COLUMBUS, Ohio - Coming off of a hard-fought 2-1 loss at home to Pittsburgh on Sunday, Ohio State hits the West coast to take on the Toreros and Trojans this weekend in San Diego
The Buckeyes play No. 14 (NSCAA) San Diego at 10:30 p.m. ET Friday before taking on USC at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
11 AT HOME...AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes' schedule includes 11 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with Big Ten action kicking off against rival Michigan Sept. 27. New for 2009: admission to all Ohio State home soccer matches is free to all.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 13th-year head coach Lori Walker. Walker has guided the team to four NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller is in his second season as associate head coach and ninth overall with the Buckeyes. The 2009 season marks the second season for assistant coach Glen Tourville.
CONTINUING WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Forward Paige Maxwell, the Buckeyes' leading scorer with eight goals in 2008, already has a pair in 2009. The sophomore scored the game-winner in the Buckeyes' 2-0 win over Bowling Green and tied the game against Pitt on a header.
SHUTTING THEM DOWN
Goalkeeper Lauren "Taz" Robertson opened up 2009 with a pair of shutouts, only the fourth time the Buckeyes have recorded back-to-back shutouts to open a season. The senior sits in a tie for third in the Big Ten with a 0.62 goals against average.
TAKING THEIR SHOTS
Ohio State has out-shot their opponents 58-25 of the first three games and 21-4 on goal. There has also been a huge disparity on corner kicks as the Buckeyes hold a 23-7 advantage over their opponents in that category.
DISHING IT OUT
Sophomore Danielle Scoliere is tied atop the Big Ten with two assists in the Buckeyes three games this season.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS
Led by seventh-year head coach Ada Greenwood, the Toreros have gotten off to a 2-1-1 start in 2009 after playing to a 1-1 draw against No. 7 UCLA and defeating Arizona 4-1 this past weekend. Freshman Erica Peeples leads the Toreros with three goals, including a pair against Arizona, in 2009.
The Buckeyes hold a 2-0-0 series advantage including a 2-0 victory in Columbus in 2007.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS
USC has gotten off to a rough start to the 2009 campaign. After falling 3-0 against No. 7 Texas
A&M, the Trojans gave up a late goal and dropped a 2-1 decision at home to St. John's. Junior Megan Ohai has tallied the lone goal for USC this season. Ali Khosroshahin is in his third season as head coach of the Trojans.
Sunday will mark the first meeting ever between the Buckeyes and Trojans.
AGAINST THE BEST
The matchup against the No. 14 Toreros will mark the 11th time the Buckeyes have faced a ranked team over the past two-plus seasons. Ohio State owns at least one win over a ranked opponent in seven of the last nine seasons.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 10 years of existence. Consider:
- The home team is 66-30-9 all-time.
- Ohio State is 47-13-7 since 2003 and 22-8-3 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 6-3-2 at home in 2008.
UP NEXT: HEADING HOME
Upon leaving California, the Buckeyes will make a stop in Las Vegas to take on UNLV at 8 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 9 before returning home to Columbus.