No. 15 Ohio State Faces No. 8 West Virginia, Bucknell This Weekend in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts No. 8 West Virginia at 7 p.m. Friday and Bucknell at noon Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes defeated FIU, 3-1, last Friday in a match that was postponed from Thursday night because of inclement weather. Nichelle Prince opened the scoring for the Buckeyes in the 31st minute. After FIU tied it 15 seconds into the second half, Ohio State regained the lead on an own goal in the 58th minute and Sammy Edwards capped the scoring with a tally in the 66th minute.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State climbed to No. 15 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.
SOME MORE NOTES
- Michela Paradiso sits tied for sixth in Ohio State history with 16 assists.
- Nichelle Prince is tied for 13th on the Ohio State career goals list with 19. The junior also moved into 15th place on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 49.
- 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 sits fourth in the Big Ten with a 0.56 goals-against average.
- Prince is tied for sixth in the Big Ten with nine points while Prince and Lindsay Agnew are tied for second in the Big Ten with three assists.
- Ohio State is tied for third in the Big Ten with 12 goals on the season and also ranks sixth in the conference with a 0.76 team goals-against average.
- The Buckeyes are undefeated through five matches for the fifth time in program history.
- 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.
SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia, under the direction of 20th-year head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, enters the week with a 5-0-1 record and ranked No. 8 nationally. The Mountaineers are 12th in the country with 3.0 goals per game. Michaela Abam leads West Virginia with five goals while Kailey Utley has posted a team-high five assists and 11 points. Hannah Steadman has tallied a 0.39 goals-against average.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Mountaineers, 4-3-1, and is 2-0-1 in the last three meetings after picking up a 2-0 victory at West Virginia in 2011.
Bucknell, led by first-year head coach Kelly Kuss, enters the week 3-2-1 on the year after topping Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis (Pa.) last weekend. Kendall Ham leads the Bison with two goals while Jessica Ratner has tallied a 0.80 goals-against average with three shutouts.
Sunday marks the first meeting between Ohio State and Bucknell.
PRINCE NAMED B1G OFFENSIVE POW
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.
PARADISO, WOLCOTT NAMED 2015 CAPTAINS
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.
11 AT HOME...AND ADMISSION IS FREE
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.
THE COACHING STAFF
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 206-141-35 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 219-164-36.
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 112-43-16 all-time.
- Ohio State is 93-26-14 since 2003 and 47-14-6 since 2009.
Ohio State opens Big Ten play against Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 before hosting Wisconsin at noon Sept. 20.
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