Oct. 9, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts Maryland at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field in Columbus.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 13 Wisconsin last Friday before playing to a 1-1 draw at Minnesota on Alexis Degler’s 33rd-minute goal Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes notched a season-high 23 shots, 10 on goal, against the Golden Gophers.
SOME MORE NOTES
– Junior Michela Paradiso sits tied for 11th in Ohio State history with 15 assists.
– Sammy Edwards’ hat trick against Dayton marked the 13th in Ohio State history and first since Nichelle Prince scored three times in a 6-1 win over Northwestern Oct. 20 of last season.
– 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.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland is 5-4-3 on the year, seventh in the Big Ten with a 3-2-2 conference record. Shade Pratt leads the Terrapins with three goals while Shannon Collins has added six assists. Goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands has posted a 0.94 goals-against average with five shutouts.
The Buckeyes won the only previous meeting between the two schools, 1-0, in Columbus in 2012.
WALKER EARNS 200TH AT OHIO STATE
Ohio State head coach Lori Walker picked up her 200th win at Ohio State in the Buckeyes’ 2-1 overtime win at Indiana Sept. 12. With her 13 wins in two seasons as head coach at Kansas, the two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has notched 214 career wins in 20 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Gruber, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered 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.
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. 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 faced Purdue Sept. 14 in West Lafayette, Ind., and will take on 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 201-138-32 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 214-161-33.
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 108-41-15 all-time.
– Ohio State is 89-24-13 since 2003 and 43-12-5 since 2009.
Ohio State travels to Michigan State Oct. 16 and Michigan Oct. 19. The match against the Spartans will be televised live on BTN at 3:30 p.m.