabulous freshmen, head coach Stephanie Gabbert is eager to see how the season turns up.

“With everyone back from last season and eight new players, it will improve our team,” said Gabbert.

Leading the midfield is freshman Sarah Lynch. Lynch leads the Big Ten in scoring with 28 points (12 goals, 4 assists). Junior Kate Walse is tied at fifth place along with Buckeye Lindsay Eckles for 13 points.

It’s a year of firsts for goalkeeper Melissa Wickart, who steps into the goal box replacing graduating Hawkeye Gabe Mauren. Wickart is 11th in the Big Ten for goalkeeping. In nine games, she’s amassed 59 saves and carries a goals against average of 1.46.

Series History
The all-time series between the two teams is tied at 1-1. In the first meeting in 1997, Iowa’s inaugural year, OSU blanked Iowa 3-0 in Iowa City, Iowa. In 1998, the Hawkeyes shutout OSU 3-0 at the OSU Sports Field.

Last Week’s Action
The Ohio State women’s soccer team earned a 2-0 win and improved its record against Wisconsin at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sunday Oct. 3. The game was scoreless until Emily Thorpe scored off of a throw in with just one minute remaining in the first half. Kiley Enmark scored in the 56th minute to put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0. The goal came off a Katy Traeger pass. Enmark found the back of the net after a shot from outside the box.

The Ohio State Buckeyes played 90 minutes of intense soccer, defeating Minnesota 2-1 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Minnesota took advantage of the Buckeyes in the 11th minute with a goal from Nicole Lee. OSU amassed 14 shots on the Golden Gophers but was scoreless in the first half.

Jamie Minteer put the Buckeyes on the scoreboard in the 78th minute, with an assist from Katie Martorella Minteer anchored the shot over Minnesota goalkeeper Dana Larson.

A pass from Courtney Nein allowed Martorella to fire a shot into the net in the 81st minute as Larson scrambled for a series of shots that were aimed at the goal.

Shutout No. 6 for Barnes
Junior goalkeeper Amber Barnes recorded her sixth shutout against Wisconsin October 3. Barnes is No.1 in the Big Ten for Shutouts. Illinois goalkeeper Amy Bessette is tied for fifth place with 3 shutouts, while Iowa’s Wickart takes eighth place with 2.5.

What’s Next?
The Buckeyes play host to their final three Big Ten teams at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. On Oct. 15, OSU takes on Michigan State at 4 p.m. OSU lead the series 3-2, winning 2-1 at home in 1998.

On Oct. 17, Northwestern returns to post a win for the Wildcats. NU trails in the series 2-3, losing in Columbus last season 1-0.

The Buckeyes end the Big Ten season against Penn State. Penn State leads the all-time series 4-2. The last meeting between the two teams was the final round of the Big Ten Championship. The No. 1 seeded Lady Lions shutout seventh-seed OSU 2-0, earning PSU a berth into the NCAA Championship.