Oct. 29, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-9-1, 4-5-1), winners of three of its last four, play host to two non-conference foes this week as the Buckeyes will face Kent State on senior night this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and conclude the 2002 regular season against Cincinnati on Saturday at noon.

The Ohio State soccer program will honor the seniors on the 2002 squad prior to the Kent State match. Concluding their Buckeye careers on the home stand will be defender Shelley Besson, defender Becky Broering, forward Lindsay Eckles, midfielder Kiley Enmark, defender Sarah Lanham, defender Jen Miller and goalkeeper Anna Mitchell.

Ohio State senior co-captain Jen Miller was recognized by Soccer America for her efforts in consecutive 1-0 wins over both Wisconsin and Minnesota on the weekend of Oct. 18-20. In the Minnesota match, Miller netted the game-winning goal in the 107th minute of play for the double-overtime victory.

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 to wins in three of its last four contests since taking over the OSU net.

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

Ohio State faced its sixth ranked opponent of 2002 as they traveled to State College, Pa. to take on the No. 10 Nittany Lions.

Penn State struck early on an unassisted goal from Joana Lohman just 2:06 into the match. Ohio State would answer in the 29th minute, however, as senior forward Lindsay Eckles received a well-placed corner kick from sophomore midfielder Paige Harrison and fired a shot into the PSU net to knot the score at one apiece.

Penn State, however, would net two unanswered second half goals to take a 3-1 lead before OSU senior defender Jen Miller ignited another Buckeye rally blasting a shot from 30 yards out into the PSU net to close the deficit to just one goal.

The Nittany Lions iced the match in the 83rd minute as the Big Ten’s leading scorer Christie Welsh headed a shot past OSU keeper Emily Haynam following a serving pass from the right side for the final tally of the match.

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 56-54-6 record (.509) with OSU, including two 12-plus win campaigns. She is 21-32-5 (.405) in Big Ten play and stands 69-77-7 (.474) overall as a collegiate coach following a two-year stint at Kansas.

Kent State steps out of the Mid-American Conference for its 2002 regular season finale. KSU is currently 6-9-2 overall and 3-6-1 in MAC play.

The Golden Flashes have been led this year by a pair of forwards in Lauren Covay and Lauren Caminiti. Covay leads KSU in both goals (7) and points (17), while Caminiti leads the squad with six assists and is second in total points with 16.

Head coach Ray Marinaro is in the midst of his second year at the helm of the Kent State program and has amassed a 12-20-2 record.

The Buckeyes and Golden Flashes met for the first time in the 2001 season with OSU claiming the 5-0 decision. The Buckeyes currently hold a 5-4 ledger in matches versus teams currently competing in the MAC conference.

The Bearcats find themselves at the top of the Conference USA standings once again in 2002. UC suffered its first loss in 18 league matches to St. Louis at home on Friday, but still has a chance at claiming its second consecutive C-USA regular season title.

Now in her 20th season as UC head coach, Meridy Glenn has compiled a 224-126-27 career record making her one of the winningest active coaches in all of NCAA women’s soccer.

The Bearcats are led on the defensive side by goalkeeper Tracy Hale who has helped the UC defense hold its opponents to just 10 goals in 17 games so far this season, including eight shutouts. Hale’s 0.56 goals against average is tops amongst C-USA keepers. Offensively, the Bearcats are led by forward Amy Simonson, who has netted 14 points on a team-high seven goals.

Cincinnati has claimed three of the four all-time meetings between the two schools with the Buckeyes claiming the last match by a 5-1 count in 1996. Prior to that contest, UC had outscored OSU by a 5-1 margin in claiming the first three meetings.

Ohio State is among the leaders in the Big Ten in shot attempts averaging 16.2 per contest and have continued to add to its staggering advantage in the shot attempt department this season as the Buckeyes once again out shot its opponent 11-10 in the Penn State loss. OSU combined to out shoot Wisconsin and Minnesota by a combined figure of 44-16 in both of the shutout victories the week of Oct. 14. This weekend’s performance has widened the margin of shots to an astounding 259-159 Buckeye edge, including a 141-81 ledger in shots on goal. The Buckeyes are averaging 16.2 shots per game compared to their counterparts at 9.9.

Friday’s match with Penn State marked Ohio State’s sixth ranked opponent of the 2002 season. So far OSU is 0-5-1 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.

A handful of career records are in jeopardy of falling in the 2002 season as senior Lindsay Eckles, a Hilliard, Ohio native, needs just three goals to take over the top spot from Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97), who finished her Buckeye career with 30 goals. In addition, Eckles is just six points shy of overtaking second place on the all-time points list.

Jen Miller also has a shot to climb up the OSU charts in career assists. She has moved into a tie for third all-time with 13 career marks and needs four more this season to take over as second in assists in Buckeye history.

Ohio State embarks on its second consecutive participation in the Big Ten Tournament. OSU’s first round opponent has yet to be settled as the tournament draw is still pending the conclusion of a postponed match between Illinois and Purdue. Ohio State has secured the seventh-seed in the tourney and awaits either Purdue or Michigan depending on the result of the Illinois-Purdue match, which is set to be completed Sunday Nov. 3.