Ohio State Travels to Champaign to Face Illinois Friday Night

Sydney Dudley
Sydney Dudley
Sept. 30, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road to face Illinois at 7 p.m. ET Friday night at Illinois Soccer Stadium.

The Last Meeting
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September 26, 2014
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State Drops 4-1 Decision to No. 19 Illinois
The Ohio State women's soccer team fell to No. 19 Illinois, 4-1, Friday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

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The Buckeyes went on the road to defeat Iowa, 3-1, last Friday before falling, 2-0, at Nebraska Sunday afternoon.

Nichelle Prince scored a pair of goals while Nikki Walts scored the game-winner and assisted on another in the win over the Hawkeyes. Ohio State outshot the Huskers, 15-13, but conceded a pair of early goals in the defeat Sunday.

Ohio State sit outside the Top 25 of the NSCAA poll released Tuesday. The Buckeyes garnered a No. 7 spot in the Great Lakes region rankings behind Minnesota, Penn State, Northwestern, Rutgers, Nebraska and Illinois.



- Michela Paradiso sits tied for sixth in Ohio State history with 16 assists.
- Nichelle Prince is tied for 12th on the Ohio State career goals list with 21. The junior also moved into 13th place on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 54.
- 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 22 saves and has tallied a 1.16 goals-against average.
- Prince is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with 14 points and four assists and is tied for seventh with five goals.
- Nikki Walts is tied for seventh in the conference with four 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.

Illinois is 8-2-1 overall, 2-1-1 in the Big Ten, after wins against No. 11 Rutgers and Maryland last weekend. Jannelle Flaws leads the Big Ten and is tied for 17th nationally with eight goals to go along with five assists. Claire Wheatley has posted a 0.96 goals-against average with 47 saves and four clean sheets in goal for the Illini.

Ohio State has tallied a 9-9-2 record in the all-time series with Illinois after a 4-1 defeat last year in Columbus.

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 Aug. 21 and came back to score the game-winner in the 95th minute of Ohio State’s 1-0 overtime win over No. 8 Florida Aug. 23. 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.

Ohio State has earned an NSCAA College Women’s Team Academic Award for the seventh time in the past eight years, the association announced Sept. 23. To qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible.

The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season. 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 208-144-36 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 221-167-37.

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 113-45-17 all-time.
- Ohio State is 94-28-15 since 2003 and 48-16-7 since 2009.

Ohio State hosts Purdue at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and Maryland at 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match against the Boilermakers will be televised live on BTN.