Feb. 3, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State women's soccer head coach Lori Walker announced the team's 2006 spring and regular-season schedule Friday. A spring highlight for the Buckeyes includes a match-up against Portland, the 2005 NCAA Division I National Champion, April 9. During the regular season, Ohio State will host the Ohio State Tournament Sept. 15-17, before it kicks off its Big Ten schedule Sept. 22. The Buckeyes' regular-season slate also features seven teams that advanced to the 2005 NCAA tournament.
The spring schedule begins April 8 at the Nike National Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., where the Buckeyes will face the U.S. Women's Under-20 National Team. The U.S. squad recently won the 2006 CONCACAF tournament in Veracruz, Mexico. Ohio State then will take on Portland, who defeated UCLA to win the NCAA title. OSU continues its road swing, traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio, for the Blue Chip College Showcase, where the Buckeyes will meet Vanderbilt April 15. Up next is a trip to Morgantown, Va., for a match-up against West Virginia April 23. The Buckeyes return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus April 29 to wrap up their spring slate vs. the Pennsylvania Strikers.
Ohio State will play two exhibition matches at JOMS against Wake Forest and Texas A&M Aug. 16 and Aug. 18, respectively, before kicking off the regular season vs. Kent State Aug. 25. OSU wraps up the weekend homestand two days later (Aug. 27) against Xavier. Both games will be a part of a six-match weekend at JOMS, as the Buckeye men's soccer team will be hosting the Ohio State Classic.
OSU then will make an appearance on the West Coast, as it will participate in the San Diego tournament, Sept. 1-3. The Buckeyes will face Pepperdine and San Diego during the weekend, before they travel to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky Sept. 8.
The Scarlet and Gray return to JOMS, Sept. 15-17 to host the Ohio State Tournament, where it will welcome California, Dayton and Washington. The Buckeyes will match-up against the Golden Bears and Huskies.
OSU returns to the road to open its Big Ten schedule against Purdue and Indiana. While in the Hoosier state, Ohio State will face the Boilermakers Sept. 22 and the Hoosiers Sept. 24. The Buckeyes follow up their road trip with a weekend homestand vs. 2005 Big Ten Champion Wisconsin and Northwestern, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, respectively.
OSU plays its fourth and fifth road conference games of the year when it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, to face Iowa and Champaign, Ill., to take on Illinois. The Buckeyes then will take a break from conference and weekend action, hosting Wright State Wed., Oct. 11.
Ohio State's final road game is vs. Penn State, Oct. 15 and then the Buckeyes will wrap up their regular-season schedule at JOMS vs. Michigan State, Oct. 20, Michigan, Oct. 22 and Minnesota, Oct. 27.
The Big Ten tournament, which will feature eight of 11 league teams, is Nov. 2-5 in Iowa City, Iowa.