Aug. 30, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team will travel to the Puma Classic hosted by Pepperdine University at Tari Frahm Rokus Field Friday and Sunday.

On the first day of competition, the Buckeyes will match up against San Diego at 4 p.m. EDT. OSU then will meet No. 20 Pepperdine at 5 p.m. EDT.

MAKE IT 100 Head coach Lori Walker earned her 100th OSU win Aug. 27 when Ohio State shut out Xavier, 2-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Walker’s Buckeye career record is 100-74-15 in 10 seasons and her overall career mark is 113-97-16 in 12 seasons.

True freshman Lauren Robertson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 28 following her performances vs. Kent State and Xavier. Robertson is the first OSU goalkeeper since 1998 to record two shutouts in the first two games of the season. The last Buckeye keeper to accomplish the feat was Ohio State career shutouts leader Amber Barnes (1997-2000). Barnes recorded 22 shutouts in her four-year career and opened the `98 campaign with shutout victories against Evansville (1-0) and Louisville (5-0).

Prior to Barnes, only Stacey Smith (1993 and 1995) tallied consecutive shutouts in the first two games of a season. THREE AND COUNTING
The Buckeyes extended its shutout streak to three games dating back to last season when it defeated Morehead State, 5-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in its final match of 2005.

The double overtime game vs. Kent State marked the fourth time in program history Ohio State went into extra periods in its first match of the season. It was the first opening day double overtime match for the Buckeyes and their record in overtime games in season openers is 1-0-3. making the come back

On two other occasions the Buckeyes have followed with a win after recording a tie in their season opener. In 1994, OSU tied Marquette, 2-2, before scoring five goals against Louisville for a 5-2 victory. In 1997, Colgate played Ohio State to 1-1 tie, but the Scarlet and Gray shut out Bowling Green, 3-0, five days later.

Ali Schwach scored the first goal of her collegiate career against Xavier. A native of Mendota Heights, Minn., Schwach was the leading scorer for Saint Paul Academy in 2004 and 2005. During those same years, Schwach earned all-conference and all-state laurels, as well as team MVP honors.

Ohio State out shot its opponents during the opening weekend, 54-8. Against Kent State, OSU took 29 shots compared to KSU’s four. It was the same scenario vs. Xavier, with the Buckeyes firing 25 shot attempts to the Musketeers’ four.

Junior Lara Dickenmann scored the first goal of the 2006 season for the Buckeyes against Xavier. Dickenmann scored an unassisted goal at the 7:44 mark to give Ohio State the early 1-0 lead. Freshman Ali Schwach notched her first collegiate goal less than two minutes later for the 2-0 final.

Dickenmann, who plays the midfield, took 12 shots during the weekend with half (6) on goal.

Lisa Grubb, who missed the 2005 season because of injury, returned to the Buckeye starting lineup and immediately contributed with an assist in OSU’s 2-0 win over Xavier.

The Buckeye defense played all 200 minutes during its two-match weekend vs. Kent State and Xavier. Emily Francis, Melissa Miller, Keiana Mitchell and goalkeeper Lauren Robertson played complete games to help Ohio State accomplish the two-game shutout.

Following a full weekend in which all 11 Big Ten teams were in action, Ohio State is tied for second in the conference with a 1-0-1 (.750) record with Michigan and Penn State. Minnesota was the only team to notch two wins during opening weekend.

Statistically, the Buckeyes are first in the league in corner kicks with 31 and are second in shots with 54 attempts. Posting two shutouts in its first two games of the season, OSU is one of three leaders of the goals-against average category after 200 minutes of action.

Senior Lisa Grubb, who contributed 14 of the Buckeyes’ 31 shots, is tied for third in the Big Ten in shots. Grubb is averaging seven shots a game, which also is good for third in the conference. Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Lauren Robertson was one of three keepers to record two shutouts, which places her at the top of the save percentage and shutouts categories.

Ohio State will meet San Diego and Pepperdine for the first time in program history.

San Diego is coming off a 2-0 weekend (Aug. 25-27) in which it defeated Cal Poly, 3-2, and UC Santa Barbara, 2-0.

Junior forward Amy Epsten scored a goal in each game for the Toreros on six shot attempts.

Goalkeepers Brittany Cameron and Karen Cook each played 90 minutes during the weekend. Cameron made six stops vs. Cal Poly and Cook had five saves against UC Santa Barbara.

Head coach for San Diego is Ada Greenwood (Dominican, 1997). Prior to the 2006 season, Greenwood has compiled a 27-28-7 USD and career record in three seasons.

No. 20 Pepperdine (1-1-0) was upset, 2-1, during the weekend of Aug. 25-27 by Cal Poly after notching a 5-0 shutout victory over Idaho. With two goals to her credit, freshman forward Sophia Medina is the Waves’ leading scorer. Coming off the bench, Medina tallied both her goals in Pepperdine’s season opening win.

