COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team, 2-0, so far in its slate of spring 2009 exhibition matches, is preparing for a busy Easter weekend. The team will host a Canadian Olympic Development team at 8 p.m. Friday in what is being billed as the team’s “spring game” at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Gates to the stadium open at 6:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.
Then on Saturday, the Buckeyes will entertain Central Michigan at 1 p.m. and Wright State at 5 p.m. Both games are scheduled to be played on the upper practice fields, just west of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Wright State and Central Michigan will play in a 3 p.m. match as well. All the games Saturday will be played in two 30-minute halves.
Head coach Lori Walker likes the opportunity for her team to play plenty of soccer this weekend.
“The two games Saturday were set up previously,” Walker, in her 13th season as coach of the Buckeyes, said Wednesday after a team practice on the outdoor turf field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “So when the opportunity came up to play the game against the team from Canada, we didn’t want to let that opportunity slip away.
“So our objective this weekend will be to play as many of our 23 healthy players as possible.”
Team 2-0 This Spring
Ohio State is coming off a 3-0 win Sunday over Ohio University as six players contributed points. Junior (this fall) Lauren Steuer scored in the 24th minute with an assist to senior Ashley Bowyer. Sophomore Brooke Taylor added a goal in the 38th minute off an assist from first-year make that first month freshman Kayla Eckman, who graduated early from Freeport Area High School in Freeport, Pa., and enrolled at Ohio State for the start of the 2009 spring quarter. And junior Ali Schwach tallied in the 63rd minute off an assist from junior Alex Burzynski.
Earlier in the spring season, Ohio State defeated Kent State, 2-0, off Steuer and sophomore Paige Maxwell goals.
Some Spring Notes: