No. 17 Ohio State Hosts Florida International in Thursday Night Matchup

Sammy Edwards
Sammy Edwards
Sept. 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts Florida International at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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The Buckeyes topped Dayton, 2-1, Thursday night, before playing to a scoreless draw at Texas Sunday afternoon.

After a scoreless first half against the Flyers, Nichelle Prince scored her second goal of the season on a Lindsay Agnew assist in the 49th minute. Prince returned the favor as Agnew doubled the Buckeye lead in the 60th minute. Dayton got on the board on a 30 yard free kick goal in the 88th minute but Ohio State held on for the 2-1 win.

The Buckeyes had multiple chances against the Longhorns but were unable to find the back of the net despite tallying 18 shots, including eight on goal. Jillian McVicker and Devon Kerr split time in goal to earn the clean sheet.



Ohio State climbed to No. 17 in the NSCAA poll released Tuesday. The Buckeyes, who are one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 25, also garnered a No. 2 spot in the Great Lakes region rankings behind Penn State.

- Michela Paradiso sits tied for sixth in Ohio State history with 16 assists.
- Nichelle Prince ranks 14th on the Ohio State career goals list with 18. The junior also moved into 15th place on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 47.
- Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013.
- After missing all of 2014 with an injury goalkeeper Jillian McVicker has made 10 saves and posted a 0.66 goals-against average.
- Prince is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with seven points while Prince and Lindsay Agnew are tied for first in the Big Ten with three assists.
- The Illinois State match marked the first six-goal game for the Buckeyes wins a 6-1 win over Northwestern Oct. 20, 2013.
- The victory over No. 8 Florida was the Buckeyes’ first win over a Top 15 team since a 1-0 overtime win against No. 13 Missouri Sept. 6, 2012. The last time Ohio State defeated a team ranked as high as No. 8 was a 3-2 win at No. 8 Virginia in the NCAA Sweet 16 Nov. 20, 2010.

FIU, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Thomas Chestnutt, is 1-2-0 on the year with a win over Dayton followed by losses at Stetson and against No. 20 UCF. Alyssa Robinson and Jacqueline Byers have scored the two goals for the Panthers while Nevena Stojakovic and Sophia Trujillo have split time for a 1.32 goals-against average.

Ohio State won the only previous meeting between the two schools, a 3-1 victory in Miami in 1997.

Nichelle Prince was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Aug. 25. The award is the fourth Big Ten honor of Prince’s career after garnering conference Freshman of the Week laurels three times as a freshman.

The forward from Ajax, Ontario, assisted on a pair of goals in a 6-2 win in the Buckeyes’ season-opener against Illinois State Friday night and came back to score the game-winner in the 95th minute of Ohio State’s 1-0 overtime win over No. 8 Florida Sunday afternoon. The victory over the Gators was the Buckeyes’ first win over a Top 15 team since a 1-0 overtime win against No. 13 Missouri Sept. 6, 2012. 

Senior Michela Paradiso and redshirt junior Morgan Wolcott have been named team captains, head coach Lori Walker announced Aug. 14. In addition, Walker also announced junior Lindsay Agnew will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 17 against Minnesota. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.

Ohio State is under the direction of 19th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to nine NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 205-141-35 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 218-164-36.

Associate head coach Chris McLain is in his first season while Nick Flohre enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes.

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 111-43-16 all-time.
- Ohio State is 92-26-14 since 2003 and 46-14-6 since 2009.

Ohio State hosts West Virginia at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and Bucknell at noon Sept. 13.