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Women’s Soccer: Ohio State takes shutout streak into road test

Ohio State then-freshman forward Lexxe Lipsey battles for possession during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Former Sports Editor

The Ohio State women’s soccer team, coming off its third consecutive win of the season, will try to continue finding success while taking on Florida Gulf Coast at home on Friday.

Freshman forward Emaly Vatne received the Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after her  performance against Morehead State, recording a hat trick in the Buckeyes’ 8-0 win on Aug. 30.

With three shutouts on the season, including the 1-0 win over Notre Dame on Sunday. Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr has been confident in her playing ability and the play of her teammates as of late.

“I felt really confident going into the game and I was just ready to give my best version of myself that day,” Kerr said. “Definitely having such a strong team in front of me was also such a great help and I loved our team’s performance against Notre Dame. I thought everybody was full of energy and really buying into what we wanted to do that day.”

Florida Gulf Coast is undefeated through four games, having prevailed in a 3-0 win over Niagara last Friday before a 3-2 win on Sunday over Michigan.

In 2016, Ohio State faced Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Florida, coming away with the 1-0 overtime win.

Kerr said Ohio State hopes to carry momentum into its game against the undefeated Eagles on Friday.

“I think right now our energy going forward is great because of those three wins we have,” Kerr said. “But the way our team looks at it is that it’s just another game, almost like we try to act like the slate is clean, and we just go into it like it’s any other opponent.”

With just a couple of days left before the match, Kerr said the team’s energy is high.

“I think that we just want to keep working on our finishing and capitalizing on all of the opportunities we have and so we can score some more goals in the game,” Kerr said.

The Ohio State women’s soccer team closes out non-conference play on Friday versus Florida Gulf Coast at 5 p.m. at home.

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