October 16, 2018

Ohio State Opens Final Week of Regular Season with Thursday Night Matchup at Purdue


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team begins the final week of the regular season when it travels to Purdue for a 6 p.m. Thursday contest in West Lafayette, Ind.

Fans can follow live stats and streaming video on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow on Twitter @OhioStateWSOC. The match will be televised live on BTN.

Ohio State earned a pair of draws last weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes played to a scoreless draw with No. 21 Rutgers Friday night before Izzy Rodriguez scored the equalizer in the 49th minute of a 1-1 tie against Maryland Sunday afternoon.

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 7-0-0 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 has played in four overtime matches in 2018, going 1-0-3. The Buckeyes were 3-1-1 in overtime contests in 2017 and are 9-2-10 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 18.
– Kerr sits tied for 24th nationally and tied for second in the Big Ten with seven clean sheets in 2018. The senior leads the conference with five shutouts in Big Ten play.
– As a team, Ohio State is tied for third in the Big Ten, allowing just seven goals in nine conference contests. Izzy Rodriguez is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with four goals in conference play. The Buckeyes are tied for 28th nationally with a .533 shutout percentage.
– 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.

Purdue is 6-6-4 on the year, 1-5-3 in conference play after a 3-1 loss at Illinois and a scoreless draw at No. 25 Northwestern last weekend. Kylie Hase leads the Boilermakers with seven goals while Katie Luce has seen the majority of time in goal, tallying a 0.94 goals-against average with four shutouts.

Ohio State holds a 13-11-1 lead in the all-time series with the Boilermakers after winning the last two meetings.

Ohio State closes out the regular season against No. 19 Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Sunday. The match will be televised live on BTN.