COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team returns home to square off with Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. Friday and Ohio at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. It will be Alumni Weekend in Columbus – the Buckeyes will recognize the 2004 Big Ten champion team Friday night – with Senior Day set for Sunday evening.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State suffered a pair of close losses in the Lone Star State last week. The Buckeyes fell to No. 13 Texas A&M, 1-0, Friday night before their comeback effort fell just short in a 3-2 defeat at No. 24 TCU Sunday night.
– Kayla Fischer ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 3.60 shots per game.
– Fischer’s three assists are tied for second in the Big Ten behind Michigan State’s Danielle Stephan, who has recorded five.
– Fischer’s two-assist game against TCU was the first for Ohio State since Talani Barnett and Blair Cowan each notched two assists vs. Morehead State Aug. 30, 2018.
– Ohio State recorded 19 shots against both Texas A&M and TCU, marking the most since the Buckeyes notched 20 against Maryland Oct. 14, 2018.
– A season-high 20 different Buckeyes saw game action against No. 24 TCU Sunday night.
– Izzy Rodriguez has played a total of 1,953 consecutive minutes. The total, which is the most of any Buckeye, dates back to Ohio State’s 8-0 victory over Morehead State Aug. 30 of last season.
MOUSSET, RODRIGUEZ 2019 CAPTAINS
Senior Marike Mousset and junior Izzy Rodriguez have been named captains of the 2019 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker-Hock announced Aug. 27.
Mousset, now in her second season as a captain of the Buckeyes, and Rodriguez both are in their third season serving in a starting role for Ohio State.
RODRIGUEZ ON MAC HERMANN LIST
Junior Izzy Rodriguez was named to the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, United Soccer Coaches announced Aug. 1. Rodriguez becomes the fourth Buckeye, and the first since Paige Maxwell in 2011, to be named to the watch list for the award given to the Division I collegiate player of the year.
Over her first two seasons, Rodriguez played in 40 matches, including 39 starts, picking up first team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and third team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman team laurels in her opening season. Rodriguez was a 2018 United Soccer Coaches first team All-North Region selection and 2017 TopDrawerSoccer.com second team Freshman All-American.
SCOUTING MIAMI (OHIO)
The RedHawks are 1-4-0 on the year after a 3-0 defeat at Kentucky last Sunday. Three players have scored a goal while Izzie Vaccari has seen the majority of the time in goal, tallying a 1.34 goals-against average.
The Buckeyes have won the only previous meeting against the RedHawks, a 6-0 victory in 1997.
Ohio enters the weekend at 5-0-0 after a 7-0 win over Southern Illinois last Sunday. Four different Bobcats have scored two goals while Abby Townsend leads the team with seven points (1g, 5a). Sydney Malham has played 308:23 in goal, notching a 0.58 goals-against average.
Ohio State holds a 3-1 lead in the all-time series with the Bobcats after a 1-0 double-overtime win in the last matchup in 2011.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 23rd-year head coach Lori Walker-Hock. The three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has guided the team to 13 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15-16-178), two Big Ten regular season championship (2010, 2017) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 250-170-46 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 263-193-47.
Assistant coaches Brian Jankowski and Michael Needham are each in their third season on Walker-Hock’s staff.
Ohio State opens Big Ten play with home contests against Michigan State at 8 p.m. Thursday and Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday.