Ohio State Takes On Top-Seeded Penn State in Sweet 16 Sunday in University Park

Jillian McVicker
Jillian McVicker
Nov. 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women’s soccer team squares off with top-seeded and sixth-ranked Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday in University Park, Pa.

The Last Meeting
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October 24, 2015
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Ohio State Falls to No. 10 Penn State, 2-1
The Ohio State women's soccer team fell to No. 10 Penn State, 2-1, on a windy and rainy Saturday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Fans can follow live stats and video at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC while the match will be televised live on BTN.

Fans can order tickets at 1-800-NITTANY. Tickets at the gate are cash only.

The Buckeyes defeated No. 14 Virginia Tech, 1-0, Friday afternoon in University Park, Pa. Arden Holden came off the bench to score the game-winner in the 79th minute off a Nichelle Prince assist while Jillian McVicker made four saves to earn her second clearn sheet of the season.



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 11-8-2 all-time in 10 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 fourth in Ohio State history with 18 assists.
- Nichelle Prince is tied for 11th on the Ohio State career goals list with 22. The junior also moved into ninth place on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 59.
- Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013.
- Lindsay Agnew, Nikki Walts and Prince are tied for second in the conference with seven 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.
- The win against No. 14 Virginia Tech gave Ohio State a pair of wins over Top 15 teams. The last time Ohio State defeated two Top 15 teams in the same season was 2012 when the Buckeyes topped No. 15 Minnesota and No. 8 Virginia on their way to the College Cup.
- Ohio State is 11-0-0 when scoring at least two goals and 12-1-0 when scoring the first goal of a match. The Buckeyes are 11-0-3 when allowing less than two goals.

The Nittany Lions, ranked sixth in the final regular-season NSCAA poll, are 18-3-2 and the Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions. Penn State has outscored its two NCAA opponents, Albany and Boston, by a combined 11-0 score. Megan Schafer paces Penn State offensively with 12 goals to go along with three assists while Britt Eckerstrom has posted a 0.54 goals-against average with eight shutouts.

Ohio State trails the all-time series with Penn State, 6-19-1, after a 2-1 defeat earlier this season in Columbus.

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 215-147-37 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 228-170-38.

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 117-46-17 all-time.
- Ohio State is 98-29-15 since 2003 and 52-17-7 since 2009.