COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer returns home to square off with Maryland and Penn State this week at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes take on the Terrapins at 7 p.m. Thursday before a 2 p.m. Sunday matchup with the Nittany Lions.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
After having a match postponed because of lightning at No. 19 Wisconsin Friday night, the Buckeyes dropped a 1-0 decision at Minnesota Sunday afternoon on Athena Kuehn’s game-winner in the 12th minute.
– Ohio State ranks third in the Big Ten with 15.50 shots per game.
– Kayla Fischer and Marissa Birzon are tied for ninth in the Big Ten 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.
Maryland is 6-3-2 on the year, 2-1-0 in Big Ten play, after a 2-1 win at No. 20 Rutgers Saturday. Alyssa Poarch leads the Terrapins with six goals while Erin Seppi has spent the majority of time in goal, tallying a 1.42 goals-against average with 45 saves.
The Buckeyes hold a 4-0-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Terrapins, after a 1-1 double-overtime draw last year in Columbus.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Penn State enters the week with a 6-5-1 record, 2-2-0 in conference play, after splitting its trip at Minnesota and Wisconsin this past weekend. Ally Schlege paces Penn State with eight goals, the second-most in the Big Ten, while three Nittany Lions have split time in goal, tallying a 0.97 goals-against average with three shutouts.
Penn State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes, 23-7-1, after a 4-0 victory last year in University Park.
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 253-172-46 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 266-195-47.
Assistant coaches Brian Jankowski and Michael Needham are each in their third season on Walker-Hock’s staff.
Ohio State hits the road to face Purdue at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 and Indiana at noon Oct. 13. The match against the Boilermakers will be televised live on BTN.