October 24, 2017

No. 13 Ohio State Looks to Claim Outright Big Ten Title Against Indiana Wednesday Night


Oct. 24, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to claim its first outright Big Ten championship when it hosts Indiana in its regular-season finale at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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The Buckeyes have locked up at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, currently leading the Big Ten with 24 points, three points ahead of second-place Penn State. An Ohio State win or draw against Indiana or a Penn State loss or draw at Wisconsin will secure the first outright Big Ten Championship in program history.

No. 18 Ohio State clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 2-1 win at Minnesota Friday night. Nikki Walts and Sammy Edwards each scored first-half goals and the Buckeye defense allowed only a penalty-kick goal in the 57th minute to secure the second regular-season championship in program history.

The Buckeyes are ranked 13th in the United Soccer Coaches poll and TopDrawerSoccer.com and 21st by Soccer America. Ohio State also has moved up to 15th in the latest RPI rankings and is ranked first in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest region.

Three Buckeyes have picked up a total of four Big Ten Conference weekly honors so far in 2017.

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 35-1-2 when scoring at least two goals in a game since the start of 2014, including 9-0-0 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 13-0-0 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 goal the Buckeyes allowed in the 83rd minute snapped at Rutgers Ohio State’s shutout streak at 687:20, marking the longest shutout streak in program history. The streak bested the previous high of 522 minutes in 1998 and 460:59 in 2012.
– The Buckeyes are third in the Big Ten with 32 goals scored and second with 33 assists.
Sammy Edwards is tied for fifth in the conference with eight goals and tied for fifth with 21 points while Nikki Walts is tied for third with seven assists. Arden Holden is tied for fifth with six assists. Goalkeeper Devon Kerr ranks second in the conference with a 0.49 goals-against average and nine shutouts.
– Ohio State sits 11th in the country with a 0.45 goals-against average and 19th with a 0.86 save percentage. The Buckeyes also are tied for 27th with 33 assists.
Nikki Walts is tied for 38th nationally with seven assists while Devon Kerr is tied for 13th with nine clean sheets and 14th with a 0.49 goals-against average.
Sammy Edwards ranks 10th on the Ohio State career goals list with 25 and 10th on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 59. Nikki Walts sits in a tie for fourth on the Ohio State career assists list with 20, tying Nichelle Prince and has tied her previous season-high seven assists set in 2015. Devon Kerr’s nine shutouts tie her with Emily Haynam and Amber Barnes for second on the Buckeyes’ single-season shutout list. Kerr also sits tied with Katie Baumgardner for fifth on the Ohio State career clean sheet list with 11.
– 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 and then again at No. 24 Rutgers, 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 18-3 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.

Indiana enters the match 6-8-4 overall, 2-5-3 in Big Ten play. Maya Piper leads the Hoosiers with seven goals and 16 points while Bethany Kopel has posted a 1.21 goals-against average with 88 saves and five clean sheets.

The Buckeyes hold a 13-12-2 lead in the all-time series with the Hoosiers.

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 239-158-41 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 252-181-42.

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 will host a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup against a team to be determined Sunday.