August 27, 2019

Ohio State Begins Four-Game Road Trip with a Pair in Florida


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team begins a four-match road trip with contests at UCF and USF this week in Florida. The Buckeyes will take on the Knights at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Orlando before traveling to Tampa to square off with the Bulls at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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5 – Previous times Ohio State has lost its first two games of the season. The Buckeyes have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in four of those five seasons, advancing to the Elite Eight in 2004.
8 – Number of Buckeyes to see their first action in an Ohio State uniform on the opening weekend of the 2019 season.
1,663 – Consecutive minutes played by junior Izzy Rodriguez. The total, which is the most of any Buckeye, dates back to Ohio State’s 8-0 victory over Morehead State Aug. 30 of last season.

Senior Marike Mousset and junior Izzy Rodriguez have been named captains of the 2019 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker-Hock announced Aug. 27.

Mousset, now in her second season as a captain of the Buckeyes, and Rodriguez both are in their third season serving in a starting role for Ohio State.

Ohio State dropped a pair of matches on the opening weekend, including a 2-1 loss to Louisville Thursday night and a 3-1 defeat to Missouri Sunday afternoon.

The Buckeyes took the early lead in both matches – an 18th-minute Marissa Birzon goal against the Cardinals and a fourth-minute Kayla Fischer tally against the Tigers – but could not hold on to either advantage.

Junior Izzy Rodriguez was named to the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, United Soccer Coaches announced Aug. 1. Rodriguez becomes the fourth Buckeye, and the first since Paige Maxwell in 2011, to be named to the watch list for the award given to the Division I collegiate player of the year.

Over her first two seasons, Rodriguez played in 40 matches, including 39 starts, picking up first team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and third team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman team laurels in her opening season. Rodriguez was a 2018 United Soccer Coaches first team All-North Region selection and 2017 second team Freshman All-American.

The Knights dropped their opening match of the season, 1-0, to No. 16 Wisconsin last Thursday in Orlando. UCF held a 9-8 lead in shots, including 6-4 on frame, but allowed a 64th-minute goal to the Badgers’ Dani Rhodes.

Wednesday’s contest will mark the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Knights.

USF, receiving votes in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll, split their opening weekend, earning a 2-1 win over Auburn Thursday before dropping a 2-0 decision to Florida Sunday. Evelyne Viens and Sydny Nasello each have a goal for the Bulls.

Ohio State won the only previous meeting between the two schools, 6-2, in Columbus in 2017.

Ohio State is under the direction of 23rd-year head coach Lori Walker-Hock. The three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has guided the team to 13 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15-16-178), two Big Ten regular season championship (2010, 2017) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 250-168-41 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 263-191-45.

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

Ohio State continues its road swing at Texas A&M Sept. 6 and TCU Sept. 8.