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Women’s Soccer: Ohio State enters Big Ten play in key matchup with Penn State

Ohio State women’s soccer head coach Lori Walker-Hock paces the sidelines in the second of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

The Ohio State women’s soccer team, coming off a recent 1-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, heads to Pennsylvania to take on Penn State this Friday at 6 p.m.  

With a loss to the Eagles at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes ended a three-match win streak, dropping their overall record to 3-3-0 so far this season.

Ohio State will look to get back on track as they enter Big Ten play on Friday.

After wins over West Virginia and Duquesne to start the season, Penn State has lost three of its last five games. The Nittany Lions struggled in their previous game against Virginia, suffering a 1-2 loss at home, bringing their overall record to 4-3-0 on the year.

Last season, the Buckeyes fell to the Nittany Lions 1-0 in double overtime loss in University Park, winning every game against Ohio State since 2011. .

Freshmen midfielder Blair Cowan, who scored the game-winner in the 80th minute in the match against Notre Dame, said the team has been sharp in training heading into the matchup against Penn State.

“We’ve worked on things we struggled with in our last match,” Cowan said. “I think we’re ready for Friday night.”

Following the Penn State  game, Ohio State will stay on the road for a series of away games against Illinois on Thursday Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. and Northwestern on Sunday Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.

Ohio State will face Penn State on Friday at 6 p.m.

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