Ohio State Hosts No. 23 Rutgers on Senior Night with Big Ten Tournament on the Line
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts No. 23 Rutgers on Senior Night at 7 p.m. Friday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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SENIOR NIGHT IN COLUMBUS
The Ohio State women’s soccer program will recognize its four seniors who will be playing their final home game Friday night. Ellyn Gruber, Ashley Gruenbaum, Kenzie Schlemitz and Kayla Varner represent the 2014 senior class that has picked up 44 wins in the last four seasons.
BIG TEN TOURNEY HOPES
Sitting in a tie for ninth in the Big Ten with Northwestern at 12 points, two behind Maryland for the final Big Ten tournament spot, the Buckeyes face a must-win match Friday night against the Scarlet Knights. In addition to a win, Ohio State needs a Maryland loss or draw at Penn State to seal the berth.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped a 2-1 decision against Iowa Friday but bounced back to score three goals in the final 15 minutes to top Nebraska, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Nichelle Prince scored the Buckeyes’ lone goal Friday night while scoring one and assisting on another Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes tallied a season-high 25 shots, 21 coming in the second half, Sunday against Nebraska.
SOME MORE NOTES
- Junior Michela Paradiso sits tied for 11th in Ohio State history with 15 assists while Ellyn Gruber ranks tied for 14th with 14 career 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 tied for 14th on the Ohio State career goals list after tallying 13 as a freshman last season and three so far this year.
- Prince has notched two of the 13 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern last year.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
No. 23 Rutgers is 11-4-1 on the year, tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 7-4-1 record. Stefanie Scholz and Madison Tiernan are tied for the team lead with five goals while the Scarlet Knight defense has allowed just nine goals in 16 matches this season. Goalkeeper Casey Murphy sits second in the Big Ten with a 0.55 goals-against average and eight shutouts.
The Buckeyes have dropped both all-time meetings with the Scarlet Knights.
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 215 career wins in 20 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
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. 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 squared off with Michigan State 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 202-140-34 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 215-163-35.
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 109-42-16 all-time.
- Ohio State is 90-25-14 since 2003 and 44-13-6 since 2009.