Aug. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team opens the 2012 season this weekend at Hofstra and Rutgers. The matchup with Hofstra is slated for 7 p.m. Friday in Hempstead, N.Y., while the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights will square off at 1 p.m. Sunday in Piscataway, N.J.
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A LOOK AT 2012
The Buckeyes have a combined 308 career starts among 14 returning letterwinners. Six starters are back off last year’s team that finished 12-9-2, 5-5-1 in Big Ten play, and advanced to the program’s second-consecutive NCAA Sweet 16.
Returning players accounted for 22 of 31 goals and 28 of 42 assists last season.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
Hofstra returns eight starters off a 2011 team that finished 10-8-0. All-CAA defender Brooke Bendernagel is back along with CAA All-Rookie midfielder Sam Scolarici (5g, 2a).
The Buckeyes lost their only matchup with the Pride, a 1-0 defeat in the 2007 NCAA tournament.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers enters the season after finishing 2011 8-8-3, 3-5-3 in Big East play. The Scarlet Knights return Jonelle Filigno, who led the team with six goals last season despite missing the final 11 games with an injury.
The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights have met just once, a 1-0 Rutgers win in Columbus in 2008.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Tuesday. Seniors Tiffany Cameron and Lauren Granberg and junior Danica Wu were named the Buckeyes’ players to watch.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 16th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to seven NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Her record at Ohio State is now 170-120-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 188-143-27.
Glen Tourville is in his fifth season as associate head coach while Jason Goodson enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes. The 2012 season is the ninth for volunteer coach Spencer Bownas.
Ohio State received almost half of its offense (15 of 31 goals) last season from North of the Border. Canadians Tiffany Cameron (8 goals), Lauren Granberg (3), Kiiri Kuld (2) and Danica Wu (2) led the charge on the goal, as well as contributing 11 assists.
11 AT HOME…AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 16 against Minnesota. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer homes games.
JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the sparkling 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 90-37-11 all-time.
– Ohio State is 71-20-9 since 2003 and 46-15-5 since 2006.
– The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009; 9-2-2 in 2010; 7-4 in 2011.
The Buckeyes open the 2012 home slate against Northeastern at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and preseason No. 13 Maryland at 6 p.m. Aug. 26.