October 3, 2018

Ohio State Hits the Road to Face Michigan Friday, Michigan State Sunday


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team continues Big Ten play when it travels to Michigan and Michigan State this weekend. The Buckeyes take on the Wolverines at 7 p.m. Friday in Ann Arbor before a 1 p.m. Sunday matchup with the Spartans.

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Ohio State picked up a 2-0 win over Iowa last Thursday before a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Nebraska Sunday afternoon. Talani Barnett and Izzy Rodriguez scored against the Hawkeyes while Devon Kerr earned her fifth clean sheet of the year. Rodriguez then scored the equalizer in the 58th minute against the Cornhuskers while Kerr made five saves to preserve the draw.

Izzy Rodriguez earned her second-consecutive conference weekly award, garnering Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Oct. 2. The award is the third-career Big Ten weekly honor for Rodriguez. The sophomore scored twice and assisted on another as the Buckeyes went 1-0-1 against Iowa and Nebraska.

Izzy Rodriguez – Offensive Player of the Week (10/2)
Devon Kerr – Goalkeeper of the Week (9/25)
Izzy Rodriguez – Defensive Player of the Week (9/25)
Emaly Vatne – Freshman of the Week (9/4)
Kayla Fischer – Offensive Player of the Week (8/28)
Kayla Fischer – Freshman of the Week (8/28)

– Ohio State is 40-1-2 when scoring at least two goals in a game since the start of 2014, including 3-0-0 in 2018 and 11-0-0 a season ago. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 in 2015 and 10-1-1 in 2016.
– Ohio State is 6-0-0 on the year when scoring first after it went 15-1-0 when scoring first last season and 10-0-1 in 2016.
– Ohio State played its first overtime contest of 2018, topping No. 21 Northwestern 2-1 Sept. 23, and then played to a 1-1 draw against Nebraska Sept. 30. The Buckeyes were 3-1-1 in overtime contests in 2017 and are 9-2-8 in overtime matches since the start of the 2015 season.
– Devon Kerr’s nine shutouts last season tied her with Emily Haynam and Amber Barnes for second on the Buckeyes’ single-season shutout list. Kerr also sits third on the Ohio State career clean sheet list with 16.
– Kerr sits tied for 35th nationally and third in the Big Ten with five clean sheets in 2018. Kerr’s 47 saves and .825 save percentage are fourth in the conference.
– Kayla Fischer became the first Buckeye freshman to score the team’s first goal of the season since Lisa Collison did so in a 2-0 win over Xavier in 2005.
– In the win over No. 5 Florida, the Buckeyes knocked off their highest-ranked opponent since a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Penn State in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament championship game.
– The eight goals scored by the Buckeyes against Morehead State tied for the third-most in a single game in program history. Ohio State also scored eight goals in an 8-1 win over Xavier in 2004. The highest scoring outputs in Ohio State history:
14 vs. Robert Morris (10/12/95)
9 at Valparaiso (11/2/96)
8 vs. Xavier (9/2/04)
8 vs. Morehead State (8/30/18)
7 vs. Youngstown State (9/21/03)
7 vs. Illinois (9/14/17)
– Emaly Vatne’s hat trick vs. Morehead State was the 15th in Ohio State history and the first since Lindsay Agnew scored three times in a 3-0 win over Iowa Sept. 25, 2016. Vatne becomes the third freshman in program history to notch a hat trick, joining Sammy Edwards in 2014 and Nichelle Prince in 2013, and her seven points against the Eagles were the second-most in a single game in Ohio State history. Lisa Suttmiller notched eight on three goals and two assists at Valparaiso in 1996.

Michigan is 6-6-0 on the year, 2-3-0 in Big Ten play, following a 4-1 loss at Northwestern last Friday. Nicki Hernandez leads the Wolverines offensively with six goals and five assists while Izzy Nino has seem the majority of time in goal, posting a 1.87 goals-against average with a pair of shutouts.

Ohio State is 13-13-3 all-time against the Wolverines and is unbeaten in its last three contests with Michigan.

Michigan State is 5-4-3 overall, 0-3-2 in conference play, after a 1-0 loss at Illinois last Saturday. Camryn Evans leads the Spartans with seven goals while Reilley Ott has played every minute in goal, tallying a 0.94 goals-against average with six clean sheets.

Ohio State holds a 13-10-0 lead in the all-time series after winning the last two meetings with Michigan State.

Ohio State hosts Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and Maryland at 2 p.m. Oct. 14.