No. 21 Ohio State Hits the Road to Face Boston College, Northeastern
Sep 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 21 Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to stay unbeaten when it hits the road to take on Boston College at 7 p.m. Thursday and Northeastern at 1 p.m. Sunday.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Behind goals from Alexis Degler and Kayla Varner, the Buckeyes topped Pittsburgh, 2-0, Thursday before playing to a scoreless draw against Arizona Sunday. Goalkeepers Rachel Middleman and Jillian McVicker split time to earn the first two clean sheets of the 2013 campaign as Ohio State extended its unbeaten streak to 15 matches.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
Boston College is of to a 2-2-0 start after dropping a 1-0 decision to Connecticut and winning a 6-5 overtime contest at Hofstra last weekend. Stephanie McCaffrey (2g, 5a) and McKenzie Meehan (4g) lead the Eagles’ attack offensively.
The Eagles won the only previous meeting between the two schools, 3-1, in Storrs, Conn., in 2001.
Northeastern is 0-3-1 on the season after earning a 1-1 draw against Northwestern and dropping a 3-0 decision to South Carolina last weekend. Lahaina Zoller scored the Huskies’ lone goal while Paige Burnett has posted a 2.14 goals-against average in four starts.
Ohio State is 2-0 all-time against Northeastern after picking up a 3-0 win last season in Columbus.
MULTIPLE BUCKEYES MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS
Eleven Buckeyes have tallied a point through the first four matches, including six different goal scorers. Five players have notched their first points in a Buckeye uniform through the first two weeks of the 2013 season.
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. 21 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.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Aug. 14. Senior Megan Fuller and freshmen Lindsay Agnew and Nichelle Prince were named the Buckeyes’ players to watch.
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 189-124-29 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 202-147-30.
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.
BUCKEYES ON BTN
Ohio State will be on BTN at least three times in 2013. The Buckeyes will take on Indiana at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in Columbus and also will have a 12:30 p.m. contest Oct. 6 at Wisconsin and a 3 p.m. matchup Oct. 17 at Penn State televised on BTN. In addition, the semifinals and championship of the Big Ten Tournament also will be televised on the network.
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 102-38-14 all-time.
- Ohio State is 83-21-12 since 2003 and 58-16-8 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 takes on Central Michigan Sept. 13 and St. John’s Sept. 15 in a pair of neutral site matches in Bloomington, Ind.