COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road to face off with Purdue and Indiana this week. The Buckeyes take on Purdue at 8 p.m. ET Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind., before a noon Sunday matchup against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The match against the Boilermakers will be televised live on BTN.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State earned a 1-0 win over Maryland last Thursday before dropping a 3-2 decision to Penn State Sunday afternoon. Olivia Petit scored the game-winner in the 30th minute against the Terrapins while Bailey Kolinski and Jordan Silkowitz each played 45 scoreless minutes for the shutout. Izzy Rodriguez and Kitty Jones-Black each scored their first goal of the season Sunday afternoon against the Nittany Lions but the Buckeyes were unable to overcome a 3-0 second-half deficit.
– Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten with 15.50 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 seventh 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.
Purdue is 6-5-2 overall, 2-3-1 in conference play, after a 1-0 loss to Wisconsin Sunday afternoon. Leanna Rebimbas leads the Boilermakers with eight points (3g, 2a) while Marisa Bova has posted a 0.74 goals-against average with seven clean sheets in goal.
The Buckeyes hold a 14-11-1 lead in the all-time series after a 2-1 win in West Lafayette a season ago.
Indiana enters the week with a 6-5-1 record, 2-2-1 in the Big Ten, after 1-0 wins at Illinois and against Minnesota last weekend. Avery Lockwood and Chandra Davidson have scored a team-high four goals while Bethany Kopel has tallied a 0.90 goals-against average with six shutouts.
Ohio State leads the all-time series, 14-12-2, after a 2-1 in Columbus in 2017.
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 254-173-46 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 267-196-47.
Assistant coaches Brian Jankowski and Michael Needham are each in their third season on Walker-Hock’s staff.
Ohio State closes its home schedule against Northwestern at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and Illinois at 2 p.m. Oct. 20.