October 28, 2019

Ohio State Travels to No. 10 Wisconsin with Big Ten Tournament on the Line

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road to face No. 10 Wisconsin at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday at McClimon Soccer Complex. A victory against the Big Ten regular-season champions would propel the Buckeyes into the Big Ten Tournament starting this weekend at campus sites.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 double-overtime loss to Iowa Sunday afternoon in Iowa City. After Gianna Gourley gave Iowa the lead in the 65th minute, Marike Mousset knotted the contest at 1-1 in the 78th minute. However, the Hawkeyes’ Samantha Tawharu scored the game-winner with seven seconds remaining in the second overtime as the Buckeyes were playing their fourth overtime match in the last five contests.

BUCKEYE BITS
– Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten with 14.82 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 eighth 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.

SCOUTING WISCONSIN
Big Ten regular-season champion Wisconsin is 13-2-2 overall, 9-0-1 in Big Ten play, after sweeping matches at Illinois and Northwestern last weekend. Dani Rhodes leads the Badgers with 10 goals and four assists while Jordyn Bloomer has posted a 0.45 goals-against average with 10 clean sheets.

The Buckeyes hold an 11-10-7 lead in the all-time series with the Badgers after a 2-1 win last year in Columbus.

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 254-175-49 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 267-198-40.

Assistant coaches Brian Jankowski and Michael Needham are each in their third season on Walker-Hock’s staff.