Ohio State Returns Home to Host No. 19 Illinois Friday, Northwestern Sunday

Nikki Walts
Nikki Walts
Sept. 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts No. 19 Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday and Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Last Meeting
Illinois1  
Ohio State1(2OT)
September 20, 2013
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State Opens Big Ten Play with 1-1 Draw Against Illinois
The Ohio State women's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against Illinois in the Buckeyes' Big Ten opener Friday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

The Last Meeting
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Ohio State6
October 20, 2013
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State Defeats Northwestern, 6-1, on Senior Day
The Ohio State women's soccer team exploded for six goals in a 6-1 Senior Day win Sunday over Northwestern Sunday afternoon at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Fans can follow live stats and a live video stream at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State fell, 5-1, at No. 8 Penn State last Friday night. Sydney Dudley tallied her second-career goal while goalkeeper Megan Geldernick made three saves.

SOME MORE NOTES
- Junior Michela Paradiso sits tied for 11th in Ohio State history with 15 assists.
- Sammy 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 FIGHTING ILLINI
No. 19 Illinois is 8-2-0 on the year, 3-1-0 in Big Ten play, after defeating Indiana and Purdue last weekend. Jannelle Flaws is tied for second nationally with 11 goals while goalkeeper Claire Wheatley has posted a 0.59 goals-against average and two shutouts in 10 games.

The Buckeyes hold a narrow 9-8-2 lead in the all-time series with the Fighting Illini.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern enters the week with a 4-4-2 record, 0-3-1 in conference play, after dropping a pair of overtime matches last weekend against Purdue and Indiana. Addie Steiner leads the Wildcats with six goals while goalkeeper Lauren Clem has tallied a 0.67 goals-against average in 10 games.

The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Wildcats, 13-6-1, and have won the last six meetings.

BUCKEYES PICK UP BIG TEN AWARDS
Megan Geldernick - FOW (8/25)
Sammy Edwards - FOW (9/9)

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 Sept. 12. 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 NAMED 2014 CAPTAIN
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker announced that senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber will captain the 2014 Buckeyes.

Gruber, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered 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 Friday 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 200-136-31 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 213-159-32.

Jason Goodson enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes while Nick Flohre is in his first year as an assistant in Columbus.

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.

UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to Wisconsin at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 3 and Minnesota at 2 p.m. ET Oct. 5.