COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to rebound from an 0-1-1 first weekend when it travels to Pittsburgh for a 7 p.m. match Friday before returning home to take on West Virginia at 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all Ohio State women’s soccer home matches is free to all.
The Buckeyes dropped their 2010 opener, 2-1, to Wisconsin-Milwaukee before coming back to tie Marquette last weekend. Paige Maxwell and Aly Walker each scored a goal for Ohio State.
A LOOK AT 2010
The Buckeyes have a combined 371 career starts among 14 returning upperclassmen. Twenty letterwinners and nine starters are back off last year’s team that finished 14-4-2, 7-2-1 in the Big Ten and will join a group of seven talented freshmen in 2010.
Freshmen or sophomores accounted for 24 of 39 goals last season and the Buckeyes welcome back all four starters from last year’s back line that played a huge part in giving up a program record low 13 goals, down from 39 two years ago.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Sue-Moy Chin, Pittsburgh has gotten off to a 1-1-0 start, defeating Buffalo and falling to Ohio the first weekend of play. Sophomore Ashley Cuba leads the Panthers with three goals after scoring a hat trick against Buffalo in the opener. Freshman Katelyn Lippert has recorded a pair of assists.
Ohio State fell to the Panthers, 2-1, last season as the all-time series between the two schools is knotted up at one win apiece.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
Led by 15th-year head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, the Mountaineers dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker in overtime to No. 11 Penn State last weekend in their opener. Sophomore Bri Rodriguez scored the lone goal for West Virginia in the loss.
Ohio State trails the all-time series, 2-3-1, after the teams played to a scoreless draw last season in Morgantown.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 14th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to five NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller is in his third season as associate head coach and 10th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2010 season marks the third season for assistant coach Glen Tourville and the first for student assistant coach Lauren Robertson.
Cassie Dickerson was named a team captain for the third-consecutive season and is joined by defenders Lauren Beachy and Danielle Scoliere. The trio has combined for 122 career starts.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish second in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll. Penn State garnered the top spot in voting by the coaches for the eighth consecutive season.
DICKERSON ON M.A.C. HERMANN LIST
Defender Cassie Dickerson was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list, the Missouri Athletic Club announced.
The senior from Kalamazoo, Mich. was named a first-team All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region selection in 2009 after starting 19 games at center back for the Buckeyes. A Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, the three-time captain played the second-most minutes on the team, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists on the season.
It marks the second time in program history that a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer.
The first 50 fans to the match against West Virginia Sunday afternoon will receive a FREE ice cream sundae cone. Sundae’s will be available at each Sunday home match this season.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 11 years of existence. Consider:
– The home team is 74-32-10 all-time.
– Ohio State is 55-15-8 since 2003 and 30-10-4 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009.
10 AT HOME…AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 10 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Oct. 3 against rival and Big Ten preseason favorite Penn State. 2010 marks the second consecutve season that admission to all Ohio State home soccer matches is free to all.
The Buckeyes travel to Dayton for a 6 p.m. match Sept. 3 before returning home to take on Akron at 6 p.m. Sept. 5.