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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team heads to the Sunshine State to take on Miami and Florida Gulf Coast this weekend. The match with the Hurricanes is set for 8 p.m. Friday while kickoff with the Eagles is slated for 6 p.m. Sunday.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
The improved to 2-0-0 on the year with a 4-2 win over Wright State Tuesday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes again jumped out to the early lead on goals by Bridget Skinner (5’) and Morgan Wolcott (10’) before tallies by Nikki Walts (59’) and Nya Cason (74’) sealed the match in the second half.
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 217-148-37 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 230-171-38
PRINCE EARNS BRONZE WITH CANADA
Nichelle Prince earned a bronze medal with Canada’s 2-1 win over Brazil Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo.
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 Aug. 16. Canada then topped host Brazil, 2-1, Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo to earn the bronze medal.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is receiving votes in the latest NSCAA released Tuesday. The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten teams either ranked or receiving votes in the poll. In addition, the Buckeyes are ranked eighth in the Great Lakes region.
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.
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 18-0-1 when scoring at least two goals dating back to the start of 2014. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 last season and are 2-0-0 after scoring at least twice in both matches this season.
- Arden Holden, Haley Walker-Robinson and Nikki Walts have played all 180 minutes over the Buckeyes’ first two matches in 2016.
Miami is 2-0-0 on the year after topping North Florida and Stetson last weekend by a combined 10-0 margin. Freshman Kristina Fisher was named NSCAA College Player of the Week after scoring three goals and adding three assists in the two matches. Phallon Tullis-Joyce has seen the majority of time in goal, making six saves in two matches.
Friday will mark the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Hurricanes.
SCOUTING FLORIDA GULF COAST
Florida Gulf Coast is 1-1-0 after splitting a pair of matches last weekend at USF and against UC Davis. Ali Rogers has scored both goals for the Eagles while Melissa Weck has posted a 1.00 goals-against average in two starts.
Sunday will mark the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Eagles.
AGNEW, WOLCOTT NAMED 2016 CAPTAINS
Seniors Lindsay Agnew and Morgan Wolcott have been named captains of the 2016 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker announced Aug. 22. In addition, Walker announced junior Nikki Walts will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.
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 Big Ten home opener set for 7 p.m. Sept. 23 against Nebraska. 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 217-148-37 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 230-171-38.
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 119-46-17 all-time.
- Ohio State is 100-29-15 since 2003 and 54-17-7 since 2009.
Ohio State travels to face nationally-ranked Virginia Tech Sept. 1 and West Virginia Sept. 4.