Aug. 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to Dayton for a 7:30 p.m. ET match Thursday before taking on Texas at 2 p.m. ET Sunday in Austin.

Fans can follow live stats and video at or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC. In addition, Sunday’s match against the Longhorns will be televised live on Longhorn Network.

The Buckeyes defeated Illinois State, 6-2, in their 2015 opener Friday before topping No. 8 Florida, 1-0, in overtime Sunday afternoon.

Nikki Walts scored a pair of goals against the Redbirds, while Sammy Edwards, Michela Paradiso, Katelyn Kraft and Morgan Wolcott also found the back of the net Friday. After playing 90 minutes scoreless Sunday, Nichelle Prince scored the game-winner in the 95th minute against the Gators.

Ohio State climbed to No. 18 in the NSCAA poll released Tuesday. The Buckeyes, who are one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 25, also garnered a No. 2 spot in the Great Lakes region rankings behind Penn State.

Michela Paradiso sits tied for sixth in Ohio State history with 16 assists.
Nichelle Prince ranks 14th on the Ohio State career goals list with 17.
– Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013.
– After missing all of 2014 with an injury goalkeeper Jillian McVicker earned the win in both matches the first weekend, allowing one goal in 140 minutes of play.
– Friday marked the first six-goal game for the Buckeyes wins a 6-1 win over Northwestern Oct. 20, 2013.
– The victory over No. 8 Florida was the Buckeyes’ first win over a Top 15 team since a 1-0 overtime win against No. 13 Missouri Sept. 6, 2012. The last time Ohio State defeated a team ranked as high as No. 8 was a 3-2 win at No. 8 Virginia in the NCAA Sweet 16 Nov. 20, 2010.

Dayton is 0-2-0 on the year after suffering a 2-1 overtime defeat at Florida International in its opener Friday before dropping a 2-0 decision at Florida Gulf Coast Sunday. Libby Leedom scored the Flyers’ goal Friday against the Panthers.

Ohio State is 8-2-1 all-time against Dayton after winning 4-2 last season in Columbus.

Texas is 1-0 after the first weekend, defeating Miami, 1-0, Sunday after having a match vs. Clemson cancelled because of weather Friday. Goalkeeper Abby Smith scored the lone goal in the 61st minute and made three saves to tally the clean sheet against the Hurricanes.

Sunday will be the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Longhorns.

Nichelle Prince was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The award is the fourth Big Ten honor of Prince’s career after garnering conference Freshman of the Week laurels three times as a freshman.

The forward from Ajax, Ontario, assisted on a pair of goals in a 6-2 win in the Buckeyes’ season-opener against Illinois State Friday night and came back to score the game-winner in the 95th minute of Ohio State’s 1-0 overtime win over No. 8 Florida Sunday afternoon. The victory over the Gators was the Buckeyes’ first win over a Top 15 team since a 1-0 overtime win against No. 13 Missouri Sept. 6, 2012. Prince, who now has seven career game-winners, moved into 14th place on the Ohio State career goals list with 17.

Senior Michela Paradiso and redshirt junior Morgan Wolcott have been named team captains, head coach Lori Walker announced Aug. 14. In addition, Walker also announced junior Lindsay Agnew will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 17 against Minnesota. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.

Ohio State is under the direction of 19th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to nine NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 204-141-34 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 217-164-35.

Associate head coach Chris McLain is in his first season while Nick Flohre enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes.

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 111-43-16 all-time.
– Ohio State is 92-26-14 since 2003 and 46-14-6 since 2009.

Ohio State hosts Florida International at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3.