Ohio State Hosts Butler in NCAA First Round Saturday Night

Nikki Walts
Nikki Walts
Nov. 12, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts Butler in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.



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Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students/youth. Free admission for OSU Students with a valid BuckID. Call 1-800-GoBucks for more information.

The Buckeyes dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 7 Rutgers in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal last Friday in University Park, Pa. Nikki Walts tallied a team-high three shots while Jillian McVicker made a pair of saves while playing a scoreless second half.

Devon Kerr and Sarah Roberts have been named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, the conference office announced Oct. 30. In addition, sophomore Sydney Dudley was named the Buckeyes’ Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree.

Ohio State is 9-8-2 all-time in nine NCAA Tournament appearances, all under the direction of head coach Lori Walker. 2015 marks the sixth time in the last seven years the Buckeyes have reached postseason play.

- 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.
- Lindsay Agnew is tied for second in the conference with six assists while Prince is tied for fifth with six assists.
- 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.

Big East Tournament champion Butler is 16-6-1 on the year after topping Marquette, St. John’s and Providence last week. The Bulldogs leading goal-scorer, Halle Stelbasky, has found the back of the net nine times but will miss the remainder of the season with an injury. Sophia Maccagnone has tallied seven goals and five assists and will try to pick up the slack offensively while goalkeeper Madison Card has posted a 0.92 goals-against average with nine shutouts.

Ohio State has won both previous meetings with Butler, including a 3-0 win in the last matchup in 2007.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 213-147-37 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 226-170-38.

Associate head coach Chris McLain is in his first season while Nick Flohre 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 116-46-17 all-time.
- Ohio State is 97-29-15 since 2003 and 51-17-7 since 2009.