September 26, 2017

No. 22 Ohio State Hosts No. 7 Penn State Saturday Night

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Sept. 26, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts No. 7 Penn State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State earned its second-consecutive shutout victory on the road, topping Iowa, 2-0, Sunday afternoon in Iowa City. Morgan Wolcott scored the game-winner in the 56th minute before Sammy Edwards added an insurance tally in the 76th. Devon Kerr made three saves to earn her fifth clean sheet of the season.

IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes are receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll but are ranked 22nd by TopDrawerSoccer.com and 23rd by Soccer America.

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 8-0-0 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 tied for first in the Big Ten with 25 goals and second with 76 points.
– Sammy Edwards is tied for fifth in the conference with five goals and tied for third with 15 points while Nikki Walts is third with six assists. Edwards and Arden Holden are tied for fourth with five assists. Goalkeeper Devon Kerr ranks fourth in the conference with a 0.58 goals-against average and tied for second with five shutouts.
– Ohio State sits tied for tied for 17th nationally with 25 goals and tied for 14th with 26 assists. The Buckeyes are 18th in the country with a 0.52 goals-against average and 30th with 2.27 goals per game.
– Nikki Walts is tied for 12th nationally with six assists while Devon Kerr is tied for 17th with five clean sheets.
– Sammy Edwards is tied for 12th on the Ohio State career goals list with 22 and tied for 15th on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 53. Nikki Walts is tied for fifth on the career assists list with 19.
– With the wins at Nebraska and Iowa, the Buckeyes have 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 14-1 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 Tuesday. The honor is 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 PENN STATE
Penn State enters the match with a 7-2-1 overall record and a Big Ten-best 3-0-1 conference record. Emily Ogle and Marissa Sheva lead the Nittany Lions with four goals apiece while Rose Chandler has seen the majority of the time in goal, tallying a 0.90 goals-against average with three shutouts.

The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with Penn State, 6-21-1. Ohio State’s last victory in the series was a 1-0 overtime win in 2010.

11 AT HOME AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes four 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 234-157-41 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 247-180-42.

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 127-51-19 all-time.
– Ohio State is 108-34-17 since 2003 and 62-22-9 since 2009.

UP NEXT
Ohio State Michigan State at 5 p.m. Friday and Michigan at noon Sunday. It’ll be Alumni Weekend in Columbus and the match against the Wolverines will be televised live on BTN.