No. 7 Seed Ohio State Faces No. 3 Seed Rutgers in Big Ten Semifinal Friday Afternoon
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team takes on seventh-ranked Rutgers in a Big Ten semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Friday in University Park, Pa. The winner of the matchup between the No. 7 seed Buckeyes and No. 3 seed Scarlet Knights takes on the winner of No. 1 seed Penn State and No. 5 seed Michigan in the title game at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Fans can follow live stats at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC. The match will be televised live on BTN.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes hung on for a 2-1 win at No. 2 seed Wisconsin in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal Sunday afternoon. Michela Paradiso opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 30th minute before Sammy Edwards doubled Ohio State’s lead in the 34th minute. Wisconsin got a goal back in the 71st minute but goalkeeper Devon Kerr made nine saves, including many key stops late in the second half, as Ohio State advanced to the semifinals.
KERR, ROBERTS ON ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Devon Kerr and Sarah Roberts have been named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, the conference office announced Friday. In addition, sophomore Sydney Dudley was named the Buckeyes’ Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree.
BUCKEYES IN THE B1G TOURNAMENT
Ohio State is 12-11-4 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament and is making its 15th Big Ten Tournament appearance. The Buckeyes have won conference tournament championships in 2002, 2004 and 2012, all under the direction of head coach Lori Walker.
The Buckeyes’ last Big Ten Tournament appearance came in 2012, when they won it all with victories over Nebraska, Michigan and in the championship game against Illinois. Five Buckeyes have Big Ten Tournament experience, including seniors Katelyn Kraft, Michela Paradiso and Marisa Wolf and redshirt juniors Jillian McVicker and Morgan Wolcott.
SOME MORE NOTES
- Michela Paradiso sits tied for fifth in Ohio State history with 17 assists.
- Nichelle Prince is tied for 11th on the Ohio State career goals list with 22. The junior also moved into a tie for ninth place on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 58.
- Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013.
- Prince is ninth in the Big Ten with 18 points and tied for fourth with six assists.
- Lindsay Agnew is tied for second in the conference with six assists while Devon Kerr ranks fourth with a 0.71 goals-against average.
- As a team, the Buckeyes are tied for fourth in the conference with 1.63 goals per game.
- Devon Kerr’s 10 saves against Illinois were the most by a Buckeye since Katie Baumgardner made 10 saves in a 1-0 win at Michigan Oct. 21, 2011. The 10 saves also are tied for the most by any Big Ten goalkeeper this year.
- The Illinois State match marked the first six-goal game for the Buckeyes since 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.
- Ohio State is 10-0-0 when scoring at least two goals and 10-1-0 when scoring the first goal of a match. The Buckeyes are 9-0-3 when allowing less than two goals.
Rutgers, ranked No. 7 nationally, is 15-2-2 overall and the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after going 7-2-2 in conference play. Colby Ciarrocca has tallied a team-high seven goals and is tied for the team lead with three assists. Goalkeeper Casey Murphy leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally with a 0.31 goals-against average to go along with 14 shutouts.
Ohio State is 0-4 all-time against Rutgers after a 2-0 defeat Oct. 15 in Piscataway.
PARADISO B1G CO-OFFENSIVE POW
Michela Paradiso was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Oct. 29. The award is the second Big Ten weekly honor of Paradiso’s career and second of the year for a Buckeye after Nichelle Prince was named Player of the Week Aug. 25.
The defender from Upper Arlington, Ohio, scored both goals in the Buckeyes’ 2-0 win over Michigan State on Senior Night Oct. 28. Paradiso gave the Buckeyes the lead less than three minutes into the must-win match on a strike from 18 yards on the left wing that crept just underneath the crossbar and inside the far post. She then added a second goal in the 31st minute, converting a penalty kick after getting taken down in the box, for her first-career multi-goal game.
PRINCE NAMED B1G OFFENSIVE POW
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.
PARADISO, WOLCOTT NAMED 2015 CAPTAINS
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.
BUCKEYES EARN NSCAA ACADEMIC AWARD
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 COACHING STAFF
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 213-146-37 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 226-169-38.
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 116-46-17 all-time.
- Ohio State is 97-29-15 since 2003 and 51-17-7 since 2009.