Aug 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team opens its 2013 season when it hosts Morehead State and Eastern Michigan this weekend at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Friday matchup against Morehead State is set for 7 p.m. while Sunday’s game against Eastern Michigan is slated for 6 p.m.
Fans can follow live stats and streaming video on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC.
A LOOK AT 2013
The Buckeyes have a combined 286 career starts among 14 returning letterwinners. Seven starters are back off last year’s team that finished 16-4-2-2, 8-2-1 in Big Ten play, won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the program’s fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament.
SCOUTING MOREHEAD STATE
Morehead State returns nine starters off its 2012 team that finished 2-12-4. The Eagles’ two leading goal scorers are back in Kimberly Golden and Macy Cobb, who each notched three goals a season ago.
The Buckeyes won the only previous matchup between the two schools, 5-0, in 2005.
SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN
Eastern Michigan welcomes back 10 starters off last year’s team that went 11-6-2, 8-3 in MAC play. First team All-MAC selection Bianca Rossi is back after leading the Eagles with eight goals in 2012.
Sunday will mark the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Eagles.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Aug. 14. Senior Megan Fuller and freshmen Lindsay Agnew and Nichelle Prince were named the Buckeyes’ players to watch.
BUCKEYES IN PRESEASON TOP 25
Ohio State garnered preseason recognition from the NSCAA, earning a No. 23 preseason ranking.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 17th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to eight NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12) as well as three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 186-124-28 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 199-147-29.
NINE AT HOME AND FREE ADMISSION
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 20 against Illinois. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
BUCKEYES ON BTN
Ohio State will be on BTN at least three times in 2013. The Buckeyes will take on Indiana at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in Columbus and also will have a 12:30 p.m. contest Oct. 6 at Wisconsin and a 3 p.m. matchup Oct. 17 at Penn State televised on BTN. In addition, the semifinals and championship of the Big Ten Tournament also will be televised on the network.
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 99-38-13 all-time.
– Ohio State is 80-21-11 since 2003 and 55-16-7 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009, 9-2-2 in 2010, 7-4 in 2011 and 9-1-1 in 2012.
Ohio State hosts Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 before welcoming Arizona to Columbus at 6 p.m. Sept. 1.