COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team has reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history and the first time since 2004. In 18 seasons of women’s soccer, this marks the sixth time overall and third time in the past four seasons that the Buckeyes have reached the NCAA tournament. Ohio State is 5-5-1 all-time in NCAA play, all under the direction of head coach Lori Walker.
Here’s a look at how the Buckeyes have made it here:
Aug. 17 – The Buckeyes were picked second in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll behind 12-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State.
Aug. 27 – Ohio State wins 2-0 at Pittsburgh for first win of the 2010 campaign.
Sept. 3 – The Buckeyes won their third match in a row, a 1-0 win at Dayton on a game-winner by Cassie Dickerson in the 49th minute.
Sept. 8 – Ohio State records 40 shots, the second-most in program history, while earning their fifth victory in a row, a 2-0 win over Cleveland State as Caitlyn Martin tallied the second and third goals of her career.
Sept. 26 – The Buckeyes win their Big Ten opener over Michigan, 2-0, as Paige Maxwell scores the game-winner in the 85th minute.
Oct. 3 – The Buckeyes knock off Penn State on Maxwell’s game-winner in the 96th minute. It marked the first of four overtime victories for Ohio State so far this season.
Oct. 10 – Maxwell headed in the game-winner again, this time in the 99th minute of a of a 1-0 overtime victory at Northwestern.
Oct. 17 – Lauren Granberg scored 43 seconds into overtime to lift the No. 24 Buckeyes over No. 15 Minnesota, 2-1, to extend the Ohio State win streak to seven.
Nov. 2 – Courtney Jenkins (first team), Lauren Beachy (second team) and Granberg (third team) each earn CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Honors.
Nov. 5 – The No. 23 Buckeyes defeat Michigan State on Senior Night, 1-0, on Maxwell’s team-leading 10th goal of the season to clinch a share of the first Big Ten title in program history and earn the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Nov. 10 – Maxwell was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year while Dickerson earned Defensive Player of the Year and Walker was named Coach of the Year for the second time in her career. Tiffany Cameron also garnered first team All-Big Ten honors while Danica Wu, Megan Fuller and Rachel Middleman landed on the All-Freshman team.
Nov. 12 – Behind a goal by Danielle Scoliere in the 106th minute, the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes edge St. Francis (Pa.), 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Nov. 14 – Ohio State advanced 4-2 on penalty kicks against Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Katie Baumgardner earned her third consecutive shutout andmade the diving save on Juliana Libertin’s penalty kick to give the Buckeyes the win.
The No. 3 seed Buckeyes take on No. 2 seed Virginia at 2 p.m. Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.