Receiving the start in both matches is goalkeeper Kayla Stolte. Against Idaho, Stolte made two saves in 69:55 minutes before Kathryn Cumming played the remaining 20:05 minutes to help complete the shutout. In 93:48 minutes Stolte made three saves in an overtime match vs. Cal Poly.

Tim Ward (Cal Lutheran, 1993) is in his ninth season at the helm of the Waves. Ward earned his 100th career and Pepperdine victory after the win against Idaho, bringing his record to 100-46-18.

vs. Xavier
Ohio State shut out Xavier, 2-0, Aug. 27 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Lara Dickenmann scored the first goal for the Buckeyes in 2006 and freshman Ali Schwach tallied her first collegiate goal in head coach Lori Walker’s 100th Buckeye win.

Walker’s OSU career record now is 100-74-15 in ten seasons and her career mark stands at 113-97-16 in 12 seasons.

OSU put up 12 shots, including three on goal in the first half. Dickenmann put the Buckeyes on the board first with her unassisted goal from inside the 18-yard box at 7:44. Less than two minutes later, at the 9:22 mark, Schwach followed with a score from the far left wing of the 18-yard box. Lisa Grubb was credited with the assist. The Buckeyes had another chance to increase their lead with Grubb, who was on the pitch for a full 90, firing a shot from inside the 6-yard box. However, Musketeer keeper Anne Finnerty made the save at the top of the box to keep the score 2-0.

In the second half, OSU notched 13 more shots, including five on goal, but was unable to add to its lead. The Buckeye defense, once again led by goalkeeper Lauren Robertson and defenders Emily Francis, Melissa Miller, and Keiana Mitchell, all who played a full 90 minutes, limited Xavier to three shots in the stanza and four in the match.

Robertson made three saves compared to Finnerty’s six and the Scarlet and Gray held the corner kicks advantage, 10-0.

vs. Kent State
Ohio State played Kent State to a scoreless tie in double overtime Aug. 25 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the squad’s season opening match of 2006. OSU out shot KSU, 29-4, and four Buckeyes, including freshman goalkeeper Robertson played all 110 minutes.

Ohio State had several scoring opportunities in the first half. Dickenmann had two shots on goal in the stanza, both coming within the 18-yard box in the 21st and 10th minutes, respectively.

It was the same scenario in the second half with the Buckeyes putting up 13 shots compared to two for the Golden Flashes. Senior tri-captain Grubb had the best scoring chance for the squad at 33:49, as her shot in the 18-yard box hit the right post and bounced into KSU goalkeeper Alicia Fernandez’s hands.

Ohio State recorded six more shots in the extra periods, all in the second overtime. Taylor Smith had an opportunity to notch the golden goal for the Buckeyes at 6:45 in the second overtime, but Fernandez once again stepped up in the box to make the save. A scramble in the 6-yard box with 2:20 left in the final stanza nearly gave the Buckeyes the win, as several members of the Scarlet and Gray were in position to score.

Robertson made four saves on the day, while Fernandez tallied 11. The KSU defense had two team saves to its credit as well. In addition to out shooting Kent State, Ohio State also had more corner kicks (21-1).

Including Robertson, defenders Francis, Miller, and Mitchell played a full 110 minutes to help keep the Golden Flashes off the board.

Ohio State’s record at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is 80-38-10 and it has eight more matches at JOMS in 2006.

Emily Francis, Lisa Grubb and Melissa Miller were named 2006 team tri-captains by their teammates during the offseason.

“Our three captains carry a vast level of experience,” Lori Walker, who is entering her 10th season as head coach, said. “Each has participated at the highest level in soccer and has seen the highs and lows of our program. They have a very clear and united vision for the 2006 Buckeye team, as well as understand and respect the challenges of competing for championships. They are three of our most consistent and our toughest competitors who have learned to strive for excellence in every aspect of the game while maintaining balance in their lives. They will link the coaching staff with the players and will communicate and guide others along the way. “

A native of Alliance, Ohio, Francis will serve her second-consecutive season as captain, as she was voted captain by her teammates a year ago as a junior. Francis has started 63 of a possible 65 games in her three-year career at Ohio State.

Grubb will enter her sixth year of eligibility for the Buckeyes after suffering season-ending injuries in 2003 and 2005. Currently, the OSU all-time leader in goals with 31, Grubb also was a 2005 co-captain with Francis.

Miller, who redshirted her freshman year and is entering her fifth year at Ohio State, is the only current Buckeye to start every game since 2003 (65). Miller’s 65 consecutive starts is second behind former Buckeye Erica Nollen’s 89. In 2005, Miller was a Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten honoree.

Ohio State will play only one game next week when it travels to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.