November 16, 2016

No. 24 Ohio State Travels to Morgantown to Square Off with Top-Seeded West Virginia in NCAA Second Round


Nov. 16, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to take on No. 1 West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 6 p.m. Friday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

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Ohio State edged Dayton, 3-2, in a back-and-forth NCAA First Round match Saturday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Sammy Edwards opened the scoring in the 14th minute before the Flyers answered with a goal 21 seconds before halftime. After Libby Leedom gave Dayton the lead in the 56th minute, Nikki Walts responded with the equalizer 30 seconds later. The junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., then scored the game-winner on a free kick from 20 yards in the 86th minute as the Buckeyes advanced.

Head coach Lori Walker is in her 20th season at Ohio State in 2016. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001 and 2010) has led the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 226-154-40 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 239-177-41.

Ohio State is 12-9-2 overall, now competing in its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance, all under the direction of head coach Lori Walker. The Buckeyes are playing in their seventh NCAA Tournament in the last eight seasons.

Sammy Edwards and Nikki Walts each have two career goals in NCAA play while Nichelle Prince and Morgan Wolcott have added one apiece. Walts has a pair of assists while Lindsay Agnew and Prince have each assisted on a goal.

Four women’s soccer Buckeyes received All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Oct. 28. Senior forwards Lindsay Agnew and Nichelle Prince, redshirt junior defender Morgan Wolcott and junior midfielder Nikki Walts each garnered second team All-Big Ten laurels, as voted on by the conference coaches. In addition, Agnew was named the Buckeyes’ Big Ten sportsmanship honoree.

Ohio State is ranked 24th in the latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index) rankings, released by the NCAA Nov. 7. The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten teams in the Top 25 along with No. 19 Minnesota, No. 20 Nebraska, and No. 22 Rutgers.

– As a team, the Buckeyes rank third in the Big Ten with 1.75 goals per game and are fourth with 1.45 assists per contest.
Lindsay Agnew is fifth in the Big Ten with 10 goals, tied for first with 28 points and tied for fourth with eight assists.
– Prince has notched two of the 13 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013. Sammy Edwards is the third Buckeye on the roster with a hat trick, scoring three times in a 4-2 win against Dayton in 2014.
– Ohio State suffered just its first loss when scoring at least two goals in a game dating back to late 2013 in a 3-2 loss to Indiana Oct. 13. The defeat was the first for the Buckeyes when scoring at least two goals in a game since a 4-2 loss at No. 17 Penn State Oct. 17, 2013. Ohio State is 26-1-2 when scoring twice since that match, including 10-1-1 this season. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 last season.
– Ohio State is 10-0-1 when scoring first this season.
– The Buckeyes moved to 2-0-3 on the year in overtime matches with the scoreless draw vs. No. 19 Rutgers Oct. 16. Nichelle Prince (vs. Texas) and Haley Walker-Robinson (at Florida Gulf Coast) have previously scored overtime game-winners for the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State is now 5-0-6 in overtime matches over the last two seasons and is undefeated in its last 14 overtime matches.

Nichelle Prince has moved into a tie for eighth on the Ohio State career goals list with 27. The senior also has moved into fourth place on the Buckeyes’ career assists list with 20 and sixth with 74 career points.

Lindsay Agnew is fourth with 19 career assists, tied for 13th with 55 career points and 15th with 17 career goals.

Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Oct. 11. The forward scored twice in the Buckeyes’ 4-0 win at Maryland Oct. 6 before coming back to score the first goal and assist on another in a 4-1 victory at Purdue Oct. 9.

Top-ranked and top-seeded West Virginia is 20-1-1 on the year and enters the match on a 13-game winning streak after a 3-0 victory over Northern Kentucky in the NCAA First Round Saturday. Michaela Abam leads the Mountaineers, who have outscored their opponents 47-8 on the season, with 10 goals to go along with seven assists in 2016. Ashley Lawrence has added a team-high 10 assists while goalkeepers Rylee Foster and Michelle Newhouse have split time, tallying a 0.36 goals-against average with 15 clean sheets.

The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with the Mountaineers, 5-4-1, after a 2-1 loss in Morgantown Sept. 4.

Nichelle Prince earned a bronze medal with Canada’s 2-1 win over Brazil Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo.

Prince was named to the Canadian Olympic team this past summer, becoming the first women’s soccer Buckeye to compete in the Olympics when she came off the bench in Canada’s 3-1 win over Zimbabwe Aug. 6 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The senior played 21 minutes in a 2-1 win over Germany Aug. 9 and again came off the bench in the 85th minute of a 2-0 loss to the Germans in the semifinals Aug. 16. Canada then topped host Brazil, 2-1, Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo to earn the bronze medal.

Marike Mousset has been named to Canada’s U-20 Women’s World Cup roster, Canada Soccer announced Oct. 27.

Mousset, who participated in Canada’s initial development camp from Sept. 5-16, appeared in 10 matches off the bench for the Buckeyes this season, including a season-high 48 minutes in a 4-1 win at Purdue Oct. 9.

The Canadian U-20 team opened the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea against Spain Nov. 13.

Seniors Lindsay Agnew and Morgan Wolcott have been named captains of the 2016 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker announced Aug. 22. In addition, Walker announced junior Nikki Walts will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.

Ohio State is under the direction of 20th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 226-154-40 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 239-177-41.

Associate head coach Chris McLain is in his second season while Daniel Clitnovici enters his first 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 122-49-19 all-time.
– Ohio State is 103-32-17 since 2003 and 57-20-9 since 2009.