Ohio State Hits the Road to Face No. 8 Michigan with Postseason on the Line

Kristen Niederhaus
Kristen Niederhaus

Oct. 31, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team wraps up the regular season with a matchup at No. 8 Michigan at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Last Meeting
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Ohio State Edges Michigan, 2-1, to Advance to Big Ten Tournament Championship
The No. 2 seed Ohio State women's soccer team held on to defeat No. 3 seed Michigan, 2-1, in a Big Ten semifinal Friday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium

A win would guarantee the Buckeyes a spot in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Champaign, Ill. Ohio State sits tied with Minnesota for fifth in the Big Ten with a 4-4-2 conference record and 14 points. However, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois all sit a point behind the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers with 4-5-1 records and 13 points.

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Despite outshooting Nebraska 18-7, Ohio State dropped a 1-0 decision to the Huskers last Friday in Lincoln but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Iowa Sunday in Iowa City. In the win over the Hawkeyes, Megan Fuller scored her first career goal and Nichelle Prince and Michela Paradiso each added a tally for the Buckeyes. In addition, goalkeeper, Jillian McVicker made a career-high seven saves and allowed one goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute.

The 2013 senior class of Megan Fuller, Samantha Lewis, Rachel Middleman, Kristen Niederhaus and Danica Wu currently has the second-highest win total of any senior class in program history. The 2013 seniors sit behind only the 2012 class for most victories in Ohio State history. A look at the other top classes:



59 wins: 2012
55 wins: 2013
51 wins: 2010, 2011
49 wins: 2006

Nichelle Prince was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second-consecutive week, the conference office announced Oct. 21. The award is the third Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurel for the Ajax, Ontario, native.

After scoring a goal in a 4-2 loss at No. 17 Penn State Oct. 17, Prince tallied a hat trick in the Buckeyes’ 6-1 win over Northwestern Oct. 20 in Columbus. The hat trick was her second of her freshman season and she becomes one of three Buckeyes with multiple hat tricks in their career. Prince leads Ohio State with 11 goals and is tied for second on the team with six assists on the season.

A number of Buckeyes are climbing up the single-season and career rankings in the Ohio State record book. A look at where the Buckeyes stand:

- Megan Fuller and Danica Wu sit tied for sixth on the career assists list with 16.
- Rachel Middleman has posted the lowest career goals-against average in Ohio State history at 0.66.
- Michela Paradiso sits tied for 13th in Ohio State history with 14 assists.
- Nichelle Prince is tied for fourth on the Ohio State single-season goals and single-season points list with 12 and 30, respectively.

No. 8 Michigan is 14-2-1 on the season, 8-1-1 in Big Ten play, after wins at Illinois and Northwestern last weekend. Nkem Ezurike leads the Wolverines with 10 goals and eight assists while goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin leads with Big Ten and ranks 10th nationally with a 0.47 goals-against average.

Ohio State trails the series with the Wolverines, 12-11-2, but has won the last five meetings. The Buckeyes won both matchups last season, a 3-1 win in the regular season in Columbus and a 2-1 victory in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in several categories including goals-against average (3rd, 0.949), goals allowed (3rd, 17) and corner kicks (5th, 106).

Nichelle Prince ranks third in the conference with 12 goals and 30 points and leads the Big Ten with six game-winners. Danica Wu and Ellyn Gruber are tied for sixth with seven assists while Jillian McVicker ranks third with a 0.96 goals-against average.

Fifteen Buckeyes have tallied a point so far this season, including 10 different goal scorers. Eight players have notched their first points in a Buckeye uniform.

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.

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.

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 196-129-31 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 209-152-32.

Associate head coach Glen Tourville is in his sixth season while Jason Goodson 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 105-39-15 all-time.
- Ohio State is 86-22-13 since 2003 and 61-17-9 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.