Aug. 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team starts its home schedule with a contest against No. 4 Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State split a pair of matches to open the season at the UNC Nike Classic last weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Buckeyes topped No. 18 Duke 1-0 behind a 67th-minute game-winner from Alexis Degler Friday night before dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 4 North Carolina Sunday afternoon. Goalkeeper Megan Geldernick surrendered just one goal while making 16 saves in 180 minutes over the two games.
SOME MORE NOTES
– Junior Michela Paradiso sits tied for 13th in Ohio State history with 14
– Sophomore Nichelle Prince already sits 15th on the Ohio State career goals list after tallying 13 as a freshman last season.
– Prince has notched two of the 12 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern last year.
– The Buckeyes have won four of their last five home-openers including a 3-2 win over Morehead State last season.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES
Virginia Tech, coming off an appearance in the NCAA semifinals a year ago, enter the week with a 2-0 record on the season after wins against VCU and at Davidson. Shannon Mayrose and Bria Dixon each have two goals and an assist while goalkeeper Caroline Kelly has posted two clean sheets while the Hokies have outscored their opponents 10-0 in the two games.
The Buckeyes are 1-0 all-time against the Hokies, picking up a 4-1 win in Columbus in 2004.
HONORS POUR IN FOR GELDERNICK
Redshirt freshman Megan Geldernick was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the first Big Ten award for a Buckeye since Nichelle Prince was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Oct. 21 of last season.
In addition, Geldernick was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week and the CollegeSoccer360.com Honor Roll for her efforts.
Geldernick, from Aurora, Ill., tallied eight saves in a 1-0 shutout of No. 18 Duke Friday night before making another eight stops in a 1-0 defeat at No. 4 North Carolina Sunday. The 16 total stops were the second-most in the Big Ten through the first weekend of play and the eight saves made in each game marked the most for a Buckeye since Katie Baumgardner made eight saves in an NCAA third round match at Duke Nov. 20, 2011.
WALKER CLOSING IN ON 200 AT OHIO STATE
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker picked up her 197th win at Ohio State, 210th overall, Aug. 22 against Duke. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year can earn her 200th win at Ohio State as early as Sept. 5 against Dayton.
Gruber, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, enters the 2014 season after playing in 63 career matches, starting 45. Also a team captain in 2013, Gruber tallied three goals and tied for the team lead with seven assists last season as a junior. Gruber, who has notched four goals and 12 assists in her career, is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State sits just outside the Top 25 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s poll this week, garnering the most votes of any team outside the Top 25. In addition, the Buckeyes are ranked fifth in the Great Lakes region.
NINE AT HOME…AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 26 against Illinois. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.
BUCKEYES ON BTN
Ohio State will be on BTN at least twice in 2014. The Buckeyes take on Purdue at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in West Lafayette, Ind., and Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in East Lansing on BTN. In addition, the semifinals and championship of the Big Ten tournament also will be televised on the network.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 18th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to nine NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 197-132-31 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 210-155-32.
JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the home to the Buckeyes, has provided quite the home-field advantage for the women’s soccer team. Some stats about the facility:
– The home team is 105-39-15 all-time.
– Ohio State is 86-22-13 since 2003 and 40-10-5 since 2009.
Ohio State travels to Toledo for a 5 p.m. match Sept. 2.