COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team held a team celebration to look back on a historic 2017 campaign Friday night at Fawcett Center. The 2017 Buckeyes posted a 15-5-1 record en route to the first outright Big Ten championship in program history.
The team gathered to look back on a season in which the Buckeyes received a multitude of honors for their on-field success, headlined by United Soccer Coaches All-Americans Morgan Wolcott and Nikki Walts. Head coach Lori Walker-Hock was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time while Walts garnered Big Ten Midfielder of the Year honors and Wolcott was named Big Ten Defender of the Year. Sammy Edwards joined Walts and Wolcott as first team All-Big Ten selections while Devon Kerr was a second team All-Big Ten pick and Sarah Roberts and Izzy Rodriguez were named third team All-Big Ten. Rodriguez and Maddy Lowe were named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, Kylie Knight was the Buckeyes’ Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree and Kerr garnered Big Ten All-Tournament team laurels.
Ohio State tallied the longest shutout streak in program history at 687:20. The streak bested the previous high of 522 minutes in 1998 and 460:59 in 2012. The seven goals the Buckeyes scored against Illinois Sept. 14 marked the most in a Big Ten game in program history and tied for the fourth-most in any contest.
However, the Buckeyes have seen at least an equal amount of success in the classroom. A total of 16 Buckeyes picked up Academic All-Big Ten honors while 27 were named OSU Scholar-Athletes. The team recorded the highest grade-point average among teams with large rosters at Ohio State.