COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to take on Wake Forest in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday at Spry Stadium.
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BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Buckeyes, who will be playing in their 13th NCAA Tournament and ninth in the last 10 seasons, hold a 12-11-2 record in NCAA Tournament contests, all under the direction of 22nd-year head coach Lori Walker-Hock.
Current Buckeyes have combined to play in 36 NCAA matches, making 21 starts. Of the 12 on the Ohio State roster with NCAA experience, Sarah Roberts, Kylie Knight and Arden Holden lead with six games played. Roberts has started all six while Knight has started five.
KERR HEADLINES BUCKEYE B1G HONOREES
Devon Kerr was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and led a group of seven Buckeyes to earn Big Ten individual honors, the conference office announced Oct. 26. Kerr was joined by Izzy Rodriguez as a first team All-Big Ten selection while Sarah Roberts garnered second team All-Big Ten honors. Kayla Fischer, Emaly Vatne and Talani Barnett each earned Big Ten All-Freshman team laurels while Alyssa Baumbick was the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State outshot Nebraska 16-7, including 6-3 on goal, but played to a double-overtime scoreless draw in the Big Ten quarterfinals Oct. 28 in Columbus. The Huskers then went on to the semifinals, advancing 3-2 on penalty kicks.
SOME MORE NOTES
– Ohio State is 42-1-2 when scoring at least two goals in a game since the start of 2014, including 5-0-0 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 9-0-0 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 five overtime matches in 2018, going 1-0-4. 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 and her eight this year is tied for fifth. Kerr also sits third on the Ohio State career clean sheet list with 19.
– Kerr is tied for the Big Ten lead with eight clean sheets in 2018 and ranks fourth with an .827 save percentage and a 0.77 goals-against average. The senior tied for the conference lead with five shutouts in Big Ten play.
– As a team, Ohio State tied for fourth in the Big Ten, allowing nine goals in 11 conference contests. Izzy Rodriguez tied for seventh in the Big Ten with four goals in conference play.
– 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.
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST
Wake Forest compiled an 8-8-1 record in the regular season, including 4-6-0 in ACC play. Bayley Feist (6g, 4a) and Estelle Laurier (4g, 7a) spearhead the Demon Deacon offensive attack while Nonie Frishette has tallied a 1.32 goals-against average with nine shutouts in goal.
Ohio State lost the only previous matchup with Wake Forest, a 2-1 overtime defeat against the No. 12 Demon Deacons in Columbia, Mo., in 2000.