Aug. 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team welcomes Northeastern and No. 17 Maryland to Columbus to open the 2012 home schedule this weekend. The Buckeyes take on Northeastern at 7 p.m. Friday before hosting the Terrapins at 6 p.m. Sunday.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes dropped their first two matchups of 2012, suffering a 2-0 loss at Hofstra Friday and a 1-0 double overtime defeat at Rutgers Sunday.
After struggling offensively against Hofstra, the Buckeyes picked up the pace at Rutgers, tallying 13 shots, including seven on goal, but were unable to find the back of the net as the Scarlet Knights scored a minute into the second overtime for the victory.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Northeastern is 0-1 on the season, dropping its season opener to Boston University, 1-0. Sophomore goalkeeper Paige Burnett made six saves in the loss while Greta Samuelsdottir and Hannah Terry each recorded three shots.
Ohio State won the only previous matchup with the Huskies, a 2-1 victory in 2005.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland is 1-0-1 after the first weekend of play, posting a 3-0 win at Navy and playing to a scoreless draw at Villanova. Midfielder Becky Kalplan scored twice in the season opener and goalkeepers Rachelle Beanlands and Shannon Zickler have combined to post two shutouts in the first two contests.
Sunday will mark the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Terrapins.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Aug. 14. 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 170-122-26 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 188-145-27.
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 home 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 host Syracuse at 6 p.m. Sept. 2.