October 9, 2017

No. 12 Ohio State Travels to Maryland Thursday, No. 24 Rutgers Sunday


Oct. 9, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12 Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to Maryland and No. 24 Rutgers for a pair of Big Ten matches this week. The Buckeyes will take on the Terrapins at 7 p.m. Thursday before a 1 p.m. Sunday contest against the Scarlet Knights.

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No. 15 Ohio State earned a pair of 1-0 wins over Michigan State and Michigan last weekend at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Nikki Walts scored the game-winner in the 101st minute against the Spartans Friday night before Sammy Edwards found the back of the net for the game-winner in the 81st minute Sunday. Goalkeeper Devon Kerr earned her seventh and eighth shutouts of the season as the Buckeyes allowed just one shot on frame in each match.

The Buckeyes are ranked 12th in the United Soccer Coaches poll and 15th by TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America. Ohio State also has moved up to 16th in the latest RPI rankings and is ranked first in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest region.

Izzy Rodriguez became the fourth Buckeye to earn a Big Ten Weekly honor when she was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week Tuesday. Rodriguez started both of the Buckeyes’ 1-0 wins over the weekend. The freshman played 86 minutes and assisted on Nikki Walts’ game-winner in the 101st minute against Michigan State Friday night before coming back and playing 69 minutes in her left back position against the Wolverines. Rodriguez was a key member of an Ohio State back line that not only shut out Michigan State and Michigan, but allowed just one shot on frame in each game. She currently ranks fourth on the team with four assists from her left back spot.

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)

– Ohio State is 33-1-2 when scoring at least two goals in a game since the start of 2014, including 7-0-0 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 11-0-0 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 Buckeyes are second in the Big Ten with 28 goals and 30 assists.
– Sammy Edwards is tied for sixth in the conference with seven goals and tied for fourth with 19 points while Nikki Walts is tied for third with six assists. Edwards and Arden Holden are tied for sixth with five assists. Goalkeeper Devon Kerr ranks second in the conference with a 0.45 goals-against average and eight shutouts.
– Ohio State sits tied for tied for 39th nationally with 28 goals and tied for 21st with 30 assists. The Buckeyes are 10th in the country with a 0.41 goals-against average and 11th with a 0.88 save percentage.
– Nikki Walts is tied for 37th nationally with six assists while Devon Kerr is tied for seventh with eight clean sheets and 11th with a 0.45 goals-against average.
– Sammy Edwards is tied for 10th on the Buckeyes’ career goals list with Jodie Stranges, finding the back of the net 24 times. Edwards also has tallied 57 career points, moving her into sole possession of 12th on the Ohio State career list. Nikki Walts is tied for fifth on the career assists list with 19. Devon Kerr’s eight shutouts tie her with Amber Barnes for fourth on the Buckeyes’ single-season shutout list.
– 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, 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 17-1 after halftime this season.

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.

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.

Maryland enters the match with a 7-5-2 record, 1-5-1 in Big Ten play, after losses at Nebraska and Iowa last weekend. Mikayla Dayes leads the Terrapins with eight points (3g, 2a) while Rachel Egyed has posted a 1.49 goals-against average with four shutouts in goal.

The Buckeyes hold a 3-0-1 win in the all-time series with Maryland after a 4-0 win in College Park last season.

Entering the week, No. 24 Rutgers has posted a 9-2-3 overall record, 3-2-2 in conference play, after a loss at Iowa and a draw with Nebraska last weekend. Colby Ciarrocca leads the Scarlet Knights with six goals while Casey Murphy leads the Big Ten with a 0.34 goals-against average and 10 clean sheets.

The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with Rutgers, 0-5-1, after a scoreless draw in Columbus last season.

The Buckeyes’ schedule includes one more regular-season match at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.

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), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 237-157-41 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 250-180-42.

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

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 130-51-19 all-time.
– Ohio State is 111-34-17 since 2003 and 65-22-9 since 2009.

Ohio State travels to Minnesota for a 7 p.m. ET matchup Oct. 20.