October 19, 2021

Buckeyes Open Road Trip at Wisconsin Wednesday


Ohio State at Wisconsin
October 20, 2021
6 p.m. ET
Madison, Wisc. – McClimon Track/Soccer Complex
Watch: ESPNU
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Wisconsin
Rosters: Ohio State | Wisconsin
Season Stats: Ohio State | Wisconsin

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The final week of the regular season is here and there is still a lot to be determined concerning the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State and Wisconsin are both right in the thick of a logjam in the middle of the standings and the two teams will meet Wednesday night in Madison. First touch is set for 6 p.m. ET and the match will be televised on ESPNU.

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Badgers 12-11-7. Ohio State’s last win in Madison came in the opening round of the 2015 Big Ten Tournament.
  • Last season, the teams met indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Ohio State’s campus on Feb. 25, and the Buckeyes came away with a 3-1 victory. Emma Sears recorded the first hat trick of her career as she scored all three Buckeye goals in the match. Brittany Duncan, Peyton McNamara and Marissa Birzon collected the assists.
  • Ohio State comes into the match in a tie for 10th in the Big Ten standings with 10 points on a record of 3-4-1. The Buckeyes are tied with Northwestern (Sunday’s opponent) and are just two points out of fifth place.
  • The Buckeyes are coming off a thrilling 2-1 victory over rival Michigan on Sunday in its final regular season home match. OSU fell behind 1-0 but rallied for a goal in the 66th minute and then Kailyn Dudukovich converted a penalty kick in the 85th minute for the game-winner. Those were a crucial three points for the Buckeyes.
  • Wisconsin enters the match just one point ahead of the Buckeyes at 3-3-2 in conference play. The Badgers have just one win in their last six matches and are coming off a 1-0 setback at Nebraska on Sunday.
  • Freshman forward Kailyn Dudukovich assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the game-winner against Michigan last Sunday. That gave her a team-high seven goals and ties her with Kayla Fischer for the team-lead with 16 points.
  • Dudukovich has registered points in five of the last eight matches and her seven goals are the most by a Big Ten freshman this season.
  • Senior Kayla Fischer has 16 points on the year with five goals and a team-high tying six assists. She is third in the conference in shots per game and her 229 career shot attempts are sixth-most in program history.
  • Kine Flotre is tied with Fischer with six assists on the year. She has missed the last four matches with a foot injury.
  • Captain Izzy Rodriguez was named to the MAC Hermann Award Watch list at the start of the season and was also named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. She has a pair of goals and an assist on the year.

News and Nuggets

  • The Buckeyes climbed 10 spots to No. 38 this week in the latest NCAA RPI.
  • The 1-0 win at Penn State on Sept. 26 was the first win in State College for the Buckeyes since 2008.
  • The four goals scored against No. 18 UCF was the most against a ranked opponent since the Buckeyes beat No. 23 Indiana 6-0 on Nov. 1, 2009.
  • In goal, Bailey Kolinski has started the last 27 games. She has seven career shutouts, including a 1-0 shutout at No. 12 Penn State (9/26) this season.
  • Izzy Rodriguez is the reigning Big Ten Defender of the Year and a third team United Soccer Coaches All-American. She is also on the MAC Hermann Award Watch List and a Senior CLASS Award candidate. Rodriguez has two goals this season off set pieces, scoring an Olympico vs. UCF (9/2) and scoring off a free kick in the 1-0 win at Penn State (9/26).
  • Kayla Fischer is tied for the team-lead with 16 points. She is third in the conference in shots per game. She has taken 229 career shots which sixth-most in program history.
  • Fischer had 11 points in a four-match stretch from Aug. 29 – Sept. 5. That is the most points by a Buckeye in a four-match stretch since Tiffany Cameron notched 18 points in a four-match stretch in late October of 2012.
  • Emma Sears has five goals on the year. Three of those goals have been game-winners which is fourth in the Big Ten.
  • Midfielder Kine Flotre has a team-high tying six assists but has missed the last four contests with a foot injury.
  • Freshman Kailyn Dudukovich has registered points in five of the last eight matches and leads the team with seven goals. The seven goals are the most by a Big Ten freshman this season.
  • Dudukovich was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 28 for her two-goal effort vs. Minnesota.
  • Junior Kitty Jones Black has five assists this season, the first five of her career. She notched a pair of helpers in the 4-2 win over No. 18 UCF.
  • Sophomore Chloe Delyser has scored her first two career goals this season. Her second was the game-tying goal vs. Michigan on Oct. 17.
  • Midfielder Brittany Duncan scored her first collegiate goal late in the win over Dayton (Sept. 9)
  • Graduate Emaly Vatne scored a goal against TCU, her first goal since her freshman year in 2018.
  • Midfielder Christin Baumbick tallied her first collegiate goal at Maryland on Sept. 19