Ohio State Hits the Road to Take On Minnesota and No. 18 Wisconsin
Oct. 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road for a pair of road matches at Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend. The match at Minnesota is slated for 8 p.m. ET Friday while the game at Wisconsin is set for 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday and will be televised live on BTN.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State topped Indiana, 3-1, Thursday afternoon before dropping a 1-0 decision to Purdue Sunday. The Buckeyes received goals from Kayla Varner, Nichelle Prince and Alexis Degler in the win over the Hoosiers. On Sunday against the Boilermakers, Alex Hairston put Purdue ahead 1-0 31 seconds into the match and the Buckeyes were unable to come up with the equalizer to drop to 7-2-2 on the season.
Minnesota enters the week with an 8-3-0 record, 1-2-0 in Big Ten play, after dropping a 3-0 match at Michigan State and shutting out No. 13 Michigan, 1-0, last weekend. Katie Thyken leads the Golden Gophers with five goals while Tarah Hobbs has seen the majority of the time in goal, posting a 1.08 goals-against average with 41 saves.
Ohio State holds an 11-9-2 lead in the all-time series with Minnesota and is undefeated in the last four meetings with the Golden Gophers.
No. 18 Wisconsin is 7-1-2 on the season, 2-0-1 in conference play, after picking up a win and a draw last weekend at No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State. Cara Walls leads the Badgers with seven goals while Genevieve Richard has tallied a 0.98 goals-against average with 39 saves in 10 starts.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Badgers, 9-8-5, and is undefeated in the last five meetings.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in several categories including goals-against average (2nd, 0.69), shutouts (t-3rd, 4), corner kicks (1st, 69) and goals allowed (t-2nd, 8).
Nichelle Prince sits tied for sixth in the conference with six goals and ninth with 16 points. Jillian McVicker ranks third with a 0.62 goals-against average and leads the Big Ten with an .852 save percentage while Rachel Middleman sits fifth with a 0.78 goals-against average and sixth with an .818 save percentage.
MULTIPLE BUCKEYES MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS
Twelve Buckeyes have tallied a point through the first 11 matches, including seven different goal scorers. Six players have notched their first points in a Buckeye uniform.
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 RANKINGS
Ohio State sits just outside the Top 25 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s poll this week, garnering votes in the poll. In addition, the Buckeyes are ranked seventh 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), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 193-126-30 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 206-149-31.
NINE AT HOME AND FREE ADMISSION
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes two more 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.
BUCKEYES ON BTN
Ohio State will be on BTN at least three times in 2013. The Buckeyes topped Indiana, 3-1, 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 103-39-15 all-time.
- Ohio State is 84-22-13 since 2003 and 59-17-9 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 hosts Michigan State at 6 p.m. Oct. 12.
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