October 3, 2017

No. 15 Ohio State Hosts Michigan State and Michigan This Weekend in Columbus

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Oct. 3, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts Michigan State and Michigan this weekend at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes host the Spartans at 5 p.m. Friday before a noon match Sunday against the Wolverines.

Fans can follow live stats and streaming video on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC. The match against the Wolverines will be televised live on BTN.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
No. 22 Ohio State knocked off No. 7 Penn State, 1-0, Saturday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Sammy Edwards scored her team-high sixth goal of the season to give the Buckeyes the lead in the 65th minute while Devon Kerr made three saves to earn her third-consecutive shutout and sixth of the season. The win for the Buckeyes was the first over Penn State since a 1-0 overtime victory Oct. 3, 2010, in Columbus. It was the first win for Ohio State over a team ranked in the United Soccer Coaches poll Top 15 since a 1-0 win over No. 14 Virginia Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 20, 2015.

IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes are ranked 15th by TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America and 17th in the United Soccer Coaches poll. Ohio State also has moved up to 21st in the latest RPI rankings and is ranked second in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest region.

EDWARDS, KERR EARN B1G HONORS
For their efforts in the Buckeyes’ 1-0 win over the Nittany Lions last Saturday, Sammy Edwards and Devon Kerr each garnered Big Ten weekly honors, the conference office announced Tuesday. Edwards was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week while Kerr earned Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week laurels.

Edwards scored the game-winner in the 65th minute while Kerr made three saves en route to her third-consecutive shutout and sixth of the season. The award is the second such award for Edwards after picking it up Oct. 11, 2016, while Kerr has her second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor, both coming in the last two weeks.

SOME MORE NOTES
– Ohio State is 33-1-2 when scoring at least two goals in a game since the start of 2014, including 7-0-0 in 2017. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 in 2016 and 10-1-1 last season.
– Ohio State is 9-0-0 when scoring first after going 10-0-1 when scoring first a season ago.
– The Buckeyes suffered their first loss in 15 overtime matches in a 1-0 double-overtime defeat at No. 1 West Virginia last Nov. 18 before earning the 2-1 overtime win at Arizona State in their 2017 opener Aug. 18 and a scoreless draw at BYU Aug. 21. Ohio State is now 7-1-7 in overtime matches over the last three seasons.
– The seven goals against Illinois Sept. 14 marked the most in a Big Ten game in program history and tied for the fourth-most in any contest. The highest-scoring outputs in Ohio State women’s soccer history:
               14 vs. Robert Morris (10/12/95)
               9 at Valparaiso (11/2/96)
               8 vs. Xavier (9/2/04)
               7 vs. Youngstown State (9/21/03)
               7 vs. Illinois (9/14/17)
– The Buckeyes are second in the Big Ten with 26 goals and 79 points.
– Sammy Edwards is tied for third in the conference with six goals and fourth with 17 points while Nikki Walts is tied for fourth with six assists. Edwards and Arden Holden are tied for fifth with five assists. Goalkeeper Devon Kerr ranks third in the conference with a 0.53 goals-against average and tied for second with six shutouts.
– Ohio State sits tied for tied for 31st nationally with 26 goals and tied for 15th with 27 assists. The Buckeyes are 17th in the country with a 0.48 goals-against average and 32nd with 2.17 goals per game.
– Nikki Walts is tied for 19th nationally with six assists while Devon Kerr is tied for 18th with six clean sheets.
– Sammy Edwards is tied for 11th on the Buckeyes’ career goals list with Colleen Hoban, finding the back of the net 23 times. Edwards also has tallied 55 career points, tying her for 13th on the Ohio State career points list with Lindsay Agnew and Becky Borchers. Nikki Walts is tied for fifth on the career assists list with 19.
– With the wins at Nebraska and Iowa, the Buckeyes earned victories in their first two Big Ten road matches of the season for the first time since the 2010 campaign.
– The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 15-1 after halftime this season.

KERR EARNS B1G WEEKLY HONOR
Devon Kerr has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Sept. 26. The honor was the first such award for Kerr and the first Big Ten weekly award for a Buckeye since Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 11, 2016.

Kerr made a season-best seven saves in a 1-0 win at Nebraska Friday night before coming back to make three stops in the Buckeyes’ 2-0 victory at Iowa Sunday afternoon.

BUCKEYE TRIO NAMED PLAYERS TO WATCH
Seniors Nikki Walts and Morgan Wolcott, along with freshman Maddy Lowe, have been named the Buckeyes’ players to watch, the conference office announced Aug. 14. Ohio State was selected eighth in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll.

WALTS, WOLCOTT NAMED 2017 CAPTAINS
Seniors Nikki Walts and Morgan Wolcott have been named captains of the 2017 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker-Hock announced Aug. 15. In addition, Walker-Hock announced sophomore Meghan Kammerdeiner will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State enters the match with a 5-8-0 record, 1-5-0 in Big Ten play. Jamie Cheslik leads the Spartans with six goals while Reilley Ott has seen the majority of the time in goal, posting a 2.16 goals-against average with 74 saves.

Ohio State holds a 12-10-0 lead in the all-time series with the Spartans.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN
Michigan enters the weekend with a 5-2-6 record, 2-1-3 in Big Ten play. Reilly Martin is tied for the team lead with four goals and five assists while Sarah Jackson has spent the majority of the time in goal, tallying a 0.98 goals-against average with 50 saves.

The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with Michigan, 13-12-3, after a 2-1 win last October in Ann Arbor.

11 AT HOME AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes three more matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.

THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 21st-year head coach Lori Walker-Hock. She has guided the team to 11 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15-16), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 235-157-41 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 248-180-42.

Assistant coaches Brian Jankowski and Michael Needham are each in their first season on Walker-Hock’s staff.

JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM
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 128-51-19 all-time.
– Ohio State is 109-34-17 since 2003 and 63-22-9 since 2009.

UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to Maryland for a 7 p.m. match Oct. 12 before a 1 p.m. contest at Rutgers Oct. 15.