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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team opens the 2016 season against Kent State at 7 p.m. Friday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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A LOOK AT 2016
The Buckeyes return 10 starters and 20 letterwinners off last year’s team that finished 13-7-3 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, marking Ohio State’s sixth NCAA Tournament in the last seven years. Forward Nichelle Prince returns after scoring a team-best six goals while tying for the team lead with seven assists. Midfielder Nikki Walts and forward Lindsay Agnew also will be back after combining for nine goals and 14 assists a year ago. In all, the Buckeyes welcome back players who accounted for 79 percent of the goals and 91 percent of the assists from 2015.
BUCKS PICKED FIFTH IN B1G POLL
Ohio State was selected fifth in the Big Ten preseason poll, the conference office announced Aug. 15. Penn State was picked first, followed by Rutgers, Wisconsin, Michigan and the Buckeyes.
WALKER IN 20TH SEASON AT HELM
Head coach Lori Walker is in her 20th season at Ohio State in 2016. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001 and 2010) has led the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 215-148-37 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 228-171-38
PRINCE FIRST BUCKEYE IN OLYMPICS
Nichelle Prince was named to the Canadian Olympic team this past summer, becoming the first women’s soccer Buckeye to compete in the Olympics when she came off the bench in Canada’s 3-1 win over Zimbabwe Aug. 6 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The senior played 21 minutes in a 2-1 win over Germany Aug. 9 and again came off the bench in the 85th minute of a 2-0 loss to the Germans in the semifinals Tuesday afternoon. Canada takes on Brazil in the bronze-medal match at noon ET Friday.
SOME MORE NOTES
- Nichelle Prince enters 2016 tied for 11th on the Ohio State career goals list with 22. The senior also has moved into ninth place on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 59.
- Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013. Sammy Edwards is the only other Buckeye on the roster with a hat trick, scoring three times in a 4-2 win against Dayton in 2014.
- The win against No. 14 Virginia Tech in the NCAA second round, paired with a 1-0 overtime win against No. 8 Florida in August, gave Ohio State a pair of wins over Top 15 teams last season. The last time Ohio State defeated two Top 15 teams in the same season was 2012 when the Buckeyes topped No. 15 Minnesota and No. 8 Virginia on their way to the College Cup.
- This season, the Buckeyes are slated to face five teams in the NSCAA preseason poll, including Penn State (No. 2), West Virginia (No. 6), Rutgers (No. 10), BYU (No. 16) and Virginia Tech (No. 17).
- Ohio State is 16-0-1 when scoring at least two goals over the last two seasons. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 last season.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
The Golden Flashes, selected to win the Mid-American Conference East Division in the preseason coaches’ poll, finished 2015 with an 11-6-3 record, 7-4-0 in MAC play under the direction of head coach Rob Marinaro.
Ohio State holds a 4-0-1 lead in the all-time series after playing to a scoreless draw in the most-recent meeting in the 2006 season-opener.
NINE AT HOME AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with the home opener against Kent State set for 7 p.m. Aug. 19. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 20th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 215-148-37 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 228-171-38.
JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the home to the Buckeyes, has provided quite the home-field advantage for the women’s soccer team. Some stats about the facility:
- The home team is 117-46-17 all-time.
- Ohio State is 98-29-15 since 2003 and 52-17-7 since 2009.
Ohio State hosts Wright State at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.