Oct. 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts Iowa and Nebraska this weekend at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes face the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m. Friday and the Huskers at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State was edged, 2-1, at Michigan State Thursday before coming back to tie No. 24 Michigan, 2-2, Sunday afternoon. Kayla Varner scored the Buckeyes’ lone goal on a penalty kick against the Spartans while Ellyn Gruber and Sammy Edwards scored against the Wolverines.
SOME MORE NOTES
– Junior Michela Paradiso sits tied for 11th in Ohio State history with 15 assists while Ellyn Gruber ranks tied for 14th with 14 career assists.
– Sammy Edwards’ hat trick against Dayton marked the 13th in Ohio State history and first since Nichelle Prince scored three times in a 6-1 win over Northwestern Oct. 20 of last season.
– Sophomore Nichelle Prince already sits 15th on the Ohio State career goals list after tallying 13 as a freshman last season and one so far this year.
– Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern last year.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa is 11-4-1 on the year, 6-3-1 in Big Ten play. Cloe Lacasse leads the Hawkeyes with nine goals and six assists while Hannah Clark has seen the majority of the time in goal, posting a 0.77 goals-against average with seven shutouts.
The Buckeyes hold an 11-5-1 lead in the all-time series with the Hawkeyes.
SCOUTING THE HUSKERS
Nebraska enters the week with a 7-7-2 overall record, 3-5-2 in conference play. Jaycie Johnson has a team-best 11 goals to go along with three assists while Kelly Schatz has tallied a 1.62 goals-against average with three shutouts.
The Buckeyes have split four all-time meetings with the Huskers.
WALKER EARNS 200TH AT OHIO STATE
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker picked up her 200th win at Ohio State in the Buckeyes’ 2-1 overtime win at Indiana Sept. 12. With her 13 wins in two seasons as head coach at Kansas, the two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has notched 214 career wins in 20 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Gruber, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered the 2014 season after playing in 63 career matches, starting 45. Also a team captain in 2013, Gruber tallied three goals and tied for the team lead with seven assists last season as a junior. Gruber, who has notched four goals and 12 assists in her career, is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick.
NINE AT HOME…AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine 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 twice in 2014. The Buckeyes faced Purdue Sept. 14 in West Lafayette, Ind., and squared off with Michigan State Oct. 16 in East Lansing on BTN. In addition, the semifinals and championship of the Big Ten tournament also will be televised on the network.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 18th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to nine NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 201-139-34 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 214-162-35.
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 108-41-16 all-time.
– Ohio State is 89-24-14 since 2003 and 43-12-6 since 2009.
Ohio State hosts Rutgers on Senior Day at 7 p.m. Oct. 31.