Sept. 22, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team returns home to host No. 10 Nebraska and Iowa this weekend at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match against the Cornhuskers is set for 7 p.m. Friday with kick against the Hawkeyes slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
No. 7 Ohio State earned a 2-2 draw at Wisconsin last Friday before falling at No. 13 Minnesota, 3-0, Sunday afternoon. Lindsay Agnew opened the scoring with a 20th-minute goal against the Badgers while Nikki Walts tallied the equalizer in the 85th minute.
WALKER IN 20TH SEASON AT HELM
Head coach Lori Walker is in her 20th season at Ohio State in 2016. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001 and 2010) has led the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 221-151-38 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 234-174-39.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State sits at No. 17 in the first RPI (Rating Percentage Index) rankings of 2016, the NCAA released Monday. In addition, the Buckeyes checked in at No. 23 in the latest Top Drawer Soccer rankings and are receiving votes in this week’s NSCAA poll.
SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes are fourth in the Big Ten with 17 goals and 15 assists on the season.
– Lindsay Agnew is tied for second in the Big Ten with 13 points and tied for fifth in the conference with five goals. Agnew, Nichelle Prince and Nikki Walts sit tied for fifth in the conference with three assists.
– Nichelle Prince is tied for ninth on the Ohio State career goals list with 24. The senior also has moved into ninth place on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 65.
– Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013. Sammy Edwards is the only other Buckeye on the roster with a hat trick, scoring three times in a 4-2 win against Dayton in 2014.
– This season, the Buckeyes are slated to face five teams ranked the NSCAA preseason poll, including Penn State (No. 2), West Virginia (No. 6), Rutgers (No. 10), BYU (No. 16) and Virginia Tech (No. 17).
– Ohio State is 21-0-2 when scoring at least two goals dating back to the start of 2014. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 last season and are 5-0-1 after scoring at least twice this season.
– The Buckeyes moved to 2-0-1 on the year in overtime matches with the 2-2 draw at Wisconsin Sept. 16. Nichelle Prince (vs. Texas) and Haley Walker-Robinson (at Florida Gulf Coast) have previously scored overtime game-winners for the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State is now 5-0-4 in overtime matches over the last two seasons and is undefeated in its last 12 overtime matches.
Nebraska, who enters the week ranked No. 10 in the first RPI rankings of the season, is 7-3-0 on the year, picking up a 2-0 win against Michigan State before falling to Michigan, 2-1, last weekend. Haley Hanson leads the Huskers with five goals and 11 points while Aubrei Corder has played every minute in goal, tallying a 1.16 goals-against average with three clean sheets.
Ohio State and Nebraska have split six all-time meetings, with the Huskers picking up a 2-0 win last year in Lincoln.
Iowa enters the weekend with a 6-4-0 record, dropping its first two Big Ten contests to Michigan and Michigan State. Bri Toelle leads the Hawkeyes with five goals and 12 points while Claire Graves has seen the majority of the time in goal, posting a 1.65 goals-against average with 40 saves.
Ohio State holds a 12-6-1 lead in the all-time series with Iowa after earning a 3-1 win last year in Iowa City.
PRINCE EARNS BRONZE WITH CANADA
Nichelle Prince earned a bronze medal with Canada’s 2-1 win over Brazil Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo.
Prince was named to the Canadian Olympic team this past summer, becoming the first women’s soccer Buckeye to compete in the Olympics when she came off the bench in Canada’s 3-1 win over Zimbabwe Aug. 6 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The senior played 21 minutes in a 2-1 win over Germany Aug. 9 and again came off the bench in the 85th minute of a 2-0 loss to the Germans in the semifinals Aug. 16. Canada then topped host Brazil, 2-1, Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo to earn the bronze medal.
MOUSSET CALLED TO CANADIAN U-20 CAMP
Marike Mousset has been called in to Canadian U-20 camp in preparation for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in November in Papua New Guinea. The development camp goes from Sept. 1 to Sept. 18 with the next preparatory camp for Canada slated to begin Nov. 1 in Brisbane, Australia.
After sitting out the first four matches of the season, Mousset came off the bench twice for the Buckeyes, playing 24 minutes in a 2-1 win over No. 16 Virginia Tech Sept. 1 and another 42 minutes in a 2-1 setback at No. 4 West Virginia Sept. 4.
AGNEW, WOLCOTT NAMED 2016 CAPTAINS
Seniors Lindsay Agnew and Morgan Wolcott have been named captains of the 2016 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker announced Aug. 22. In addition, Walker announced junior Nikki Walts will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.
NINE AT HOME AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with the Big Ten home opener set for 7 p.m. Sept. 23 against Nebraska. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 20th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 221-151-38 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 234-174-39.
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 120-47-17 all-time.
– Ohio State is 101-30-15 since 2003 and 55-18-7 since 2009.
No. 17 Ohio State continues its homestand against Northwestern at 7 p.m. Saturday.