COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fresh off a 2-0 victory over Bowling Green and a scoreless tie at No.14 (NSCAA) West Virginia on the first weekend of play, the women’s soccer Buckeyes look to continue their solid start against a pair of regional foes at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes will host Ohio University at 7:30 p.m. Friday before taking on Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. Sunday.
11 AT HOME…AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with Big Ten action kicking off against rival Michigan Sept. 27. New for 2009: admission to all Ohio State home soccer matches is free to all.
WATCH THE BUCKEYES LIVE
Fans can watch both games live this weekend on Buckeye Vision at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
SUNDAY FAMILY DAY
Sunday will be family day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Activities will be available to families beginning at noon at the northwest entrance.
Also, because of multiple events being held on Sunday, soccer fans are asked to park in the Buckeye lots northwest of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 13th-year head coach Lori Walker. Walker has guided the team to four NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller
is in his second season as associate head coach and ninth overall with the Buckeyes. The 2009 season marks the second season for assistant coach Glen Tourville.
SHUTTING THEM DOWN
Goalkeeper Lauren “Taz” Robertson has opened up 2009 with a pair of shutouts, only the fourth time the Buckeyes have recorded back-to-back shutouts to open a season.
WHACKING THE MAC
After beating Bowling Green to open 2009, Ohio State moved to 10-2-2 against current Mid-American Conference schools.
CONTINUING WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Sophomore forward Paige Maxwell, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer in 2008, started off 2009 right with the game-winner in the 41st minute against Bowling Green. Freshman Kayla Eckman scored her first collegiate goal in the 75th minute against the Falcons.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Led by 10th-year head coach Stacy Strauss, the Bobcats return 17 letterwinners from the 2008 squad. Ohio has gotten off to a rough start, falling 5-0 at Purdue last Friday and 2-0 against Cincinnati on Sunday in Athens. Leading the Bobcats is 2009 All-MAC forward Amy Lower.
The Buckeyes hold a narrow 2-1-0 series advantage over the Bobcats, the last match being a 2-1 Ohio State win in the second overtime in 2007.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Pitt opened its 2009 campaign with a 1-0 win over Buffalo last Friday night. Freshman Ashley Cuba scored the game-winner in the 51st minute. The Panthers also return the school’s all-time leading scorer, senior Ashley Habbel. Sue-Moy Chin is in her sixth season as head coach at Pitt.
The Buckeyes and Panthers squared off just one other time, a 1-0 Ohio State win in 2002.
GOOD FROM THE GET-GO
With the season-opening win over Bowling Green, the Buckeyes moved to 10-4-3 all-time in season openers and 11-2-4 in home openers.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 10 years of existence. Consider:
– The home team is 66-29-9 all-time.
– Ohio State is 47-12-7 since 2003 and 22-7-3
– The Buckeyes went 6-3-2 at home in 2008.
UP NEXT: WEST COAST SWING
The Buckeyes head west for a pair in southern California. San Diego welcomes Ohio State for a 10:30 p.m. ET match Friday Sept. 4 before the Buckeyes take on USC at 2 p.m. ET Sunday Sept. 6. Both matches will take place at the University of San Diego.
Upon leaving California, the Buckeyes will travel to Las Vegas to take on UNLV at 8 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 9.