Ohio State Travels to No. 8 Penn State for Friday Night Matchup
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to No. 8 Penn State for a match at 6 p.m. Friday in University Park, Pa.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State topped Indiana, 2-1, in overtime last Friday before dropping a 3-1 decision at Purdue Sunday afternoon. Kayla Varner scored on a penalty kick with two seconds left in regulation to tie the match before assisting on Michela Paradiso’s game-winner in the 97th minute in head coach Lori Walker’s 200th win at Ohio State Friday night. Lindsay Agnew then scored an unassisted in the Buckeyes’ loss to the Boilermakers Sunday afternoon.
SOME MORE NOTES
- Junior Michela Paradiso sits tied for 11th in Ohio State history with 15 assists.
- Edwards’ hat trick against Dayton marked the 13th in Ohio State history and first since Nichelle Prince scored three times in a 6-1 win over Northwestern Oct. 20 of last season.
- Sophomore Nichelle Prince already sits 15th on the Ohio State career goals list after tallying 13 as a freshman last season.
- Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern last year.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State is 6-1-0 on the season, 2-0-0 in Big Ten play, after picking up wins at Purdue and Indiana last weekend. Mallory Weber leads the No. 8 Nittany Lions with four goals while adding two assists and goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom has posted a 0.73 goals-against average with three shutouts.
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with Penn State, 6-17-1.
WALKER EARNS 200TH AT OHIO STATE
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker picked up her 200th win at Ohio State in the Buckeyes’ 2-1 overtime win at Indiana last Friday night. With her 13 wins in two seasons as head coach at Kansas, the two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has notched 213 career wins in 20 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Gruber, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, enters the 2014 season after playing in 63 career matches, starting 45. Also a team captain in 2013, Gruber tallied three goals and tied for the team lead with seven assists last season as a junior. Gruber, who has notched four goals and 12 assists in her career, is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick.
NINE AT HOME...AND ADMISSION IS FREE
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. 26 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 twice in 2014. The Buckeyes faced Purdue Sept. 14 in West Lafayette, Ind., and will take on Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in East Lansing on BTN. In addition, the semifinals and championship of the Big Ten tournament also will be televised on the network.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 18th-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 200-135-31 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 213-158-32.
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 107-40-15 all-time.
- Ohio State is 88-23-13 since 2003 and 42-11-5 since 2009.
Ohio State opens its Big Ten home slate against Illinois at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 and Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sept. 28.