Sept. 25, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts Indiana and Purdue this week at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match against the Hoosiers is slated for 3 p.m. Thursday and will be televised live on BTN while the game against the Boilermakers is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fans can follow live stats and streaming video (Purdue match) on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State played to a 1-1 draw against Illinois in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener last Friday. Michela Paradiso scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes, her first of the season, to knot the game in the 84th minute. Rachel Middleman made six saves in the first half for the Buckeyes while Jillian McVicker made five while playing the final 65 minutes.
Indiana enters the week with an 8-0-1 record after picking up a 1-0 victory over Minnesota in its Big Ten opener. Lisa Nouanesengsy leads the Hoosier with six goals while Kayleigh Steigerwalt has a team-high four assists. Goalkeeper Shannon Flower leads the Big Ten with a 0.22 goals-against average and seven shutouts.
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Indiana, 11-10-2, but has won five of the last six meetings.
Purdue is 5-3-1 on the season after dropping its Big Ten opener, 3-1, against No. 24 Wisconsin. Maddy Williams leads the Boilermakers while Hadley Stuart has a team-high eight assists.
Ohio State holds an 11-9-1 lead in the all-time series with Purdue.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in several categories including goals-against average (3rd, 0.63), shutouts (3rd, 4), corner kicks (1st, 59) and goals allowed (t-3rd, 6).
Nichelle Prince sits tied for eighth in the conference with five goals and tied for 10th with 14 points. Jillian McVicker ranks second with a 0.41 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage while Rachel Middleman sits seventh with a 0.87 goals-against average and an .800 save percentage.
MULTIPLE BUCKEYES MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS
Twelve Buckeyes have tallied a point through the first eight matches, including seven different goal scorers. Six players have notched their first points in a Buckeye uniform.
FULLER CONTINUES STREAK
Senior defender and co-captain Megan Fuller has been a stalwart on the back line for the Buckeyes over her career. The Bondurant, Iowa, native has not missed a minute of game time since the final game of the 2011 campaign in the Sweet 16 at Duke.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State sits just outside the Top 25 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s poll this week, garnering votes in the poll. In addition, the Buckeyes are ranked fifth in the Great Lakes region.
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.
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), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 192-125-30 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 205-148-31.
NINE AT HOME AND FREE ADMISSION
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes eight 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.
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 102-38-15 all-time.
– Ohio State is 83-21-13 since 2003 and 58-16-9 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 travels to Minnesota Oct. 4 before a matchup at Wisconsin Oct. 6.