Nov. 11, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team has been selected to compete in its fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament, the NCAA announced Monday. The Buckeyes will take on Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Lexington.

“We’re really excited to have an opportunity to play against a team like Kentucky,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “I have the utmost respect for what Jon has done with his program down there. We will be playing against a quality opponent in a fantastic environment Friday night. There was a lot of disappointment and frustration with how our season went. We felt that no bounce went our way except for this selection but we’re happy about it and excited to represent the Big Ten.”

Tickets are available beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. and can be purchased by contacting the Kentucky Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling 800-928-2278. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students (2-18 years old), $3 for senior citizens (65+), with children under the age of two admitted for free.

Ohio State finished the regular season with a 10-6-3 record, 4-5-2 in Big Ten play. In 21 seasons of women’s soccer, 2013 marks the ninth time overall and sixth time in the past seven seasons the Buckeyes have reached the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State is 9-7-2 all-time in NCAA play, all under the direction of Walker. The Buckeyes are 0-4-1 all-time against Kentucky.

Kentucky, coached by former Ohio State assistant Jon Lipsitz, is 13-5-1 on the season and posted a 7-4-0 record in SEC play. Arin Gilliland leads the Wildcats with 11 goals and nine assists while goalkeeper Kayla King has posted a 1.21 goals-against average and five shutouts.

The Big Ten and the ACC each put eight teams in the NCAA Tournament, the most of any conference nationally. Penn State, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska and Illinois join the Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament. Morehead State, Boston College, Northeastern and St. John’s, four more 2013 opponents of the Buckeyes, also qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State is 5-4-2 on the season against those teams.