COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State has earned an at-large selection for the 2021 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament and will travel to Virginia Tech for a first round matchup on Friday, Nov. 12.
This will the Buckeyes’ 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th in the last 13 seasons. All 15 appearances have come under the direction of 25th-year head coach Lori Walker-Hock. The Buckeyes have a record of 13-13-2 in the NCAA Tournament.
“We’re super excited and thrilled to extended season,” said Walker-Hock. “Our players have done a lot this year. They have done a lot with a little, so they’re super excited. I think playing an ACC team that wants to try and play soccer is to our benefit. Coach Adair does a great job with his team, and I think it’ll be a great matchup for us.”
Ohio State was 9-8-2 overall and 4-4-2 in Big Ten play during the regular season. The Buckeyes are 39 in the RPI and had a pair of wins over RPI Top 25 teams. Senior Kayla Fischer leads the team in points with 18 (6g, 6a) while freshman Kailyn Dudukovich is right behind her with 17 points on a team-leading seven goals. Dudukovich and Fischer were named third All-Big Ten while Dudukovich and defender Sydney Jones each earned All-Freshman Team honors.
Last spring in the NCAA Tournament, the Buckeyes opened with a 5-1 win over Stony Brook in the opening round. Emma Sears and Kitty Jones Black each had goals in the win. They then fell in the second round to eventual champion Santa Clara.
Virginia Tech was 11-5-2 this season and finished in sole possession of eighth place in the ACC, one point shy of making the ACC Tournament. Emily Gray, who is a second team All-ACC honoree, leads the team with 29 points on 11 goals and seven assists.
This will be the second meeting in the NCAA Tournament between Ohio State and Virginia Tech. The teams met in the second round in 2015 in State College, Pa., and the Buckeyes came away with a 1-0 victory. All-time, this will be the fifth overall meeting between the two teams with the most recent coming in 2016. The Buckeyes have won three of the previous four meetings.