Sept. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m. Friday and St. John’s at 11 a.m. Sunday.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State split a pair of games last weekend, falling 1-0 at Boston College Thursday before earning a 4-1 victory at Northeastern Sunday. Nichelle Prince assisted on the Buckeyes’ opening goal at Northeastern Sunday and then went on to tally three goals for Ohio State’s 11th hat trick in program history and the first since Lauren Granberg scored three times in a 4-0 win at Nebraska Oct. 14 of last season. The seven-point match against the Huskies marked the highest point total of any Big Ten player this season and fell one shy of the program record held by Lisa Suttmiller.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Central Michigan enters the weekend 0-4-1 on the season. Laura Gosse and Jennifer Gassman each have a goal for the Chippewas.
The meeting Friday will be the first all-time matchup between the two schools.
SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S
St. John’s is 6-0 on the season after a pair of 4-0 wins over Central Connecticut State and Brown last weekend. Rachel Daly leads the country in goals scored with 11 to go along with a pair of assists while goalkeeper Diana Poulin has a 0.18 goals-against average. The Red Storm is tied for eighth nationally with 3.50 goals scored per game.
Ohio State won the only previous meeting against St. John’s, a 4-1 victory in 1996.
MULTIPLE BUCKEYES MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS
Twelve Buckeyes have tallied a point through the first six matches, including six different goal scorers. Six players have notched their first points in a Buckeye uniform through the first three weeks of the 2013 season.
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 the most votes of any team outside the Top 25. In addition, the Buckeyes are ranked seventh 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) as well as three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 190-125-29 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 203-148-30.
NINE AT HOME AND FREE ADMISSION
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 20 against Illinois. 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 102-38-14 all-time.
– Ohio State is 83-21-12 since 2003 and 58-16-8 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 opens Big Ten play at 5 p.m. Sept. 20 against Illinois at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.