September 4, 2019

Ohio State Concludes Road Swing with Two in the Lone Star State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to Texas to take on No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 24 TCU this weekend. The Buckeyes will square off with the Aggies at 9 p.m. ET Friday in College Station before facing the Horned Frogs at 8 p.m. ET Sunday in Fort Worth.

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BUCKEYE BITS
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.
1,773 – 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.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State tied UCF, 1-1, in double overtime last Wednesday before having their Sunday contest at USF cancelled because concerns over the impact of Hurricane Dorian. In the Buckeyes’ draw at UCF, Marissa Birzon scored the equalizer in the 27th minute while goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz made four stops. Ohio State outshot the Knights 16-12, including 7-5 on frame, in the tie.

MOUSSET, RODRIGUEZ 2019 CAPTAINS
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.

RODRIGUEZ ON MAC HERMANN LIST
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 TopDrawerSoccer.com second team Freshman All-American.

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
The Aggies, ranked 13 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Poll, are 3-0-1 on the year, including a win at No. 13 Santa Clara in their opener. Texas A&M, outscoring its opponents 11-2, is led offensively by Jimena Lopez (3g, 3a) and Addie McCain (3g, 1a) while Shantel Hutton has a 0.47 goals-against average with two shutouts.

Texas A&M won the only previous meeting between the two programs, a 2-1 contest in 1999.

SCOUTING TCU
No. 24 TCU is 3-1-0 on the year, earning three-consecutive wins after a 2-0 season-opening loss at No. 1 Florida State. Gracie Brian leads the Horned Frogs with four goals while Tara Smith has five assists. Emily Alvarado has seen the majority of the time in goal, posting a 0.67 goals-against average.

The match Sunday will be the first between the Buckeyes and Horned Frogs.

THE COACHING STAFF
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 250-168-46 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 263-191-47.

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

UP NEXT
Ohio State returns home for Alumni Weekend, hosting Miami, Ohio at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and Ohio at 6 p.m. Sept. 15.