September 18, 2017

Ohio State Hits the Road to Square Off with Nebraska, Iowa

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Sept. 18, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road to take on Nebraska and Iowa this weekend. The match against the Huskers is slated for 8:05 p.m. ET Friday before a 3 p.m. ET Sunday matchup in Iowa City.

Fans can follow live stats and streaming video on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC. The match against the Hawkeyes will be televised live on BTN. 

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State opened Big Ten play with a 7-0 win over Illinois Thursday night before dropping a 1-0 decision to Northwestern Sunday afternoon. The seven goals against the Illini marked the most in a Big Ten game in program history and tied for the fourth-most in any contest. Sarah Roberts and Riley Bowers each scored twice for the Buckeyes while Eleanor Gabriel, Marike Mousset and Sammy Edwards added a goal apiece. Sunday against the Wildcats, the Buckeyes fell behind in the 37th minute and were unable to find the equalizer despite outshooting Northwestern 8-2 in the second half.

IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes are receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches and TopDrawerSoccer.com polls.

SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes square off with eight NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago. Among the Buckeyes’ 2017 opponents, six appeared in the United Soccer Coaches’ preseason poll including No. 8 BYU, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 21 Rutgers, No. 22 Nebraska and No. 23 Northwestern.
Sammy Edwards is the only Buckeye on the roster with a hat trick, notching the 13th in program history in a 4-2 win against Dayton in 2014.
– Ohio State is 32-1-2 when scoring at least two goals in a game since the start of 2014, including 6-0-0 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 6-0-0 when scoring first after going 10-0-1 when scoring first a season ago.
– The Buckeyes suffered their first loss in their last 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 second in the Big Ten with 22 goals while sitting second with 66 points.
Eleanor Gabriel is tied for ninth in the conference with four goals while Sammy Edwards, Arden Holden and Nikki Walts are tied for second in the conference with five assists. Edwards is tied for sixth on the conference with 11 points while goalkeeper Devon Kerr ranks fifth in the conference with a 0.73 goals-against average.
– Ohio State sits tied for tied for 15th nationally with 22 goals and tied for 11th with 24 assists. The Buckeyes are tied for 27th in the country with 8.00 shots on goal per game and are tied for 18th nationally with 2.44 goals per game.
Sammy Edwards, Arden Holden and Nikki Walts are tied for 17th nationally with five assists.
Sammy Edwards is 14th on the Ohio State career goals list with 20 while Nikki Walts is tied for sixth on the career assists list with 18.

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 NEBRASKA
Nebraska is 6-2-0 after having its Big Ten opener vs. Iowa postponed last Friday. The Huskers last played Sept. 10, a 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh. Haley Hanson and Elyse Huber lead Nebraska with four goals apiece while goalkeeper Aubrei Corder ranks third in the Big Ten with a 0.49 goals-against average.

The Buckeyes trail the Huskers, 4-3, in the all-time series after a 3-0 loss in Columbus last year.

SCOUTING IOWA
Iowa enters the weekend with a 5-2-0 record, also having not played since Sept. 10 after the postponement against Nebraska. Devin Burns and Olivia Fiegel lead the Hawkeyes with five goals each while Clair Graves has seen the majority of the time in goal, tallying a 1.08 goals-against average.

Ohio State holds a 13-6-1 lead in the all-time series after a 3-0 win in Columbus last year.

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 232-157-41 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 245-180-42.

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 hosts Penn State at 6 p.m. Sept. 30.