Kendyl Reed, Lauren Granberg, Aly Walker
Nov. 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women's soccer team has been selected to host a first-round NCAA Tournament matchup as a No. 4 seed against Oakland, the NCAA announced Monday afternoon. The Buckeyes and Grizzlies will square off at 5 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
“Oakland will be very well-organized, we really respect what Coach O’Shea has done with their program and we know there is no easy game at this point,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “I’m really excited to be playing at home after being on the road for our last four games. The team plays so well at home and it’s a great honor to have the culmination of everything we’ve done all year result in the opportunity to play at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.”
Ohio State is on a program record-tying nine-game win streak, moving its record to 16-4-1 on the season, 8-2-1 in Big Ten conference play. The Buckeyes defeated No. 7 seed Nebraska, No. 3 seed Michigan and No. 5 seed Illinois en route to the program’s third Big Ten Tournament title last week in Bloomington, Ind.
In 20 seasons of women's soccer, 2012 marks the eighth time overall and fifth time in the past six seasons the Buckeyes have reached the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State is 9-7-1 all-time in NCAA play, all under the direction of Walker. After reaching the NCAA College Cup in 2010, the Buckeyes advanced to their second-consecutive Sweet 16 last season.
Oakland is 11-5-3 on the season, 6-2-0 in Summit League play and won the Summit League Tournament. The Grizzlies are led offensively by Kyla Kellermann (9g, 4a) and Abigail Haelewyn (3g, 9a). Goalkeeper Shannon Coley has posted a 0.80 goals-against average with eight shutouts.
The Big Ten finished with five teams in the tournament. Joining the Buckeyes are Penn State, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes also faced Missouri, Maryland, Radford, Hofstra and Rutgers in the regular season. Ohio State went 5-4-1 against NCAA Tournament teams in 2012.