COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to Iowa for a 2 p.m. ET Sunday contest against the Hawkeyes at Iowa Soccer Complex. The Buckeyes, sitting 10th in the conference standings with nine points, are two points back of Indiana, Northwestern and Nebraska with two matches left to play as the top eight teams advance to the Big Ten Tournament.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State earned a pair of draws last weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes tied Northwestern, 1-1, Thursday night before a scoreless draw against Illinois Sunday afternoon. Maddy Lowe scored her first-career goal to get the Buckeyes on the board in the 31st minute against the Wildcats while Bailey Kolinski and Jordan Silkowitz combined for a clean sheet against the Illini, the Buckeyes’ fifth of the season.
– Ohio State ranks third in the Big Ten with 14.69 shots per game.
– Kayla Fischer and Marissa Birzon are tied for the team lead with four goals.
– Fischer’s two game-winners are tied for eighth in the conference.
– Ohio State allowed just one shot on frame against the Spartans Sept. 19, tying a season low set against Miami (Ohio) Sept. 13.
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.
Iowa, receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, is 14-3-1 on the year and 6-3-1 in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes, who lead the Big Ten with 2.39 goals per game, are paced offensively by Devin Burns and Natalie Winters, who lead the Hawkeyes with six goals apiece. Claire Graves has started all 18 matches in goal for the Hawkeyes, who have posted a 0.83 goals-against average.
The Buckeyes hold a 16-6-1 lead in the all-time series with Iowa after winning the last five matches.
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 254-174-49 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 267-197-40.
Assistant coaches Brian Jankowski and Michael Needham are each in their third season on Walker-Hock’s staff.
Ohio State travels to league-leading Wisconsin to close the regular season with a 2 p.m. contest Oct. 30. The contest is a rematch of the Sept. 27 match postponed because of inclement weather in Madison.