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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team closes out the regular-season home slate against Indiana and No. 19 Rutgers this week at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match against the Hoosiers is set for 7 p.m. Thursday before the Buckeyes take on the Scarlet Knights on Senior Day at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Fans can follow live stats and video at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC. The Sunday match against Rutgers will be televised live on BTN.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State scored eight goals last week, picking up a 4-0 win at Maryland Thursday night before earning a 4-1 win at Purdue Sunday afternoon. Lindsay Agnew scored once against Maryland and assisted on both of Sammy Edwards’ goals against the Terrapins. Edwards then added a goal and an assist against Purdue while Nichelle Prince scored twice.
WALKER IN 20TH SEASON AT HELM
Head coach Lori Walker is in her 20th season at Ohio State in 2016. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001 and 2010) has led the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 224-152-39 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 237-175-40.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked 17th in the latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index) rankings, released by the NCAA Monday. Ohio State, the highest-ranked Big Ten team, is one of five Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 25 along with No. 19 Rutgers, No. 20 Nebraska, No. 21 Minnesota and No. 25 Northwestern.
SOME MORE NOTES
- Lindsay Agnew is tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for 27th nationally with nine goals. Agnew’s 23 points also rank second in the Big Ten and tied for 22nd nationally.
- Agnew’s five assists are tied for fifth in the Big Ten while Nichelle Prince and Nikki Walts are tied for 10th in the conference with four helpers apiece.
- Prince has notched two of the 13 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013. Sammy Edwards is the third Buckeye on the roster with a hat trick, scoring three times in a 4-2 win against Dayton in 2014.
- This season, the Buckeyes are slated to face five teams ranked the NSCAA preseason poll, including Penn State (No. 2), West Virginia (No. 6), Rutgers (No. 10), BYU (No. 16) and Virginia Tech (No. 17).
- Ohio State is 24-0-2 when scoring at least two goals dating back to the start of 2014. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 last season and are 8-0-1 after scoring at least twice this season.
- Ohio State is 8-0-1 when scoring first this season.
- The Buckeyes moved to 2-0-2 on the year in overtime matches with the scoreless draw vs. Northwestern Oct. 1. Nichelle Prince (vs. Texas) and Haley Walker-Robinson (at Florida Gulf Coast) have previously scored overtime game-winners for the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State is now 5-0-5 in overtime matches over the last two seasons and is undefeated in its last 13 overtime matches.
Nichelle Prince has moved into ninth on the Ohio State career goals list with 26. The senior also has moved into fourth place on the Buckeyes’ career assists list with 19 and sixth with 71 career points.
Lindsay Agnew is tied for eighth with 16 career assists, tied for 15th with 16 career goals and in sole possession of 15th place with 50 career points.
EDWARDS NAMED B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The forward scored twice in the Buckeyes’ 4-0 win at Maryland Thursday night before coming back to score the first goal and assist on another in a 4-1 victory at Purdue Sunday afternoon. Edwards, from Dublin, Ohio, is tied for second on the team with four goals in addition to a pair of assists.
Indiana is 5-7-3 on the year, 2-3-2 in Big Ten play, after a pair of draws against Penn State and Rutgers last week. Mykayla Brown leads the Hoosiers with four goals while Meghan Scott has added three assists. Sarah L’Hommedieu has tallied a 1.43 goals-against average with 72 saves in goal.
Ohio State holds a 13-11-2 lead in the all-time series with the Hoosiers and has won the last five matchups between the schools.
Rutgers enters the week 9-2-3 overall, 4-1-2 in conference play, after a win against Purdue and a 2-2 draw at Indiana last week. Madison Tiernan leads the Scarlet Knights with seven goals while Nicole Whitley has added a team-high nine assists. Alana Jimenez has posted a 0.74 goals-against average with 42 saves.
Ohio State has dropped all five meeting against the Scarlet Knights.
PRINCE EARNS BRONZE WITH CANADA
Nichelle Prince earned a bronze medal with Canada’s 2-1 win over Brazil Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo.
Prince was named to the Canadian Olympic team this past summer, becoming the first women’s soccer Buckeye to compete in the Olympics when she came off the bench in Canada’s 3-1 win over Zimbabwe Aug. 6 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The senior played 21 minutes in a 2-1 win over Germany Aug. 9 and again came off the bench in the 85th minute of a 2-0 loss to the Germans in the semifinals Aug. 16. Canada then topped host Brazil, 2-1, Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo to earn the bronze medal.
MOUSSET CALLED TO CANADIAN U-20 CAMP
Marike Mousset has been called in to Canadian U-20 camp in preparation for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in November in Papua New Guinea. The initial development camp went from Sept. 5 to Sept. 16 with the next preparatory camp for Canada slated to begin Nov. 1 in Brisbane, Australia.
After sitting out the first four matches of the season, Mousset has come off the bench nine times for the Buckeyes, playing a season-high 48 minutes in a 4-1 win at Purdue Oct. 9.
AGNEW, WOLCOTT NAMED 2016 CAPTAINS
Seniors Lindsay Agnew and Morgan Wolcott have been named captains of the 2016 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker announced Aug. 22. In addition, Walker announced junior Nikki Walts will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.
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. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 20th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 224-152-39 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 237-175-40.
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 121-48-18 all-time.
- Ohio State is 102-31-16 since 2003 and 56-19-8 since 2009.
Ohio State travels to Michigan for a 7:30 p.m. match Oct. 22.
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