COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s soccer team, 2-0, so far in its slate of spring 2009 exhibition matches, is preparing for a busy Easter weekend. The team will host a Canadian Olympic Development team at 8 p.m. Friday in what is being billed as the team’s “spring game” at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Gates to the stadium open at 6:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

Then on Saturday, the Buckeyes will entertain Central Michigan at 1 p.m. and Wright State at 5 p.m. Both games are scheduled to be played on the upper practice fields, just west of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Wright State and Central Michigan will play in a 3 p.m. match as well. All the games Saturday will be played in two 30-minute halves. 

Head coach Lori Walker likes the opportunity for her team to play plenty of soccer this weekend.

“The two games Saturday were set up previously,” Walker, in her 13th season as coach of the Buckeyes, said Wednesday after a team practice on the outdoor turf field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “So when the opportunity came up to play the game against the team from Canada, we didn’t want to let that opportunity slip away.

“So our objective this weekend will be to play as many of our 23 healthy players as possible.”

Team 2-0 This Spring
Ohio State is coming off a 3-0 win Sunday over Ohio University as six players contributed points. Junior (this fall) Lauren Steuer scored in the 24th minute with an assist to senior Ashley Bowyer. Sophomore Brooke Taylor added a goal in the 38th minute off an assist from first-year make that first month freshman Kayla Eckman, who graduated early from Freeport Area High School in Freeport, Pa., and enrolled at Ohio State for the start of the 2009 spring quarter. And junior Ali Schwach tallied in the 63rd minute off an assist from junior Alex Burzynski.

Earlier in the spring season, Ohio State defeated Kent State, 2-0, off Steuer and sophomore Paige Maxwell goals.

Some Spring Notes:

  • Anyone watching the final 45 minutes of practice Wednesday would have seen three game-altering plays/stops by senior goalkeeper Lauren “Taz” Robertson, who looks to be “in the zone” already.
  • The two goals that were scored in the final 45 minutes came on a Kayla Eckman header off an on-target assist from the far right side by Genna Brand. And Cassie Dickerson – yes, Cassie Dickerson…see below – scored from about 25 yards out.
  • Lauren Steuer appears to be enjoying her move from defender to the midfield. She leads the team with two goals and four points this spring.
  • Ashley Bowyer, the leader among Buckeyes with 11 career assists and 23 career points, has an assist in each of the first two exhibition games.
  • Indeed, that was Cassie Dickerson scoring a goal on the practice field…running around, receiving balls, making passes and smiling a lot, too. She’s wearing a yellow “no contact” vest, similar to what quarterbacks wear on that other kind of football field. Regardless, it was nice to see the junior on the field after missing the majority of the 2008 season with a knee injury and subsequent surgery…the third of her career.
  • Other position switches: Caitlyn Martin, who missed the second half of the 2008 season with a stress injury but is back on the fields practicing, is playing more at forward than at midfield; and Genna Brand has been seeing time as a defender.