October 17, 2017

No. 18 Ohio State Concludes Road Slate at Minnesota in Midst of Big Ten Race


Oct. 17, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to Minnesota to conclude its Big Ten road slate at 7 p.m. ET Friday in Minneapolis.

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The Buckeyes currently lead the Big Ten with 21 points, one point ahead of second-place Penn State and two away from third-place Minnesota. All three teams will compete at 7 p.m. ET Friday, with Ohio State at Minnesota and Penn State hosting Purdue.

Ohio State can clinch the regular-season title outright with a win at Minnesota and a Penn State loss or can clinch a share with a win at Minnesota and a Penn State draw against Purdue.

No. 12 Ohio State won at Maryland, 2-0, Thursday night before a 1-0 defeat at No. 24 Rutgers Saturday. Eleanor Gabriel scored both Buckeye goals against the Terrapins while Devon Kerr tallied her sixth-consecutive clean sheet before Rutgers’ Brittany LaPlant gave the Scarlet Knights the 1-0 win on a goal in the 83rd minute Sunday.

The Buckeyes are ranked 19th in the United Soccer Coaches poll and 18th by TopDrawerSoccer.com and 23rd by Soccer America. Ohio State also has moved up to 17th in the latest RPI rankings and is ranked fourth 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 34-1-2 when scoring at least two goals in a game since the start of 2014, including 8-0-0 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 12-0-0 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 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 30 goals scored and tied for second with 32 assists.
– Sammy Edwards is tied for sixth in the conference with seven goals and tied for seventh with 19 points while Nikki Walts is tied for third with seven assists. Edwards and Arden Holden are tied for 10th with five assists. Goalkeeper Devon Kerr ranks second in the conference with a 0.45 goals-against average and nine shutouts.
– Ohio State sits 11th in the country with a 0.42 goals-against average and 17th with a 0.87 save percentage. The Buckeyes also are tied for 21st with 32 assists.
– Nikki Walts is tied for 21st nationally with seven assists while Devon Kerr is tied for sixth with nine clean sheets and 16th 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 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 11th 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 18-2 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.

Minnesota enters the match with a 10-3-3 record, third in the conference with a 6-2-1 Big Ten record. The Golden Gophers are the highest-scoring team in the Big Ten at 2.44 goals per contest, led by Sydney Squires and her Big Ten-best 14 goals. In goal, Kailee Sharp has tallied a 0.75 goals-against average with five shutouts.

The Buckeyes have split 26 meetings with the Golden Gophers, tallying an 11-11-4 record all-time.

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 238-158-41 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 251-181-42.

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 concludes the regular season against Indiana at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.