Sept. 29, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts Northwestern at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
After suffering a 3-0 loss to No. 10 Nebraska Friday night, No. 17 Ohio State bounced back to earn a 3-0 victory over Iowa Sunday afternoon. Lindsay Agnew scored three times in a five-minute span early in the second half for the 13th hat trick in program history while the Buckeyes picked up their third clean sheet of the season.
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 222-152-38 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 235-175-39.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked 21st in the latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index) rankings, released by the NCAA Monday. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 25 along with No. 13 Rutgers, No. 15 Nebraska, No. 19 Penn State and No. 23 Minnesota.
SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes sit tied for third in the Big Ten with 20 goals while ranking fifth in the conference with 18 assists.
– Lindsay Agnew is tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for 13th nationally with eight goals after tallying her first-career hat trick in a 3-0 win over Iowa Sept. 25. Agnew’s 19 points also rank second in the Big Ten and tied for 17th nationally.
– Nichelle Prince is tied for ninth on the Ohio State career goals list with 24. The senior also has moved into fourth place on the Buckeyes’ career assists list with 19 and tied for eighth with 67 career points.
– Prince has notched two of the 13 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013. Sammy Edwards is the third 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 22-0-2 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 6-0-1 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.
Northwestern enters the match with a 10-1-0 record, 3-1-0 in Big Ten play, after earning wins against Indiana, Purdue and Maryland in the first two weekends of conference play. Brenna Lovera leads the Wildcats with six goals on the year while Lauren Clem leads the Big Ten and ranks 11th nationally with a 0.36 goals-against average with eight clean sheets.
Ohio State is 14-6-1 all-time against Northwestern, winning the last seven matchups against the Wildcats.
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 initial development camp went from Sept. 5 to Sept. 16 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 has come off the bench six times for the Buckeyes, playing a season-high 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. 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 222-152-38 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 235-175-39.
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 121-48-17 all-time.
– Ohio State is 102-31-15 since 2003 and 56-19-7 since 2009.
No. 21 Ohio State travels to Maryland at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 before hitting the road to face Purdue at 1 p.m. Oct. 9.