No. 24 Ohio State Hosts Pittsburgh, Arizona This Week at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Aug 27, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 24 Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to improve on a 2-0 start to the 2013 campaign when it hosts Pittsburgh and Arizona this week and Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State takes on Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Wednesday before hosting Arizona at 6 p.m. Sunday.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes topped Morehead State, 3-2, in the 2013 opener Friday before edging Eastern Michigan, 2-1, in overtime Sunday. Lindsay Agnew scored the game-winner in the 85th minute Friday and notched the equalizer in the 60th minute Sunday while Ellyn Gruber tallied the game-winner in the 99th minute Sunday against Eastern Michigan.
Pittsburgh, under the direction of second-year head coach and former Ohio State assistant Greg Miller, is 1-0 on the season after tallying a 1-0 victory at Duquesne Sunday. Roosa Arvas tallied the Panthers’ lone goal in the 43rd minute while goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino made five saves to record the shutout.
The Buckeyes have won two of three meetings between the two schools, last picking up a 2-0 win at Pittsburgh in 2010.
Arizona went 2-0 on the opening weekend with wins over FIU and FAU. Jazmin Ponce and Alexandra Doller each tallied a pair of goals while goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman allowed two goals over the two contests.
Ohio State won the only previous meeting between the two schools, earning a 5-1 win at Arizona in 2010.
NEWCOMERS SEE EARLY TIME
Seven newcomers have seen time for the Buckeyes in the first two games of the 2013 campaign including Lindsay Agnew, Alexis Degler, Nicole Miyashiro, Nichelle Prince, Taylor Schissler, Bridget Skinner and Kayla Varner. Agnew and Schissler have each started both matches while Degler, Prince and Varner each have earned a start.
FULLER CONTINUES STREAK
Senior defender and co-captain Megan Fuller has been a stalwart on the back line for the Buckeyes over her career. The Bondurant, Iowa, native has not missed a minute of game time since the final game of the 2011 campaign in the Sweet 16 at Duke.
BUCKEYES IN THE TOP 25
Ohio State sits at No. 24 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s poll this week. In addition, the Buckeyes are ranked fourth in the Great Lakes region.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 17th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to eight NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12) as well as three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 188-124-28 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 201-147-29.
NINE AT HOME AND FREE ADMISSION
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 20 against Illinois. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
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 101-38-13 all-time.
- Ohio State is 82-21-11 since 2003 and 57-16-7 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009, 9-2-2 in 2010, 7-4 in 2011 and 9-1-1 in 2012.
Ohio State travels to Boston to face Boston College Sept. 5 and Northeastern Sept. 8.
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