October 27, 2017

Top-Seeded Ohio State Hosts Eighth-Seeded Iowa in Big Ten Quarterfinal Sunday

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Oct. 27, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts eighth-seeded Iowa in a Big Ten quarterfinal at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Sammy Edwards scored her ninth and 10th goals of the season as Ohio State topped Indiana, 2-1, Wednesday night to earn the first outright Big Ten championship in program history. The Buckeyes, who outshot the Hoosiers 24-11, including 10-5 on goal, concluded the regular season with a 14-3-1 overall record, 9-2-0 in Big Ten play.

BUCKEYES IN THE B1G TOURNAMENT
Ohio State is 12-12-4 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play, winning championships in 2002, 2004 and 2012. In 13 conference tournament under the direction of head coach Lori Walker-Hock, the Buckeyes have tallied a 12-9-4 record.

BUCKEYES’ ALL-BIG HONOREES
In the list of All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners announced Friday, head coach Lori Walker-Hock was a unanimous choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year while Nikki Walts was named midfielder of the Year and Morgan Wolcott garnered Defender of the Year laurels. Forward Sammy Edwards joined Walts and Wolcott as first team All-Big Ten picks while goalkeeper Devon Kerr was a second team All-Big Ten selection and midfielder Sarah Roberts and defender Izzy Rodriguez were third team all-conference honorees. Forward Maddy Lowe joined Rodriguez on the Big Ten All-Freshman team while defender Kylie Knight was the Buckeyes’ Big Ten sportsmanship award selection.

IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes are ranked 13th in the United Soccer Coaches poll and TopDrawerSoccer.com and 21st by Soccer America. Ohio State also has moved up to 15th in the latest RPI rankings and is ranked first in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest region.

BUCKEYES PICK UP B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Three Buckeyes have picked up a total of five Big Ten Conference weekly honors so far in 2017.

Ohio State Big Ten Weekly Honors:
Devon Kerr – Defensive Player of the Week (9/26)
Sammy Edwards – Offensive Player of the Week (10/4)
Devon Kerr – Defensive Player of the Week (10/4)
Izzy Rodriguez – Freshman of the Week (10/11)
Sammy Edwards – Offensive Player of the Week (10/26)

SOME MORE NOTES
– Ohio State is 36-1-2 when scoring at least two goals in a game since the start of 2014, including 9-0-0 in 2017. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 in 2016 and 10-1-1 last season.
– Ohio State is 14-0-0 when scoring first after going 10-0-1 when scoring first a season ago.
– The Buckeyes suffered their first loss in 15 overtime matches in a 1-0 double-overtime defeat at No. 1 West Virginia last Nov. 18 before going 3-0-1 in overtime contests so far in 2017. Ohio State is now 8-1-7 in overtime matches over the last three seasons.
– The seven goals against Illinois Sept. 14 marked the most in a Big Ten game in program history and tied for the fourth-most in any contest. The highest-scoring outputs in Ohio State women’s soccer history:
               14 vs. Robert Morris (10/12/95)
               9 at Valparaiso (11/2/96)
               8 vs. Xavier (9/2/04)
               7 vs. Youngstown State (9/21/03)
               7 vs. Illinois (9/14/17)
– The goal the Buckeyes allowed in the 83rd minute snapped at Rutgers Ohio State’s shutout streak at 687:20, marking the longest shutout streak in program history. The streak bested the previous high of 522 minutes in 1998 and 460:59 in 2012.
– The Buckeyes are third in the Big Ten with 34 goals scored and second with 35 assists.
Sammy Edwards is tied for third in the conference with 10 goals and third with 25 points while Nikki Walts is tied for second with eight assists. Edwards’ five game-winning goals tie for second in the conference while Arden Holden is tied for fifth with six assists. Goalkeeper Devon Kerr ranks second in the conference with a 0.52 goals-against average and tied for second with nine shutouts.
– Ohio State sits 16th in the country with a 0.48 goals-against average and 27th with a 0.85 save percentage. The Buckeyes also are tied for 21st with 35 assists.
Nikki Walts is tied for 15th nationally with eight assists while Devon Kerr is tied for 14th with nine clean sheets and 17th with a 0.52 goals-against average.
Sammy Edwards joins Nichelle Prince and Lara Dickenmann in a tie for eighth on the Ohio State career goals list with 27. The senior also moved into 10th on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 63. Nikki Walts sits in sole possession of fourth place on the Buckeyes’ career assists list with 21 and tied for sixth on the single-season assists list with eight. Devon Kerr’s nine shutouts tie her with Emily Haynam and Amber Barnes for second on the Buckeyes’ single-season shutout list. Kerr also sits tied with Katie Baumgardner for fifth on the Ohio State career clean sheet list with 11.
– With the wins at Nebraska and Iowa, the Buckeyes earned victories in their first two Big Ten road matches of the season for the first time since the 2010 campaign.
– Ohio State allowed just four shots against Michigan and then again at No. 24 Rutgers, marking the fewest the Buckeyes have allowed in a game since allowing four in a 3-0 win over Indiana Oct. 30, 2011.
– The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 18-4 after halftime this season.

BUCKEYE TRIO NAMED PLAYERS TO WATCH
Seniors Nikki Walts and Morgan Wolcott, along with freshman Maddy Lowe, have been named the Buckeyes’ players to watch, the conference office announced Aug. 14. Ohio State was selected eighth in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll.

WALTS, WOLCOTT NAMED 2017 CAPTAINS
Seniors Nikki Walts and Morgan Wolcott have been named captains of the 2017 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker-Hock announced Aug. 15. In addition, Walker-Hock announced sophomore Meghan Kammerdeiner will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.

SCOUTING IOWA
Iowa finished the regular season with a 9-7-2 record, 4-5-2 in Big Ten play, and secured its conference tournament berth with a 1-0 win at Illinois Wednesday night. Devin Burns leads the Hawkeyes with nine goals and five assists while Claire Graves has posted a 1.17 goals-against average with 68 saves and seven shutouts.

The Buckeyes hold a 14-6-1 lead in the all-time series and topped the Hawkeyes, 2-0, in Iowa City Sept. 24.

THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 21st-year head coach Lori Walker-Hock. She has guided the team to 11 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15-16), two Big Ten regular season championship (2010, 2017) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 240-158-41 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 253-181-42.

Assistant coaches Brian Jankowski and Michael Needham are each in their first season on Walker-Hock’s staff.

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 131-51-19 all-time.
– Ohio State is 112-34-17 since 2003 and 66-22-9 since 2009.

UP NEXT
The winner of the matchup between the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes takes on the winner of No. 4 seed Rutgers and No. 5 seed penn State at 1 p.m. Friday at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.